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Dr. Konstantin Frank biggest winner in NY Classic

WATKINS GLEN — Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars finished atop the heap in the 27th annual New York Wine & Food Classic held here Monday and Tuesday.

The Finger Lakes winery’s 2011 Semi Dry Riesling won the Governor’s Cup trophy, the event’s top honor, and the winery itself was named winery of the year.

The Governor’s Cup recognizes the best of show, top prize of all 773 entries. The “winery of the year” goes to the enterprise with the best overall showing based on the level and number of awards in relation to entries.

This year’s competition included 752 New York wines, nine hard ciders and 12 spirits from the Long Island, Hudson Valley, Finger Lakes, Niagara Escarpment, Lake Erie, and other regions of New York State.

En route to the top award, the Frank entry also was named best white wine, best overall Riesling and best medium dry Riesling, and its overall portfolio of entries earned one double gold, two gold and four silver medals, which contributed to its winery of the year designation.

The “Best of Category” awards, all eligible for the Governor’s Cup, went to:

• Best Sparkling Wine: Atwater Estate Vineyards 2008 Cuvee Brut
• Best Blush Wine: Miles Wine Cellars Wisteria
• Best Red Wine: Miles Wine Cellars 2009 Lemberger
• Best Dessert Wine: Sheldrake Point Winery 2010 Riesling Ice Wine
• Best Specialty Wine: Baldwin Vineyards Trilogy
• Best Hard Cider: McKenzie’s Hard Cider Black Cherry
• Best Spirit: Finger Lakes Distilling Seneca Drums Gin
• Best Limited Production Wine: Anthony Road Wine Company 2009 Riesling, Martini-Reinhardt Selection Series, Martini Vineyards

The “Best of Class” awards go to Double Gold (unanimous agreement of the judges) or Gold medal wines in classes of at least seven wines. Those awards:

• Best Oaked Chardonnay: Martha Clara Vineyards 2010 Chardonnay, Estate Reserve
• Best Unoaked Chardonnay: Paumanok Vineyards 2011 Festival Chardonnay
• Best Overall Chardonnay: Paumanok Vineyards 2011 Festival Chardonnay
• Best Gewürztraminer: Sheldrake Point Winery 2011 Gewürztraminer
• Best Dry Riesling: Lucas Vineyards 2010 Dry Riesling
• Best Medium Dry Riesling: Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars 2011 Riesling, Semi-Dry
• Best Medium Sweet Riesling: Belhurst Estate Winery 2011 Riesling, Semi-Dry
• Best Sweet Riesling: Wagner Vineyards 2011 Riesling Select, Estate Bottled & Grown
• Best Overall Riesling: Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars 2011 Riesling, Semi-Dry
• Best Sauvignon Blanc: Billsboro Winery 2011 Sauvignon Blanc
• Best Pinot Gris: Thirsty Owl Wine Company 2011 Pinot Gris
• Best Vinifera White Blend: Atwater Estate Vineyards 2011 Riewurz
• Best Vinifera/Hybrid White Blend: Silver Thread Vineyard 2011 Good Earth White
• Best Traminette: Goose Watch Winery 2010 Traminette
• Best Vidal: Long Point Winery 2011 Vidal Blanc
• Best Hybrid White Blend Tug Hill Vineyards Lake Effect
• Best Cayuga: Lucas Vineyards 2011 Cayuga White
• Best Diamond: Goose Watch Winery 2011 Diamond
• Best Catawba: Miles Wine Cellars Wisteria
• Best Cabernet Sauvignon: Kings Garden Vineyards King’s Cab, Estate Grown, Produced & Bottled
• Best Merlot: Bedell Cellars 2008 Merlot
• Best Cabernet Franc: Ventosa Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Franc, Old Vineyard
• Best Pinot Noir: Osprey’s Dominion Vineyards 2009 Pinot Noir, Estate Bottled
• Best Lemberger: Miles Wine Cellars 2009 Lemberger
• Best Vinifera Red Blend: Atwater Estate Vineyards 2010 Big Blend
• Best Other Red Vinifera Varietal: Bedell Cellars 2010 Malbec
• Best Concord: Coyote Moon Vineyards Fire Boat Red
• Best Mead: Earle Estates Meadery Cherry Charisma
• Best Fruit: Baldwin Vineyards Trilogy
• Best Spirit: Finger Lakes Distilling Seneca Drums Gin
• Best Late Harvest Wine: Anthony Road Wine Company 2011 Sweet Dream
• Best Ice Wine: Sheldrake Point Winery 2010 Riesling Ice Wine
• Best Vinifera Sparkling White: Atwater Estate Vineyards 2008 Cuvee Brut

The awards were based on blind tastings by 23 judges — four from California, 10 from New York, six from other states, one from France and two from the United Kingdom.

The Classic is organized by Teresa Knapp of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, and is open to all 321 New York wineries from all regions.


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Posted by on August 15, 2012 in Competition, Wine

 

NY wines collect 141 medals at Indy International

Jim Trezise, president of the New York State Wine & Grape Foundation, has New York state entries’ results from this week’s Indy International Wine Competition at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.

And, an excellent outing it was for 21 Brix Winery. Its Ellatawba, a Catawba-based wine from the Lake Erie region, won “best rosé.”

Says Trezise of the NY entries, “The total haul of 141 medals included 12 concordance gold (similar to double gold), 23 gold, 66 silver and 40 bronze medals, with several of New York’s concordance golds included in the final sweepstakes round.”

Other concordance gold medals went to Belhurst Winery 2011 Pinot Grigio and 2011 Semi-Dry Riesling, Dr. Frank 2010 Rkatsiteli, Goose Watch 2011 Riesling-Gewurztraminer, Harvest Moon Cidery at Critz Farm 2011 Maple Moon Hard Cider, Hunt Country Dolce di Moscate (Valvin Muscat), Liberty Vineyards Diamond, Swedish Hill Niagara and 2010 Late Harvest Vignoles, Wagner Vineyards 2011 Riesling Ice Wine, and Winery of Ellicottville EVL White (a Diamond blend).

