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In the latest WXXI Business Report, a new report from the New York Wine & Grape Foundation shows a multi-billion dollar impact on the state’s economy from wineries and related activities.

Plus, New York's Attorney General says the state will not appeal a court ruling which favors the T-Mobile – Sprint merger, and Xerox’s former CEO, Ursula Burns, donates $1 million to “The WomanMakers Initiative,” an effort that will focus on the accomplishments of African American women.

The Trump administration is considering 100 percent tariffs for European wine and other goods. That could effectively double the price of many wines in stores and restaurants, while also doubling the price of olive oil and other goods. The administration says this is a retaliatory move. Thousands of jobs could be at stake.

We examine the possible impact with our guests:

Up until this year, one of the biggest conferences on wine in the world was held on the west coast, but now, it’s moving to the Finger Lakes. Our guests preview the first-ever FLXcursion and discuss the Finger Lakes’ place in the wine world:

A new report finds that the wine industry is in real danger – and that’s because it’s largely failed to attract new, young adult consumers. The report describes a “tipping point,” and concludes that the industry had long expected millennials to take the place of baby boomer wine buyers. And that hasn’t happened.

Our guests discuss what this means for the Finger Lakes wine industry, and how wine can push its way back into demand. Our guests:

Research shows that when they go out for a drink, Americans – especially millennials – are more likely to order wine or cocktails over beer. Why? Many consumers say wine and spirits taste better, cost less, and are healthier.

The news has the beer industry taking on new strategies to grow and maintain its customer base. Will those strategies work? This hour, we discuss if the decline in beer consumption is a trend, if beer has a marketing problem, and what the future of the alcoholic beverage industry looks like. Our guests:

Cornell is getting ready to host its annual Business, Enology and Viticulture Symposium. We have a conversation about the state of winemaking in a region that is dealing with everything from climate change to tightening resources.

What is the future of winemaking for the region? Our guests weigh in:

  • Anna Katharine Mansfield, associate professor of enology for Cornell AgriTech at the NY State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva
  • Hans Walter-Peterson, team leader and viticulture extension specialist with the Finger Lakes Grape Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Dave Wiemann, vineyard manager at Sheldrake Point Winery in Ovid, on the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake
  • Kelby Russell, head winemaker for Red Newt Cellars

Keuka Spring Vineyards

The wildfires that are ravaging parts of Northern California are also impacting the large wine industry in that region. News of that devastation is on the mind of a Finger Lakes winemaker.

How is climate change impacting the wine industry? There's a growing view among casual observers that climate change is good for the Finger Lakes, bad for California. In reality, climate change is a problem for all wine growing regions. Yes, some wine regions might become too warm to produce high-quality wine grapes. But climate change is not simply about shifting temperature upward, and the complex changes could threaten livelihoods here in our region.

Our guests discuss the reality on the ground, and how the industry is trying to mitigate the effects.

Our Summer of Food Series turns its attention to the most significant competition of the year for New York winemakers: the New York Food & Wine Classic.

We talk to the winemakers behind the Wine of the Year, and the Winery of the Year. Our guests:

The Finger Lakes wine industry is getting ready to celebrate one of its biggest events of the year: the Rose Soiree in Geneva. The event on Linden Street has attracted hundreds of people in the past couple of years, and it puts the focus on a style of wine that has taken a while to gain traction.

We talk to winemakers about the event, the state of the industry, and more.

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