After discussing the latest Siena poll, the Vito Lopez scandal and other big issues Monday, "The Capitol Pressroom" host Susan Arbetter put Gov. Andrew Cuomo on the spot with her next question. 

Gewürztraminer or Riesling? 

"If it says New York state on the label, I like it," Cuomo said. "I like a good Riesling though."

The question came up shortly after Arbetter mentioned she recently visited the Finger Lakes region for a story. Of course, the Finger Lakes region is home to a large -- and still growing -- wine industry. There are more than 200 wineries in New York, with several of them located in the Finger Lakes region. 

Wineries are also a key part of the state's tourism industry. Cuomo hosted a tourism summit earlier this month to discuss ways to better promote the state's many attractions, including sites in upstate New York.

 "The New York state wines are such a beautiful success story," Cuomo said. "I remember years ago when the industry was just starting out. There were just a few pioneers, really. It has come so far and it's such a big part of the state now, big part of the economy. And it's really great."

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Mike RS

Here's the reality... Under Cuomo NY has experienced the demise of 39,453 NY state businesses last year, Cuomo is raiding $1.75 billion from the reserves of the already over budget State Insurance Fund (SIF). Cuomo can not even hold on to his democratic majority which is in the middle of a corruption scandal with “show-me-the-money culture” and “pay-to-play politics” throughout Albany. Cuomo has disenfranchised the Northern and Western part of New York with his SAFE Act. Cuomo is afraid to take a stand and make a decision, either way with respect to Marijuana, fracking or abortions. No matter what your position is, Cuomo is leaving New Yorkers with no resolution to these issues or the ability to move forward. New York has the highest taxes in the nation, is the most indebted state, with 33 percent of income dedicated to borrowing. It is ranked as the least "business-friendly" state in the country and if that were not bad enough NY has the distinction of being the least free state in the union and is called the “Nanny State” with politicians legislating what we eat and drink. Municipal governments from Nassau County to Yonkers to Syracuse are teetering. And during Mr. Cuomo’s time in office, unemployment has risen above the national average. 9% of the state’s 2000 population left for another state between 2000 and 2011 — the highest such figure in the nation, see the study by George Mason's independent libertarian-leaning Mercatus Center.

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