Summer of Belhurst remains golden

09 Aug

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN — This is turning out to be quite a summer for Belhurst Winery (right), the Finger Lakes establishment, after a very strong spring.

Its latest accolade was winner of “Best of Show/Wine of the Year” honors for its 2009 Riesling over 2,600 other wines from around the world at this week’s 2010 Indy International Wine Competition held at Purdue University here.

That came a mere three weeks after the same wine took “Best White Wine” honors at the Long Beach Grand Cru in California. The same wine also earned Double Gold against an international field in June’s San Francisco International Wine Competition, a Gold medal in May in the 23rd annual Tasters Guild International Wine Competition in Grand Rapids, MI, and “Gold/Best in Class” at the Pacific Rim International Wine Competition in San Bernardino, CA, in April.

New York wineries’ entries here won 155 medals, including 10 “Concordance” (similar to Double Gold), 20 gold, 77 silver, and 48 bronze awards, plus several in the “Best of Show” tasteoff.

The Belhurst Riesling won convincingly, first by a wide margin as “Best White Wine,” then as “Best Wine” of any type.

Other concordance honors for New York entries, by category:

• Cayuga Ridge 2008 Cayuga White
• Swedish Hill 2009 Cayuga White
• Torrey Ridge Daisy-Moo (French-American blend)
• Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2008 Vidal Ice Wine
• Belhurst 2009 Gewuztraminer
• Belhurst 2009 Dry Riesling
• Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2009 Dry Riesling
• Dr. Konstantin Frank 2008 Bunch Select, Late Harvest Riesling
• Swedish Hill 2007 Cabernet Franc

Gold medals went to Lakewood Vineyards 2009 Catawba, 2009 Niagara, and 2009 Vignoles; Hunt Country 2009 Valvin Muscat and Swedish Hill 2009 Valvin Muscat; Penguin Bay Percussion; Swedish Hill 2007 Late Harvest Vignoles; Liberty Vineyards Noiret; Lucas 2009 Chardonnay; Cayuga Ridge 2008 Gewurztraminer and Dr. Frank 2008 Gewurztraminer; Hazlitt 2009 Pinot Gris and Merritt Estate Pinot Gris; Chateau Lafayette Reneau 2009 Dry Riesling, Hazlitt 2009 Riesling, Swedish Hill 2009 Riesling, and Thirsty Owl 2009 Riesling; Earle Estates Pear Mead; Belhurst 2006 Tower Port; and Pazdar Ravishing Sunshine.

Belhurst Castle and Winery (seen above), a resort and commercial manufactuing space, is located at 4069 Route 14 South near Geneva, overlooking Seneca Lake. It is open daily year -round from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Phone: (315) 781-0201, ext. 8.

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Posted by on August 9, 2010 in Competition, Wine, Wineries


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