SYRACUSE, NY — Goose Watch Winery racked up a trio of major awards in the 2010 New York State Fair Commercial Wine Competition in Syracuse, whose results were just released.
Goose Watch, located on the west bank of Caygua Lake near Romulus, took these “best of category” honors:
• Sparkling: Pinot Noir Brut Rosé NV
• Rosé/Blush: Cabernet Franc Rosé 2008
• Fortified: Classic Cream Sherry NV
Goose Watch was founded in 1997. Its line ranges from classic European grape varieties such as Pinot Grigio, Viognier, Lemberger and Merlot to true Finger Lakes specialties such as Traminette and Melody, newer grape varieties developed by Cornell University. In between, it offers Diamond and Rosé of Isabella, two of the original grape varieties planted in the 1800s in the Finger Lakes region. And, it has dessert wines such as Finalé White Port, one of the only premium white ports produced in North America.
Other category toppers:
• White: Glenora Wine Cellars Riesling 2009
• Red: Atwater Estates Vineyard Meritage 2007
• Fruit: JD Wine Cellars Blackberry Boogie 2009
• Dessert: Casa Larga Vineyards Vidal Blanc Ice Wine 2006
• Specialty Wines:</strong> Hosmer Winery Raspberry Rhapsody NV
• Mead/Honey Wine: </strong>Earle Estates Meadery Raspberry Reflections NV
The Fruit Category award was particularly interesting in that it went to an operation that didn’t officially open until May 1 of this year, JD Wine Cellars, located at Long Acre Farms in Wayne County. (Go here for my mini-profile of JD).
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