Posted on | September 26, 2013
Written by | Cara McIlwaine
Last month we reported on the results of the Governor’s Cup Wine Tour and Competition. On August 13th, Governor Andrew Cuomo invited wine industry professionals, retailers, restaurateurs and tourism officials to tour some Finger Lakes wine properties and sample some of the best wines and foods the Empire State has to offer.
Speaking during the tour, Cuomo said, “New York’s wine industry supports thousands of jobs across the state and is an important partner to our agricultural and tourism industries.” The event had the significant support and participation from some of the industry’s association leaders and members.
Jeff Saunders, president of the Retailers Alliance, said, “The Governor’s visit and the New York ad he released were the culmination of a lot of hard work by retailers around the state. For a long time, we have felt like retailers and wineries were the only ones pushing New York wine despite it being a multi-billion dollar industry here. With the Governor as a true partner, we are confident New York wines will begin to fly off the shelves.”
Rick Sampson, past president & CEO of the New York State Restaurant Association, was also in attendance. “The NYS Restaurant Association was pleased to join Governor Cuomo on his wine tour and we proudly support his initiative to place more New York wine and spirits into local restaurants. We are proud to be working with the Governor to connect more of these wonderful purveyors with the significant collective buying power of our member restaurants in order to support increased use of local New York products,” Sampson said.
Michael Correra, President of METRO, commented, “We thank Governor Cuomo for recognizing and promoting the award-winning wines that New York wineries produce. This latest tourism promotion complements the retailers’ efforts to boost sales of New York wines, spirits and ciders and encourages our customers to give local wines a try.”
Tom Edwards, President of the New York State Liquor Store Association, said, “We so appreciate the Governor’s support, putting the focus and spotlight on the wines and spirits that New York has to offer. As a retailer, we appreciate it very much, as enhanced consumer awareness assists us in selling products.”