Gold medals were awarded to 21 Brix Cayuga White and Ella’s White (Niagara); Chateau Frank 2007 Blanc de Blancs; Coyote Moon 2010 Pinot Noir, 2011 Island Mama, and 2011 Cherry Bomb; Dr. Frank 2011 Reserve Gewurztraminer; 2011 Semi Dry Riesling and 2011 Pinot Gris; Fox Run 2010 Reserve Chardonnay and 2011 Reserve Riesling; Goose Watch 2011 Melody; Lakewood Vineyards 2010 Lemberger and 2011 Dry Riesling; Long Point Winery 2010 Sangiovese; Seneca Shore Dry Riesling Old Vines; Swedish Hill Viking White, 2011 Vidal Blanc, and 2011 Cayuga White; Thirsty Owl 2011 Vidal Blanc; Torrey Ridge Diamond; Wagner Vineyards 2011 Semi-Dry Riesling and 2011 Vidal Blanc.


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Posted by on August 4, 2012 in Competition, Wine

 

Virginia ‘best of show’ for Chateau Frank

In what is getting to be a habit, a New York State wine took “best of show” honors on a major competition.

The Chateau Frank 2006 Blanc de Noir won “best of show” honors in the 8th annual Atlantic Seaboard Competition held in Haymarket, VA.

In addition, Dr. Frank 2010 Pinot Gris took a gold and “best of category.” Others with the same honors from New York were Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2010 Gewurztraminer, Belhurst Winery 2011 Semi-Dry Riesling, and Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2010 Pinot Noir Blanc.

Additional golds went to 21 Brix 2011 Chardonnay, Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2010 Pinot Gris, Dr. Frank 2011 Semi-Dry Riesling, and Fulkerson Winery 2010 Dry Riesling.

Panels of 20 judges evaluated 495 wines produced in 17 states. An observation from Dave McIntyre, one of the judges, posted on his blog:

“What a difference a year makes. The sweepstakes round … included 20 wines, and nearly all (especially the reds) were from the very ripe 2010 vintage. Some of these were superb. There were some 2010s that didn’t earn gold medals because they were clumsy and even overripe and alcoholic. The rainy 2011 vintage tended to live down to expectations, with a few exceptions. Even the whites -– Rieslings, Viogniers and especially Chardonnays -– tended to be lackluster, and the reds dilute. Keep in mind that most of the better 2011 reds have not been released.”

The competition, run by the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association, is designed to promote and help market wines produced in the eastern U.S. The organization changed its name in 2008 from the Vinifera Wine Growers Association.


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Posted by on August 4, 2012 in Competition, Wine

 

10 NY wines best-of-class in California competition

LONG BEACH, CA — The Long Beach Grand Cru competition held over the weekend was a medal bumper crop for New York State wines — 115 medals, among them 10 best-of-class, 26 gold, 55 silver and 24 bronze.

Best-of-class winners, which were in the final “sweepstakes” round, included:

• 1 for 21 Brix — Ella’s Red (Concord) from Lake Erie

• 1 for Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2– 010 Estate Dry Riesling

• 2 for Coyote Moon — Twisted Sister (Frontenac) and Marquette

• 2 for Goose Watch  — 2011 Diamond and 2011 Rose of Isabella

• 4 for Swedish Hill —  2011 Riesling, Niagara, Catawba, and 2010 Late Harvest Vignoles

Gold medals went to 21 Brix Raspberry, 2011 Dry Riesling, 2011 Gewurztraminer, and 2011 Chardonnay; Anyela’s Vineyards 2010 Riesling and 2008 Cabernet Franc; Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2010 Chardonnay Proprietor’s Reserve, 2010 Semi-Dry Estate Riesling and 2011 Semi-Dry Estate Riesling; Coyote Moon La Crescent; Dr. Konstantin Frank 2010 Rkatsiteli, 2011 Dry Riesling, and 2011 Semi-Dry Riesling;

Also, Goose Watch 2011 Cabernet Franc and 2010 Traminette; Hazlitt 2010 Riesling Homestead Reserve; Johnson Estate 2011 Delaware and Concord; Penguin Bay Tuxedo Red and 2011 Riesling; Sparkling Pointe 2009 Topaz Imperial, North Fork of Long Island; Swedish Hill 2011 Chardonnary-Riesling Blue Waters, Blanc de Blanc, 2011 Dry Riesling, and 2011 Cayuga White; and Wagner Vineyards 2010 Riesling Estate Bottled.


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Posted by on July 23, 2012 in Competition, Wineries

 

Call for entries in HV Wine & Spirits test

The Hudson Valley Wine & Grape Association is accepting entries for its Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits Competition, to be judged on September 8.

“The competition is part of the Hudson Valley Wine Festival, who will be hosting the judging for the second year. The top categories of the competition will be announced during the festival, which gives the winners the opportunity to turn awards into immediate sales,” said Michael Migliore, president of the association.

The entry deadline is August 22. Links to use in registering for the event, to be held at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck:

HV Wine & Spirits Competition

Call for entries and instructions

Entry cover sheet

Spirit entry form

Wine categories

Spirit categories


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Posted by on June 11, 2012 in Competition, Hudson Valley

 

A Chateau Frank gem keeps adding to its luster

Bronze is OK, silver is better, gold is great, but platinum? Now you’re talking!

That’s what was awarded to the Chateau Frank 2006 Blanc de Noirs at the recent Critics Challenge wine competition in San Diego, an honor that merely lengthens the list of such accolades for the Finger Lakes sparkling wine.

“That is just the latest in an impressive string that almost certainly makes it the top award-winning methode champenoise sparkling wine from the Finger Lakes ever,” says Jim Trezise, president of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation.

