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Interpreting Wine Podcast

Mar 8, 2023

I’m Lawrence Francis, Host of Interpreting Wine, welcoming you to the New York Grower 2023 Special Series. specially commissioned by the New York Wine and Grape Foundation for your listening pleasure. Across these 7 episodes recorded in Feb and Mar 2023 we’ll be exploring the modern New York grape growing scene in the company of 6 producers. Including a Deep Dive into the New York Wine and Grape Foundations’ Sustainable Vineyard Certification. Absolutely reflecting the most up-to-date realities of grapegrowing in the region. Given the level of listener and wider wine trade interest in quality grapes as the basis for quality wines, a series I’m particularly excited to share and a real landmark for the channel.  Subscribe to be alerted when new series episodes go live.

We kick things off today in the company of Sam Filler and Justin Jackson of New York Wine and Grape Foundation. Firstly, Executive Director Sam Filler sets the scene, outlining the long-standing sustainability credentials that New York grape growers can proudly lay claim to. Music to my ears, given its focus on the growers and ultimately making their the local industry more equitable for them and therefore a more sustainable industry. Sam also sharing a personal example of the often unseen impacts of chemical interventions within the vineyard on biodiversity.

(00:00:08) Episode intro

(00:02:40) Sam Filler, Executive Director of Wine & Grape Foundation

(00:14:46) Justin Jackson, Sustainability Program Manager

Sustainable Vineyard Certification Introduction

The Three Pillars of Sustainability: Environmentally Sound, Socially Equitable, Economically Viable

The Importance of The Sustainable Vineyard Certification Trustmark

Update on Current Certification Cycle

Nine Objectives of Vinebalance Workbook

Interconnected Sustainability Best Practice 

Sustainable Wine Roundtable Membership

Looking Ahead For First Certifications in 2023

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The New Investors

GUEST CONTACT: Sam Filler and Justin Jackson, New York Wine and Grape Foundation

Date recorded: 17 Feb 2023

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New York Grower 2023 series direct links Justin Jackson, Sustainability Program Manager, Sam Filler, Executive Director Kelby Russell, Red Newt Mike Colizzi, Kashong Glen Vineyards Jason Hazlitt, Sawmill Creek Vineyards Carre Doyle, Matthew Doyle, Doyle Vineyards Matt Kelly, Hunt Country Vineyards Oskar Bynke, Thijs Verschuuren, Hermann J Wiemer