More news from Jim Trezise of the New York State Wine and Grape Foundation:
The economic impact of the Finger Lakes grape and wine industry is featured in a newsletter
from the New York State Department of Labor.
Written by Kevin Jacks,
the article starts with a great quote from the New York Time's Eric
Asimov ("Really, if you haven't tried any wines from the Finger Lakes in
recent years, you're missing out."), and then highlights the various
ways in which our industry is a major economic engine.
Read it at http://www.labor.state.ny.us/stats/PDFs/enys0313.pdf
Of course, we've known that for years, with studies to prove it. I'm delighted to report we will soon be launching an updated and expanded economic study that hopefully will be done by the end of the year. The last one, based on 2008 data, showed our industry generates annual economic benefits to the state exceeding $3.76 billion.