Trezise, who is meticulous in tracking such things, lists these other awards for this particular wine:

• Chairman’s Award (Double Gold) at Riverside International;

• Gold at Great Lakes

• Double Gold at Tasters Guild International

• 93 Points/Finalist at the Ultimate Wine Challenge

• Double Gold at U.S. National

• Best New World Sparkling Wine and Double Gold at New World International Wine Competition

• Gold, 93 Points, and Best Northeastern Sparkling Wine at BTI World Wine Championships

• Gold at Florida State Fair International

• Double Gold & Best of Class at American Wine Society.

“And,” says Trezise, “that’s just so far this year!  Coincidentally, in just about a month is the 50th anniversary celebration of Dr. Konstantin Frank’s Vinifera Wine Cellars, and they sure have great bubbly to toast it.”

The Blanc de Noir is 96% Pinot Noir kissed with just 4% Pinot Meunier. The other important numbers are 1.15 acid, 2.02 PH, 1 residual sugar and 12.3% alcohol. Perhaps the most impressive number, however, is the price — a mere $29.99 a bottle.


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Niagara wine leads NY medalists in California

It was a surprise to many when a wine from the Niagara Escarpment took “Best Dessert Wine” honors at the recent Riverside (CA) International Wine Competition.

The honor went to Arrowhead Spring Vineyards‘ 2009 Late Harvest Vidal that, on the way to the title, also took “Best of Class” and a “Chairman’s Award,” the latter requiring unanimous agreement among judges, like a Double Gold in most other competitions.

Arrowhead is a small farm winery with just 65 rows of grapes under cultivation. The facility is located at 4746 Town Line Road (Route 93) in the Town
of Cambria (14094) between Upper and Lower Mountain Roads on
the Niagara Escarpment.

Other “Best of Class”/”Chairman’s Award” winners from New York, which also were among the “Sweepstakes” round wines:

  • 21 Brix Raspberry
  • Chateau Frank 2006 Blanc de Noirs
  • Keuka Spring Vineyards 2011 Riesling
  • Liberty Vineyards & Winery Reds, Whites & Blues Rosé
  • Thirsty Owl Wine Company 2011 Diamond
  • Thousand Islands Winery 2010 Marquette

Other “Chairman’s Awards”-only winners:

  • Fox Run Vineyards 2009 Tierce Dry Riesling (in collaboration with Anthony Road Winery and Red Newt Cellars)
  • Hazlitt 1952 Vineyards 2010 Dry Riesling Homestead Reserve
  • Red Tail Ridge Winery 2010 Dry Riesling
  • Swedish Hill Winery Blue Waters Riesling

“Gold” medals went to:

  • Arrowhead Spring Vineyards 2008 Meritage Reserve
  • Casa Larga Vineyards 2009 French Oak Reserve Chardonnay
  • Casa Large Vineyards 2009 Fiori delle Stelle Riesling Ice Wine
  • Chateau LaFayette Reneau Seyval-Chardonnay
  • Dr. Frank 2010 Semi-Dry Riesling
  • Fox Run Vineyards 2010 Riesling
  • Glenora Wine Cellars 2010 Late Harvest Riesling
  • Glenora Wine Cellars 2003 Brut
  • Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards Vidal Blanc Ice Wine
  • Keuka Spring Vineyards 2010 Vignoles Dessert Wine
  • Lakewood Vineyards 2010 Riesling
  • Leonard Oakes Estate Winery 2009 Vidal Ice Wine
  • Red Tail Ridge Winery 2009 Blaufrankish
  • Swedish Hill Winery Spumante Blush 2007 Optimus
  • Swedish Hill Winery 2010 Chardonnay Reserve
  • Swedish Hill Winery 2011 Riesling
  • Swedish Hill Winery 2011 Cayuga White
  • Thirsty Owl Wine Company 2011 Snow Owl
  • Wagner Vineyards 2009 Estate Bottled Dry Riesling

Other New York wines received won 96 Silver and 39 Bronze awards, for a total of 164 medals.


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Posted by on May 16, 2012 in Competition, Wine

 

B.A.M. beerfest and competition set in Saratoga

SARATOGA SPRINGS — “B.A.M.” has nothing to do with chef Emeril Lagasse.

It’s the B.A.M. Fest, the initials standing for beer and music.

The beer portion includes beer sampling and a homebrew competition. The music portion includes New Regime and Will Severin.

The inaugural event is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at the Saratoga Polo complex, 2 Bloomfield Road. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the gate, and are available online. Tickets include five beer samples, although extras can be purchased at the event.

The deadline for entering the homebrew competition is May 25. Brewers can get full details by calling 669-4396. The overall event is a fundraiser for The Creative Place International, a non-profit organization that provides arts-in-education resources to young people and their families.

Speaking of Saratoga Polo, the 2012 season is set for July 6 through September 2, with matches scheduled for Fridays and Sundays at 5:30 p.m.


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Anthony Road takes lone U.S. Gold in France

STRASBOURG, France — Judges at the prestigious Riesling du Monde competition this year awarded 63 gold medals. However, despite the rise of Rieslings in America, particularly in the Finger Lakes, only one went to an American entry.

Anthony Road Wine Company‘s 2009 Finger Lakes Riesling Martini-Reinhardt Selection was awarded a gold medal.

By country, 38 Golds went to France, 16 to Germany, 3 to Austria, 2 each to Hungary and the Czech Republic and 1 each to South Africa and the U.S. Riesling originated in the Rhine Valley and Moselle regions, believed to have been cultivated there since Roman times.

Anthony Road was founded by Ann and John Martini. Their first wines were made from the 1989 grape crop and released in 1990. Their vineyard manager is son Peter, and their winemaker is Johannes Reinhardt, a native of Germany whose family boasts that it has been in the wine business since 1438.

