2015 Eastern Winery Exposition Signs 200th Exhibiting Company – WineAmerica Members Get a 10% Discount on Registration

WineAmerica is a Supporting Sponsor of the Eastern Winery Exposition. WineAmerica members will receive a 10% discount on registrations. Log in to the WineAmerica website to get the discount code.

The fourth annual Eastern Winery Exposition (EWE), taking place March 17-19 at The Oncenter in Syracuse, New York, is on the verge of selling out the 2015 show floor with the addition of its 200th exhibiting company: Dynalon Labware.

With more than 290 booth spaces, EWE provides the largest marketplace in the East for those in the winery and vineyard industry to view, evaluate and test the most current products and equipment, and to meet face-to-face with suppliers in one setting. 

The three-day Eastern Winery Exposition begins Tuesday, March 17, with two day-long Workshops, one to feature vineyard and winery start-up’s, the other tailored to expanding vineyards and wineries. A welcome wine reception Tuesday evening provides opportunities for networking and socializing. The two-day conference, along with the trade show, kicks off on Wednesday and features sessions focused in four areas: Viticulture, Enology, Cold Climate Grapes and Marketing, Money and Management.

Researchers from nearby Cornell University will present two conference sessions reflecting Cornell’s most recent research findings in Viticulture and Enology and Cornell Senior Extension Associate Tim Martinson, also Project Director of the Northern Grapes Project, will lead a series focused on issues for cold-climate grapes. The Northern Grapes Symposium takes place within the EWE conference Wednesday, March 18.

Members of the sponsoring Keuka Lake, Seneca and Cayuga Lake Wine Trails, Northern New York Grape Growers Association, Wine Council of Ontario, Long Island Sustainable Winegrowers, and Hudson Valley Wine Country as well as the members of 13 other industry associations and organizations, receive a ten percent discount on EWE registration.

Proximity to the wine regions of New York and Ontario is one of many advantages Syracuse provides as the location for the 2015 EWE. Syracuse, the economic hub of Central New York, offers affordability, easy accessibility by air, car and train, great diversity in shops and restaurants, Destiny, a shopping and entertainment megaplex, a world-famous zoo, and Syracuse University. The 2015 show will be the largest wine industry event ever to be held in New York State.

The Eastern Winery Exposition is an Eastern-focused wine industry trade show and conference

designed to provide the Eastern U.S. and Canadian wineries and vineyards with an easily accessible, low-cost professional meeting with a large number of winery and vineyard suppliers, at the right time of year. The show is sponsored by Wines & Vines and the conference is sponsored by Practical Business Solutions. Media Supporters include Wine & Craft Beverage News, Wine Business Monthly and Grapevine Magazine. The ASEV-Eastern section is also a supporter and will hold live and silent auctions to help raise fund for student scholarships at EWE. Complete event information including a 2015 Exhibitor list is available at EasternWineryExposition.com.

 

Ask Your Advocate – Why Should I Attend Conferences?

Why should I attend the 2015 National Wine and Grape Policy Conference?

The National Wine and Grape Conference, put on jointly by WineAmerica and the Winegrape Growers of America, is a great way for wineries to come to Washington, DC and meet with Members of Congress and their staff. The best way to make a difference in the laws that affect you is to come to DC and meet with policy makers.

This two-and-half day conference will feature speakers, presentations and insights on the politics and policies affecting our industry. A meeting of the WineAmerica Board of Directors and the State and Regional Association Advisory Council will be included in the agenda. The conference will culminate with the annual “Wines of America” reception. Held in the House of Representatives Office Building, in concert with the Wine Caucus, this tasting demonstrates the importance of the American wine industry by featuring wine from over twenty states. This reception is your opportunity to introduce your wine to your member of Congress.

For more information and to register for the Conference visit here.

Why should I attend the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium

The Unified Wine and Grape Symposium is the largest wine and grape conference in the United States. Since its inception in 1995, the conference has continues to grow exponentially. The Symposium, which is jointly put on by the American Society of Viticulture and the California Association of Winegrape Growers, is truly a national conference and it is the only conference and trade show that attracts winemakers and grape growers from across the country. If something is happening in the American wine industry, it is being discussed at Unified. It is also a great opportunity for attendees to meet and socialize with their peers from across the country.

The 2016 Unified Wine and Grape Symposium will be held from January 26-28, 2016 at the Sacramento Convention Center.

Are you a WineAmerica member? Email us your questions! mkaiser@wineamerica.org

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WineAmerica membership offers you direct access to policy makers here in Washington D.C. and a shared grassroots platform with wine industry peers across the country. No matter how many acres of grapes you grow or cases of wine you make, all American wineries share common concerns. As the only national grassroots voice in Washington, D.C. WineAmerica is constantly working to protect and promote the prosperity of America’s diverse wine industry.

