Sunday, February 24, 2008

New York Wine Makes Telelvison Appearance

According to Jim Tresize, from the New York Grape and WIne Foundation:
NEW YORK WINE COUNTRY will soon be on the tube, with two public television stations getting ready to air programs featuring various aspects of the New York wine industry. Western New York’s WNED ( Buffalo ) produced “Wineries of Western New York and the Finger Lakes” last year, along with “Wineries of Canada’s Niagara Peninsula ” featuring our friends from across Niagara Falls . Both 90-minute shows explain the advantages of cool climate viticulture and visit numerous wineries on each side of the river. They will both air on Saturday, March 15 starting at 6:30 pm with the New York segment.

On a far broader scale, WXXI ( Rochester ) will soon offer local viewers a sneak preview of its 13-segment “Taste of New York” series featuring New York wines, foods, farmers, agri-tourism and culinary tourism throughout the State. Every segment starts and ends at the New York Wine & Culinary Center with on-air host Susan Hunt and Executive Chef Dan Martello introducing the program upfront, then at the end creating a recipe with food ingredients and wines from the featured region. The first three episodes provide overviews of the New York Wine & Culinary Center, the statewide wine industry, and New York as a farm state, followed by segments in New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, Finger Lakes East and West, Niagara/Lake Erie, North Country, and the Capitol district. The last two episodes feature unique perspectives on “Entrepreneurs of the Earth” and “Taste of the Future”. WXXI produced the series in high definition (HD), which means it will automatically be distributed nationally to all PBS stations. The sneak preview will include the first three episodes back to back starting at 5 pm on Sunday, March 2, with the series officially beginning its run on April 5.

We are partnering with WXXI on a launch party April 17 (5-9 pm) at the Rochester Hyatt with host Susan Hunt and Chef Dan, along with over 20 wineries and many food producers.