The winery is located at 1020 Anthony Road in Penn Yan, NY. Phone: (800) 559-2182.


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Posted by on April 30, 2012 in Competition, Wineries

 

Out-of-staters top Finger Lakes wine test

ROCHESTER — Out-of-state wines took the top awards in the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, held at the Rochester Plaza Hotel.

John Rose Award for Best Riesling: Chateau Fontaine 2011 Dry White Riesling ($16) from Lake Leelanau, MI.

Crystal Grape Award for Best Ice Wine: 2008 A Capella Riesling Ice Wine ($92.50) from Black Star Farms, Suttons Bay, MI.

Best Chardonnay: Merryvale Vineyards 2010 Chardonnay from St. Helena, CA.

Best Cabernet Sauvignon: Canoe Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($28) from Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville, WA.

New York State wines won more than 450 medals, including 10 double gold and 29 gold. The competition drew about 3,200 entries from 22 countries and all 50 states, which were evaluated by 60 judges from 15 different countries and many states. All proceeds go to Camp Good Days and Special Times, whose headquarters is in Mendon.

The New York double-gold winners:

LONG ISLAND

• Sparkling Pointe: 2006 Blanc de Blancs ($42) and 2002 Brut Seduction ($60).

HUDSON VALLEY

• Robibero Family Winery: 2010 Dry Riesling ($16.99).

FINGER LAKES

• Lakewood Vineyards: 2009 Lemberger ($15.99).

• Casa Larga Vineyards: 2008 Fiori della Stelle Vidal Ice Wine ($45).

• Fulkerson: 2011 Matinee ($13.99).

• Goose Watch: 2010 Traminette ($13).

• Treleaven: 2010 Dry Riesling ($14.99).

• Schulze: 2010 Late Harvest Vidal Blanc ($24.95).

• Seneca Shore: Cabernet Franc ($16.99).

You can see the full results of all medals awarded by going here.


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Posted by on April 1, 2012 in Competition, Wine

 

Reneau’s Dry Riesling a smashing success

ONTARIO, CA — A Finger Lakes winery’s entry has been “Grand Champion” in the New World International Wine Competition (NWIWC).

Chateau LaFayette Reneau’s 2010 Dry Riesling earned the honor after winning “Best New World White Wine,” “Best New World Riesling,” “Best of Varietal,” “Best of Class” and a Double Gold.

Hats off to winemaker Tim Miller and owner Bob Reno for this sweep of categories.

Chateau Frank fared quite well, its 2006 Blanc de Noirs taking “Best New World Sparkling Wine,” “Best of Varietal,” “Best of Class” and Double Gold en route to topping that category.

Another particularly strong honor was taken by Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards’ 2010 Chardonnay, rated “Best New World Chardonnay.” In a state known for its Chardonnays and nearly all of the judges from California, it was quite a coup for the Finger Lakes winery.

Other strong New York finishes:

  • Dr. Frank 2010 Gruner Veltliner (Best of Class and Gold)
  • Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards Vidal Ice Wine (Best of Varietal, Best of Class, Double Gold)
  • Merritt Estate Bella Rosa (Best of Class, Gold)
  • Sparkling Pointe 2006 Blanc de Blancs (Best of Class, Double Gold)
  • Swedish Hill Winery 2010 Vignoles 25th Anniversary Reserve (Best of Varietal, Best of Class, Gold)
  • Riesling Cuvee (Best of Class, Double Gold)
  • Dr. Frank 2010 Pinot Gris (Double Gold)

In addition, Golds went to:

  • Belhurst Estate Winery 2010 Chardonnay
  • Dr. Frank 2011 Dry Riesling
  • Sparkling Pointe Cuvee Carnaval
  • Swedish Hill Winery 2010 Riesling

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Posted by on March 24, 2012 in Competition, Wineries

 

NYers come up big in California tests

Thanks to Jim Trezise at the New York Wine & Grape Foundation for this update on how New York wines fared in recent California competitions:

Monterey Wine Competition

Swedish Hill 2010 Late Harvest Vignoles took “Best of Show Dessert Wine.”

Goose Watch 2010 Traminette and Merritt Bella Rosa took “Best of Class” in their categories. Swedish Hill’s Spumante got a Platinum award, while Gold medals went to Anthony Road 2010 Cabernet Franc/Lemberger; Chateau Frank 2006 Blanc de Noirs; Dr. Frank 2010 Muscat Ottonel, 2011 Gruner Veltliner, and 2010 Pinot Gris; Merritt Gewurztraminer; Penguin Bay Tuxedo Red, Percussion, and 2010 Moscato; and Swedish Hill Viking Red.

San Diego International Wine Competition

Casa Larga 2009 Fiori Riesling Ice Wine took “Best of Show Dessert Wine.”

Platinum awards went to Keuka Spring 2010 Vignoles Dessert Wine and Wolffer 2010 Diosa Late Harvest Chardonnay. Gold medals were awarded to Coyote Moon Vineyards 2011 Brianna, Dr. Frank 2011 Dry Riesling, Keuka Spring Harvest Blush, Lakewood 2010 Riesling, and Sparkling Pointe Cuvee Carnaval.


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Posted by on March 19, 2012 in Competition, Wine

 

NYS Fair seeking amateur brewers, winemakers

So, you think your homemade beer or wine is good stuff? The competition organizers for the Great New York State Fair would like to talk to you.

Amateur homebrewers and winemakers 21 and older can submit entries in home brew, commerical wine and amateur wine categories. There is a range of entry fees. Competition rules, entry deadlines and fees have just been posted online and can be downloaded here.

The Fair is a 12-day celebration of New York agriculture, entertainment, art and commerce held in Geddes, near Syracuse, and attracts nearly one million people each summer. This year, it will take place August 23 through September 3.


