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Cayuga Lake wineries top NY Classic test

17 Aug

WATKINS GLEN, NY — Winning “winery of the year” honors in the annual New York Wine & Food Classic is one thing, Winning two years in a row is quite an achievement.

Sheldrake Point Vineyards, located in Ovid on the west bank of Caygua Lake, won the judges’ award in the 25th annual competition, held at the Glen Harbor Hotel Monday and today. The award is presented to the winery with the best overall showing based on the level and number of awards in relation to entries. Sheldrake received two Double Golds, two Gold, four Silver, and two Bronze awards.

The Riesling Cuvee from Swedish Hill Winery, located near Romulus, also on the west bank of Caygua Lake, won the Governor’s Cup trophy, the top individual award. It surpassed 850 other entries. It also won “Best Vinifera Sparkling” and “Best Overall Sparkling” en route to the top award.

A “Specialty Wine Champion” award was added in 2008 to recognize consistent quality among the increasing number of wines made from fruits other than grapes, or honey.  The 2010 winner was ELF’s Farm Winery & Cider Mill with one  Double Gold and two Silver awards. A new “Best New York Spirit” award went to Finger Lakes Distilling’s Seneca Drums Gin.

The wine entries and 17 spirits came from wineries and distilleries from the Long Island, Hudson Valley, Finger Lakes, Niagara Escarpment, Lake Erie, and other regions of the state. The judges awarded a total of 32 Double Gold, 74 Gold, 284 Silver, and 250 Bronze medals.

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

• Best Sparkling Wine — Swedish Hill Winery Riesling Cuvee

• Best White Wine — Keuka Lake Vineyards 2009 Semi Dry Riesling

• Best Rosé Wine — Arbor Hill Grapery Coriesa Hill Iona Rose

• Best Red Wine — Bedell Cellars 2008 Cabernet Franc

• Best Dessert Wine — Casa Larga Vineyards 2007 Fiori Delle Stelle Vidal Ice Wine

• Best Specialty Wine — Torrey Ridge Winery Scarlet Red

• Best New York Spirit — Finger Lakes Distilling Seneca Drums Gin

The “Best of Class” awards went to:

• Best Vinifera Sparkling — Swedish Hill Winery Riesling Cuvee

• Best Sparkling — Swedish Hill Winery Riesling Cuvee

• Best Unoaked Chardonnay — Coyote Moon Vineyards Naked Chardonnay

• Best Overall Chardonnay — Coyote Moon Vineyards Naked Chardonnay

• Best Dry Riesling — McGregor Vineyard 2008 Riesling

• Best Medium Dry Riesling — Keuka Lake Vineyards 2009 Semi Dry Riesling

• Best Medium Sweet Riesling — Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars 2009 Semi Dry Riesling

• Best Overall Riesling — Keuka Lake Vineyards 2009 Semi Dry Riesling

• Best Niagara — Schulze Vineyards & Winery Thirty Mile Point Sweet Niagara

• Best Gewürztraminer — Sheldrake Point Vineyards 2008 Gewürztraminer

• Best Cayuga White — Swedish Hill Winery 2009 Cayuga White

• Best Traminette — Bet the Farm Winery 2009 Traminette

• Best Vidal Blanc — Swedish Hill Winery 2009 Vidal Blanc

• Best Vignoles — Lucas Vineyards 2009 Vignoles

• Best Hybrid White — Thousand Islands Winery Wellesley Island White

• Best Diamond — Torrey Ridge Winery Diamond

• Best Native White Blend — Niagara Landing Wine Cellars 2009 Rosebud Gold

• Best Vinifera Rosé — McGregor Vineyard 2009 Rosé D’Cabernet Franc

• Best Native Rosé — Arbor Hill Grapery Coriesa Hill Iona Rosé

• Best Cabernet Franc  — Bedell Cellars 2008 Cabernet Franc

• Best Other Vinifera Red Varietal — Fulkerson Winery 2008 Dornfelder

• Best Vinifera Red Blend — Peconic Bay Winery Nautique Esprit De Rouge

• Best Native Red Blend — Penguin Bay Winery Tuxedo Red

• Best Concord — Eagle Crest Vineyards 2009 Canal Boat Red

• Best Fruit Wine — ELF’s Farm Winery and Cider Mill 2009 Appalachian Trail Apple Wine

• Best Mead — Torrey Ridge Winery Scarlet Red

• Best Late Harvest — Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars 2008 Bunch Select Late Harvest Riesling

• Best Ice Wine — Casa Larga Vineyards 2007 Fiori Delle Stelle Vidal Ice Wine

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Posted by on August 17, 2010 in Competition, Wine, Wineries

 

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