Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery can so brag. Its 2009 New York Riesling won “Best White Wine” in last weekend’s San Francisco International Wine Competition, topping an international field.
This was the first competition of the year for Whitecliff, located in Gardiner, Ulster County. Michael Migliore, winemaker and co-owner, used Riesling grapes from three his own vineyards in the Hudson Valley, plus grapes from Long Island and Finger Lakes.
The competition is one of the nation’s largest, with nearly 4,000 entries, and New York entries earned nine double gold, 10 gold, 30 silver, and 35 bronze medals.
“Whitecliff rarely enters wine competitions. They’re a lot of work and money for a small winery, and this was in fact their first this year,” said Jim Trezise, president of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation. “The shipping company destroyed their first case, and they thought seriously about not sending a replacement case. Aren’t they glad they did?”
Other double gold New York medalists:
• Hazlitt 2009 Riesling, the only other Riesling in the sweepstakes round
• Belhurst 2009 Dry Riesling
• Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2009 Semi-Dry Riesling
• Goose Watch 2009 Diamond and 2009 Villard Blanc, both also in the sweepstakes round
• Keuka Spring 2009 Riesling
• Lucas 2009 Semi-Dry Riesling
• Penguin Bay Percussion
New York gold medalists:
• Belhurst 2009 Semi-Dry Riesling
• Chateau Lafayette Reneau 2009 Dry Riesling
• Goose Watch Golden Spumante
• Hazlitt 2008 Vidal Ice Wine
• Niagara Landing 2009 Rosebud Rosé
• Swedish Hill 2009 Dry Riesling
• Blue Waters Riesling, 2009 Cayuga, 2009 Vidal Blanc, and Spumante Blush
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