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Posted by on March 6, 2012 in Beer, Competition, Wine

 

NYers collect 16 double golds in Tampa

TAMPA, FL — New York wines collected a whopping 155 medals at the Florida State Fair International Wine & Grape Juice Competition held Thursday through today.

(OK, I don’t know at what point a total begins to “whop,” but 155 seems a reasonable amount.)

Of that count, 16 were double gold (unanimous vote of the tasting panel), 22 gold (majority ote of the panel), 65 silver, and 52 bronze, led by a trio of double golds for Liberty Vineyards & Winery’s entries — Purple Haze, 2010 Riesling, and White Side of the Moon.

Other New York double gold medals went to Americana 2009 Finger Lakes Chardonnay, Lawyer Family Winery; Arbor Hill Healthy Purple (grape juice); Glenora 2010 Finger Lakes Late Harvest Riesling and 2003 Finger Lakes Brut Methode Champenoise; Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2010 Finger Lakes Homestead Reserve Riesling and 2010 Finger Lakes Chardonnay; Heron Hill 2009 Finger Lakes Ingle Vineyard Riesling and 2010 Finger Lakes Semi-Sweet Riesling; Keuka Spring 2011 Finger Lakes Riesling; Lakewood 2010 Finger Lakes Chardonnay; Montezuma Finger Lakes Fat Frog Red; Swedish Hill 2010 Finger Lakes Riesling and Viking Red; and Wagner Vineyards Finger Lakes Sparkling Riesling.

Gold medals were awarded to Americana 2010 Finger Lakes Crystal Lake; Anthony Road 2010 Finger Lakes Gewurztraminer; Brookview Station Hudson River Region The Conductors Cassis; Casa Larga 2008 Finger Lakes Estate Fiori Delle Stelle Vidal Ice Wine; Chateau Frank 2006 Finger Lakes Estate Bottled Blanc de Noir; Dr. Frank 2010 Finger Lakes Dry Riesling, 2010 Finger Lakes Muscat Ottonel, and 2010 Finger Lakes Semi-Dry Riesling; Fulkerson 2010 Finger Lakes Vidal Blanc Iced Wine; Hazlitt 2010 Finger Lakes Vidal Ice Wine; Heron Hill 2010 Finger Lakes Dry Riesling;

Also, Hunt Country Finger Lakes Classic Red and 2010 Finger Lakes Estate Bottled Cayuga White; Keuka Spring Finger Lakes Harvest Blush; Lakewood 2010 Finger Lakes Rielsing, 2010 Finger Lakes Dry Riesling, and 2010 Finger Lakes Borealis; Owera New York Bettys White; Swedish Hill Finger Lakes Riesling Cuvee and Spumante Blush; Torrey Ridge Finger Lakes Niagara and Finger Lakes Diamond.

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Posted by on February 11, 2012 in Competition, Wine

 

• Bashakill cab franc tops HV competition

RHINEBECK, NY — A comparatively young winery took “Best In Show” honors in the Hudson Valley Wine Competition held here Saturday.

Bashakill Vineyards’ 2010 Black Bear Cabernet Franc edged out Millbrook Vineyards & WInery’s 2009 Proprietor’s Reserve Chardonnay for the top honor.

The largest number of acres on the Millbrook estate are in Chardonnay grapes, so it seems fitting that a Millbrook Chardonnay won the took top honors in the Hudson Valley Wine Competition, thus propelling it into the final round.

However, red wine category winner Bashakill emerged on top in a vote of the 13 judges — including yours truly — in the only part of the competition that was not divided into judging panels trying different wine.

The competition, which had 184 entries, was limited to Hudson Valley wineries, although they had the option of entering wines using fruit from outside the region if they desired.

Millbrook winemaker John Graziano has been producing wines at the Dutchess County facility since 1984. Bashakill owner/winemaker Paul DiNinno has been working his vineyards since the first plantings on his Wurtsboro land in 2005. His is Sullivan County’s first licensed farm winery.

The event was coordinated and managed by Debbi Gioquindo. It was held in conjunction with the two-day Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival, being held at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds this weekend.
Other winners:

Best Overall Hudson Valley Wine: Clinton Vineyards Jubilee.

Best Spirit: Tuthilltown Spirits Hudson Baby Bourbon.

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Posted by on September 11, 2011 in Competition, Hudson Valley, Upstate, Wine, Wineries

 

• North Country newcomers gold on ice

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — A pair of North Country wineries earned gold for New York in the recent International Cold Climate Wine Competition, held on the University of Minnesota campus.

Coyote Moon Winery’s Brianna and Tug Hill Vineyards’ Whiteout, made from Frontenac grapes, emerged with golds at the competition that emphasizes grape varieties that can withstand severely cold temperatures and still produce quality wines.

The New Yorkers are newcomers to the field. Coyote Moon opened just last year in Clayton, Jefferson County, and Tug Hill just a few months ago in Lowville, Lewis County.

A 2010 Frontenac Rosé wine from Indian Island Winery in Janesville, MN, won the top award, the Minnesota Governor’s Cup that recognizes best in show.

The competition drew more than 250 wines from commercial wineries in 12 states.

The ICCWC is a partnership between the Minnesota Grape Growers Association and the University of Minnesota, which developed several of the cold-hardy grapes used to make the wines in the competition.

Other New York wines that medaled:

Silver: Coyote Moon’s Marquette; Thousand Islands Winery’s La Crescent; Tug Hill’s Marquette.

Bronze:
Coyote Moon’s Island Mama Dry White and La Crescent; Thousand Islands’ Frontenac and Marquette; Tug Hill Vineyards’ 43 Degrees Late Blush and 43 Degrees Late Semi‐Sweet White.

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Posted by on August 28, 2011 in Competition, Wine, Wineries

 

• Battle of the Brews bubbling up at Saratoga

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 13th annual Battle of the Brews is shaping up for the Saratoga Race Course.