Ask Your Advocate – Does the TTB plan on requiring GMO labeling in alcoholic beverages?

Does the TTB plan on requiring GMO labeling in alcoholic beverages?

The TTB does not mandate the use of GMOs on alcoholic beverages. There is no federal GMO labeling requirement currently. Until such time, disclosure is voluntary. The TTB is currently doing an internal review on the existing standards for disclosing any GMOs used in the winemaking process. As of now, with the lack of a federal labeling requirement, it remains to be seen what TTB will do, if anything.

How do I know what is required to ship wine into a particular state?

Currently, 43 states allow some form of direct shipment to varying degrees. Each state has a different requirement. It is easy to become confused by all of the different laws and regulations in each state, but virtually all states that allow shipping have a permitting requirement. No shipping should be down without the proper permitting. Visit ShipCompliant’s state-by-state listing here for a better understanding of what is required.

Are you a WineAmerica member? Email us your questions! mkaiser@wineamerica.org

Join Today!

WineAmerica membership offers you direct access to policy makers here in Washington D.C. and a shared grassroots platform with wine industry peers across the country. No matter how many acres of grapes you grow or cases of wine you make, all American wineries share common concerns. As the only national grassroots voice in Washington, D.C. WineAmerica is constantly working to protect and promote the prosperity of America’s diverse wine industry.

2015 Wine and Grape Policy Conference

Save the Date

Sunday, April 12 – Tuesday, April 14

Holiday Inn Capitol

550 C Street S.W.

Washington, DC 20024

(202) 479-4000

WineAmerica and Winegrape Growers of America are reuniting to produce the 2015 Wine and Grape Policy Conference, April 12-14, 2015. The conference features a revised format to maximize learning, advocacy and networking in a setting only minutes away from Capitol Hill and our nation’s key regulatory agencies.  Winegrowing from grape to glass is heavily regulated. This meeting is the industries opportunity to make its voice heard.

This two-and-half day conference will feature speakers, presentations and insights on the politics and policies affecting our industry. A meeting of the WineAmerica Board of Directors and the State and Regional Association Advisory Council will be included in the agenda. The conference will culminate with the annual “Wines of America” reception. Held in the House of Representatives Office Building, in concert with the Wine Caucus, this tasting demonstrates the importance of the American wine industry by featuring wine from over twenty states. This reception is your opportunity to introduce your wine to your member of Congress.

The 2015 Wine and Grape Policy Conference is your opportunities to make a difference about the laws that affect you.

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REGISTRATION & SPONSORSHIP: To register or to sponsor the conference, click here.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

(Please Book These On Your Own)

Holiday Inn Capitol

Rates: $259/night occupancy, taxes not included

Deadline to reserve a room through the room block is Friday, March 13, 2015. Hotel rooms fill up fast. Please make your hotel reservations before this date!

For hotel reservations, please call the Holiday Inn Capitol 877-572-6951 and reference booking code WG8. For online reservations, please click here.

Hotel Accommodations are being held at the Holiday Inn Capitol for the Winegrape Growers of America for check-in beginning Saturday, April 11, check-out Thursday, April 16. Rate is $259.00 per night. This rate does not include DC sales tax, currently 14.5%. Credit card information is needed at time of reservation.  Individual cancellation policy is 72 hours prior to date of arrival to avoid one night’s room plus tax cancellation charge on credit card provided. Please call 1-877-572-6951 and reference your confirmation number. Please obtain a cancellation number when cancelling a reservation.

 

Ohio Delegation Visits Capitol Hill with WineAmerica

Last week, WineAmerica and Donniella Winchell, Executive Director of the Ohio Wine Producers Association and Vice Chair of the WineAmerica SRAAC, led a small delegation of winemakers and grape growers to Washington, DC, including long time WineAmerica Members Debonne Vineyards and Ferrante Winery. The Grand River Valley in Northeast Ohio suffered catastrophic losses to their grape crops last year due to the extreme cold weather of the 2014 Polar Vortex, with many vineyards facing 100% crop loss. The delegation met with the USDA and the members of the Ohio Congressional delegation to bring USDA and the delegation up to date on all of the 2014 losses. WineAmerica’s government affairs firm Meyers & Associates participated and facilitated these important meetings.

The WineAmerica and the Ohio delegation met with the Risk Management Division of USDA to express appreciation for existing programs, such as the Tree Assistance Program which is part of the Farm Bill, and to explore any potential avenues to address the 2014 losses. Congressional meetings included Rep. David Joyce (whose district includes the Grand River Valley) and Rep. Marcy Kaptur, and the offices of Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman.

Forming and maintaining important relationship with members of Congress, and keeping them up-to-date on the wine industry’s many needs, is just one example of how WineAmerica works for its members. Get involved. Join today.