It Was A Good Year, Inc. was formed as a not-for-profit corporation in 1980 for the purpose of tasting and learning about wine. It is run by its members through its elected officers.
IWAGY has been continuously operating for more than 38 years. We hold wine tastings approximately monthly, with at least one special themed wine and food event per year.
With input from our members, our tastings are organized by our officers, members of our Executive Board, and a Tasting Advisory Committee. Tastings are led by wine educators and experienced members of the wine trade, who are selected for their expertise on the tasting topic; they help plan the tasting and select the wines. Sometimes our members lead tastings.
Today our tastings are mostly held at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, with free adjacent indoor parking. These wine tastings are sit-down affairs with a different glass for each wine poured. Most years we also sponsor at least one special “food-wine” event; these have been held at local sites that include some of the Mid Hudson Valley’s finest restaurants as well as private venues such as Locust Grove and the Cunneen Hackett Art Center.