The event is scheduled for noon to 4:30 p.m. Friday, August 26, as a fundraiser for the Adirondack-Saratoga Chapter of the American Red Cross. Admission is $25 at the door for patrons 21 and older. The price includes a souvenir tasting glass. Two groups of winners will be chosen: Peoples’ Choice, picked by the attendees, and Judges’ Choice, picked by judges provided by the Saratoga Thorobrews Home Brewing Association.

Participating breweries so far, in alphabetical order:

  • Adirondack Pub & Brewery
    Anchor Brewery
    Blue Moon Brewery
    Boulder Beer
    Brewery Ommegang
    Brooklyn Brewery
    Crossroads Brewery
    Dundee’s
    Green Mountain Beverage
    Harpoon Brewery
    Ithaca Beer
    Lake Placid Brewery
    Long Trail Brewery
    Magic Hat
    Olde Saratoga Brewery
    Otter Creek Brewery
    Palm Brewery
    Sam Adams Brewery
    Saranac Brewery
    Sierra Nevada
    Spanish Peaks
    Switchback

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Posted by on August 18, 2011 in Beer, Competition

 

• Homebrew tasting/competition in Saratoga Co.

WATERFORD — Home brewers have two days left before the deadline for entries in the Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center‘s first homebrew competition.

The low-key competition of Irish- and Scottish-style brews is scheduled for August 5 as part of a special “First Friday Open House” at the Center. Judges will be visitors who will select their favorites for first, second and third places.

There will be live Irish piper music, and the museum will be open. The tasting is inspired by the museum’s new exhibit, “Making Waterford Our Home: Irish.” A suggested donation of $5 for the tasting includes museum admission.

To register a homebrew by the Friday deadline, call (518) 238-0809 or submit the online form. Entries preferably should be based on one of the styles outlined by the Beer Judging Certification Program. At least 12 bottles will be required.

Categories:

9A. Scottish Light 60/-
9B. Scottish Heavy 70/-
9C. Scottish Export 80/-
9D. Irish Red Ale
9E. Strong Scotch Ale
13A. Dry Stout

The competition and open house will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the museum, located in the 1830 Hugh White Homestead at 2 Museum Lane, just off Saratoga Avenue (Route 32) in this Saratoga County community.

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Posted by on July 27, 2011 in Beer, Competition

 

• Coyote Moon Rosé on a roll

NEW YORK — Phil Randazzo’s Coyote Moon Winery has received a gold medal for his Catawba-based River Run rosé in the New York Wine & Bar Show competition held here.

This follows closely on the heels of the same wine winning “Best Rosé” honors in the prestigious Long Beach (CA) Grand Cru International Wine Competition.

The two-year-old Coyote Moon, located in the Thousand Islands, also won “Best Chardonnay” and a gold medal here for its unoaked Naked Chardonnay. Overall this year, its various wines have earned 126 medals.

Millbrook Vineyards Chardonnay from the Hudson Valley also won a gold medal here.

Says Jim Trezise, president of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, “Coyote Moon’s success is reflective of that unlikely wine region’s growth. At this time of year, the Thousand Islands is a virtual paradise. The days are long, the river is warm, and the tourists are dropping their money everywhere. January is different from July. It gets cooooold up there, and certainly the only grapes that could survive are the extremely cold-hardy Minnesota varieties which generally can withstand winter temperatures of 40˚ below zero.

“Years ago, Steve Conaway took a gamble and started the Thousand Islands Winery, and now several others have followed, along with many grape growers in the region.”

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• Coyote Moon howls in Long Beach

LONG BEACH, CA — The Thousand Island winery Coyote Moon Vineyards took 10 medals — including “Best Rose Wine” — in the Long Beach Grand Cru competition that had more than 1,400 entries for all categories.

Its River Run, a Catawba grape-based blend, took that honor, and gold medals went to the same winery’s La Crescent and Brianna, as well as two silver medals and five bronzes.

Other New York Best of Class Awards:

  • Belhurst Estate Winery Isabella Sparkling
  • Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2010 Semi-Dry Finger Lakes Estate Riesling
  • Hazlitt 1852 Vineyard 2008 Homestead Reserve Riesling
  • Lakewood Vineyards 2010 Long Stem White
  • Torrey Ridge Winery Diamond

Other gold medals:

  • Anyela’s Vineyards 2010 Finger Lakes Riesling
  • Anyela’s Vineyards 2008 Noiret
  • Belhurst 2010 Finger Lakes Riesling
  • Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2010 Finger Lakes Estate Dry Riesling
  • Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2010 Finger Lakes Estate Late Harvest Riesling
  • Dr. Konstantin Frank 2010 Finger Lakes Dry Riesling
  • Fulkerson Winery 2008 Cabernet Franc
  • Goose Watch Winery 2010 Rose of Isabella
  • Lucas Vineyards 2010 Finger Lakes Vignoles
  • Merritt Estate Winery Bella Ice
  • Swedish Hill Winery Finger Lakes Spumante Blush
  • Torrey Ridge Winery Finger Lakes Blue Sapphire
  • Wagner Vineyards 2008 Finger Lakes Estate Bottled Semi-Dry Riesling

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Posted by on July 19, 2011 in Competition, Wineries

 

• Eastern Wine Competition goes West

HEALDSBURG, CA — The annual International Eastern Wine Competition this year was held in the West. Go figure.

However, New York State wines did as well as ever in the event sponsored by Vineyard & Winery Management Magazine, with several “Best of Class” awards against a field of 1,100 wines.

The competition this year was conducted at Villa Chanticleer, a farming complex in California’s Russian River Valley that is part of the Santa Rosa Junior College, which trains many of California’s wine industry professionals. The site change, according to Jim Trezise of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, came about because “The New York wholesaler who received the competition wines all these years was unable to do so, for whatever reason, so this year alone a change in venue was required, and next year it will move back east.”

