The 2015 holiday season seems like a month ago, and the grape harvest just yesterday.
But here we are at the end of another year--and the beginning of the next.
Overall, 2016 has been a very good year. In most regions, the harvest was excellent in terms of quality, and sufficient in quantity. The number of wineries continued to grow in many parts of the State. And New York wines kept getting ever more recognition for consistent quality.
2017 will be a year of change. Sam Filler will become executive director of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation on January 1, and I will continue as president until March 31 in order to fully orient him on the challenges and opportunities he will face.
I will move on as president of WineAmerica, the national organization of American wineries, and continue as president of the International Riesling Foundation, as well as judging in major wine competitions. A new administration will occupy Washington, presenting many uncertainties related to programs and policies affecting the New York and American grape and wine industry.