The NYS Restaurant Association’s NYC team was lucky enough to attend the third annual NYDrinksNY Grand tasting on March 17th. As expected, the locally sourced wines did not disappoint. The event's host, the New York Wine and Grape Foundation, welcomed over 30 wineries from the state—each room a different journey through the distinct and delicious wines of that region.
With over 100 different wines being poured to a sold out room of beverage purchasers and industry professionals, it was clear that the locavore movement is no longer relegated to food only, but finally gaining momentum on New York City wine lists as well.
The push to locally source wine is certainly not a new one but it has received a recent and substantial push from Governor Andrew Cuomo in the form of the TasteNY campaign. In addition to having a presence at Monday’s event, TasteNY has been working closely with the Association to promote New York made products and facilitate their placement in restaurants. One initiative developed to further this goal, and commend the restaurants that have chosen to source New York products, is the Pride of NY Pledge. Speaking to its success, the Governor’s office sent out a press release on March 14th, proudly listing the more than 100 NY restaurants currently participating.
The NYS Restaurant Association President and CEO, Melissa Fleicshut is quoted in the release, saying “We believe this is only the beginning and look forward to helping connect more restaurants with great local New York State products.”
If the NY Drinks NY event is any indication, we have a lot of exciting NY made goods to look forward to!