Trezise was among the judges, many of whom were from New York.

OK, that’s out of the way. Now, on to New Yorkers’ awards.

Double Gold/Best of Class

• Glenora Wine Cellars 2010 Finger Lakes Pinot Blanc
• Hazlitt White Stag
• Hickory Hollow Liquid Wisdom
• Keuka Spring Vineyards 2010 Finger Lakes Semi-Dry Riesling
• Lucas Vineyards 2009 Semi-Dry Riesling

Other Double Gold

• Coyote Moon 2009 Naked Chardonnay
• Dr. Konstantin Frank 2010 Finger Lakes Semi-Dry Riesling
• Hosmer 2010 Cayuga Lake Riesling
• Keuka Spring Vineyards 2009 Seyval-Chardonnay
• Lime Berry Estate Finger Lakes Semi-Dry Riesling
• Thirsty Owl 2010 Finger Lakes Semi-Dry Riesling

Gold

• Coyote Moon 2010 New York State La Crescent
• Dr. Konstantin Frank 2009 Reserve Gewurztraminer
• Glenora Wine Cellars 2010 Gewurtztraminer
• Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards Semi-Dry Riesling
• Hosmer Sparkling Wine
• Thirsty Owl 2009 Finger Lakes Semi-Dry Riesling
• Thousand Islands 2010 New York State Frontenac

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Posted by on June 20, 2011 in Awards, Competition, Wine

 

• NY gets 11 ‘Best of’ in LA test

New York State wines had a bang-up time at the recent Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition: 11 Best of Class (plus Gold) awards, 11 additional Gold, 34 Silver, and 24 Bronze medals.

This year’s competition included entries from more than 3,000 wineries from the U.S. and 16 other countries. The competition for the first time had a number score included in its Gold Medal awards, 90 or above based on a collection of judges’ ratings.

Best of Class — and, of course, Gold:

  • Thirsty Owl Wine Company 2010 Diamond (96)
  • Merritt Estate Winery Bella Rosa (95)
  • Fulkerson Winery 2009 Riesling-Traminette (94)
  • Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2010 Estate Riesling (94)
  • Coyote Moon Vinyeards 2010 Brianna (94)
  • Sparkling Pointe 2001 Brut Seduction (94)
  • Swedish Hill 2009 Dry Riesling (94)
  • Chateau Frank Blanc de Blanc (93)
  • Coyote Moon Vineyards 2010 Twisted Sister (92)
  • Swedish Hill 2010 Cayuga (92)
  • Sherwood House Vineyards 2008 Estate Chardonnay (91)

Gold Medals:

  • Belhurst Estate Winery 2010 Semi-Dry Riesling (94)
  • Thirsty Owl 2009 Dry Riesling (94)
  • Dr. Konstantin Frank 2010 Dry Riesling (94)
  • Dr. Konstantin Frank Semi-Dry Riesling (93)
  • Swedish Hill Winery 2009 Vidal (93)Thirsty Owl 2010 Vidal (93)
  • Belhurst Estate Winery 2010 Dry Riesling (93)
  • Swedish Hill Winery 2010 Dry Riesling (91)
  • Swedish Hill Winery Doobie Blues (91)

Critics Challenge:

Platinum — Dr. Konstantin Frank 2009 Rkatsiteli, Lucas Vineyards 2009 Dry Riesling, Sherwood House Vineyards 2008 Estate Chardonnay, Sparkling Pointe 2007 Brut, and Topaz Imperial.

Gold — Dr. Frank 2009 Gewurztraminer, Hazlitt 1852 Merlot, Lucas 2010 Dry Riesling, 2010 Semi-Dry Riesling, and 2009 Semi-Dry Riesling, Sparkling Pointe 2001 Brut Seduction; and Wagner Vineyards 2008 Semi-Dry Riesling.

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Posted by on June 11, 2011 in Competition, Wine

 

• Thirsty Owl tops ‘Golden Nose’ again

CANANDAIGUA, NY — The Thirsty Owl Wine Company won the Finger Lakes Resling Championship by a … well, AT the 5th Golden Nose competition, held at the New York Wine & Culinary Center here.

The honor was part of the consumer-driven event and was the second year in a row Thirsty Owl won the award, this time over 58 other entries. More than 200 wines representing more than 20 varieties from 34 Finger Lakes wineries were entered this year.

Thirsty Owl is located on the western side of Caygua Lake.

Awards are based on blind tastings by 22 consumer judges who were schooled in the fundamentals of wine judging prior to the event, assisted by eight Finger Lakes wine industry professionals. Panels of 4-5 judges determined initial awards, and “best of class” designations were decided. Double Gold honors indicate a unanimous vote of the panel. Gold honors denote a majority vote.

This year’s event was organized by Shannon Brock, NYWCF wine coordinator, and Teresa Knapp of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation.

The other awards:

Best of Class

  • Sparkling Wine — Goose Watch NV Pinot Noir Brut Rosé
  • Vinifera White — Sheldrake Point 2010 Gewurtztraminer
  • Vinifera Red — Wagner Vineyards 2007 Meritage
  • Dessert Wine — Anthony Road 2008 Riesling Trockenbeeren
  • Hybrid Grape Wine — Villa Bellangelo 2010 Moscato
  • Native Grape Wine — Americana Vineyards NV Crystal Lake

Double Gold Medals

  • Anthony Road Wine Company 2008 Riesling Trockenbeeren
  • Dr. Konstantin Frank 2010 Dry Riesling
  • Goose Watch Winery NV Pinot Noir Brut Rosé
  • Goose Watch Winery NV Classic Cream Sherry
  • Knapp Winery 2010 Vignoles
  • Lucas Vineyards 2009 Semi-dry Riesling
  • Penguin Bay Winery 2010 Semi-Sweet Riesling
  • Sheldrake Point Vineyard 2010 Gewurztraminer
  • Swedish Hill Winery 2010 Dry Riesling
  • Swedish Hill Winery NV Doobie Blues
  • Thirsty Owl Wine Co. 2010 Diamond
  • Villa Bellangelo 2010 Semi-Sparkling Moscato

