Sommelier shortage hampers NY wine industry and upstate tourism
In October 2012, Gov. Andrew Cuomo held a summit in Albany to promote New York's wine, beer and spirits industry. In his 2013 state budget proposal, he also made provision for additional support for promoting New York products, including wine and beer, and promoting upstate tourism. But one upstate culinary center says that there's a piece of the puzzle missing from the governor's plans.
Innovation Trail Editor Matthew Leonard files this report from Canandaigua where the New York Wine and Culinary Center believes that better knowledge about the region's wine, beer and spirits will produce big payoffs in the upstate tourist market. The starting point for that is to address the state's shortfall of Master Sommeliers.