He has served on WineAmerica's board and executive committee for more than 20 years, and when he decided to leave NYWGF, Trezise wanted to continue to be involved with the organization.
He will remain at NYWGF until March 31 to help Samuel Filler, the new executive director of the NYWGF, with his transition into that organization.
Filler has served on the board of the NYWGF
as representative for the ESD.
"As far as we can tell, China is looking for large volumes of very inexpensive wines, which we (in New York) simply don't have," said Trezise of the NYWGF
. "New York is essentially a small winery industry that makes good quality wines ...
The industry must develop private sector funding mechanisms so that programs previously supported by the state can continue--including the NYWGF
When the NYWGF
was threatened with the loss of its funding, wineries, media and legislators rallied in its behalf.
They've kept a lot of us from making stupid mistakes." NYWGF, a statewide industry association, has sponsored and funded an extensive research program, largely through Cornell and Geneva.
By all accounts, the incident that started the ball rolling occurred at a strategic planning meeting of the NYWGF board in 2000.
Funding structures vary by trail, but the NYWGF provides annual matching funds to all of them for marketing initiatives.
The trail's president, Phyllis Feder, said her budget ranges from $10,000 to $14,000, a portion of which is funded by the NYWGF. Trail members can also submit proposals for one-time fund allocations for special projects, such as website improvement, offered periodically from organizations such as the N.Y.
New York wineries are given a financial incentive to use the New York Wine & Grape Foundation's (NYWGF
) "Uncork New York" program.
In conjunction with the Humpty Dumpty Institute (HDI), a New York-based nonprofit organization working to clear minefields around the world, the New York Wine and Grape Foundation (NYWGF
) has organized a series of special events to raise funds to clear minefields in the Fizuli district of Azerbaijan.