    Gold Medals

    • Americana Vineyards NV Crystal Lake
    • Billsboro Winery 2010 Pinot Gris
    • Glenora Wine Cellars 2010 Iced Vidal Blanc
    • Goose Watch Winery 2010 Melody
    • Lakewood Vineyards 2009 Lemberger
    • Lime Berry Winery NV Riesling
    • Lucas Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Franc
    • Red Newt Cellars 2009 “Circle” Label Riesling
    • Sheldrake Point Vineyard 2009 Dry Riesling
    • Swedish Hill Winery NV Blue Waters Riesling
    • Swedish Hill Winery 2009 Reserve Chardonnay
    • Swedish Hill Winery 2009 Valvin Muscat
    • Swedish Hill Winery NV Viking Red
    • Thirsty Owl Wine Company 2010 Riesling
    • Thirsty Owl Wine Company 2010 Vidal Blanc
    • Ventosa Vineyards NV Vino Rosso
    • Wagner Vineyards 2008 Dry Riesling
    • Wagner Vineyards 2007 Meritage
    • Wagner Vineyards 2008 Vidal Blanc Ice

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    Posted by on June 10, 2011 in Awards, Competition, Finger Lakes, Wine, Wineries

     

    • VA to NY, Texas: Thanks for cutbacks

    Planting vines at the VA Executive Mansion

    Just as the New York State wine industry is buffeted by aid reductions and a lack of ongoing commitment to it by state government, the ever-growing Texas wine industry now is facing severe reductions in state governmental support.

    In a story on that topic in today’s San Antonio Express-News — which itself ceased sponsoring its annual international wine competition when its revenues flattened three years ago, wine and spirits columnist Jennifer McInnis wrote:

    “Not everyone is upset about the impending [Texas] budget cuts. Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore sees opportunity and openly mocked Texas and New York for cutting their budgets.

    “ ‘It doesn’t make any sense to us, but we’re not arguing,’ he says. ‘If they want to take those steps backwards, that’s all for the better of Virginia. We are committed to growing this industry’.”

    The attitude is typical of Virginia governmental attitude toward its well-regarded wine industry. One recent example:

    Planting of 10 Chambourcin grapevines in the garden of the Executive Mansion in Richmond during Wine Week 2011 followed the path of the original “Charter of Jamestown’s Acte 12″ in 1619 that required every male settler to plant at least 10 grape vines. The vines were planted with the intent that they will be flourishing for the Executive Mansion’s bicentennial in 2013.

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    • NY whites wow ‘em in California

    TEMECULA, CA — In a battle right to the end, one Finger Lakes entry edged out another for “Best White Wine” honors among 1,000 entries in the Riverside International Wine Competition this week.

    Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards’ 2009 Finger Lakes Dry Gewurztraminer took the award, squeaking past Heron Hill’s 2008 Dry Riesling.

    New York wines earned 137 medals overall, including nine Chairman’s Awards (unanimous gold), 37 gold, 56 silver, and 34 bronze awards.

    Other Chairman’s Awards, most included in the Sweepstakes round, included:

    Anyela’s Vineyard’s 2009 Finger Lakes Riesling
    Chateau LaFayette Reneau’s 2010 Finger Lakes Late Harvest Riesling
    Fox Run Vineyards’ 2008 Finger Lakes Lemberger
    Glenora Wine Cellars’ 2010 Finger Lakes Dry Riesling
    Heron Hill’s 2009 New York Semi-Dry Riesling
    Heron Hill’s 2008 Finger Lakes Dry Riesling Ingle Vineyard
    Heron Hill’s 2008 Finger Lakes Late Harvest Vidal Blanc
    Lakewood Vineyards’ 2009 Finger Lakes Riesling
    White Springs Winery’s 2009 Finger Lakes Gewurztraminer

    Gold medals went to:

    Anthony Road’s 2009 Finger Lakes Vignoles; Atwater Estate’s 2010 Dry Riesling and 2009 Finger Lakes Riesling; Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2010 Finger Lakes Dry Riesling; Coyote Moon’s New York State Pinot Noir; Dr. Konstantin Frank’s 2009 Finger Lakes Gewurtztraminer Reserve and 2008 Rkatsiteli; Fox Run’s 2009 Finger Lakes Riesling, and 2008 Finger Lakes Tierce Riesling; Glenora’s 2009 Riesling, 2010 Vidal Iced, and 2010 Finger Lakes Pinot Blanc; Hazlitt 2010’s Finger Lakes Semi-Dry Riesling; Heron Hill’s 2009 Finger Lakes Dry Riesling; King Ferry’s 2008 Late Harvest Eis Riesling; Knapp Vineyards’ 2010 Late Harvest Vignoles; Lakewood’s 2009 Dry Riesling; Liberty Vineyards’ 2009 Lake Erie Noiret; Merritt Estate’s Lake Erie Bella Ice; Prejean Winery’s 2009 Finger Lakes Estate Grown Gewurztraminer; Sparkling Pointe’s 2005 North Fork of Long Island Blanc de Blancs, and 2001 North Fork of Long Island Brut (Seduction); Swedish Hill’s New York Raspberry Infusion, Spumante Blush, 2009 Finger Lakes Dry Riesling, and 2009 Finger Lakes Vidal Blanc; Thirsty Owl’s 2010 Finger Lakes Pinot Grigio, 2010 Diamond, and 2010 Riesling; and Torrey Ridge’s Daisy Mae.

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    Posted by on May 7, 2011 in Competition, Wineries

     
     
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