Finger Lakes wines seem to have a lock on top honors in the annual New York State Wine & Food Classic (results here), created and run by the New York Wine & Grape Foundation.
For the second straight year, “winery of the year” honors went to Caygua Lake’s Sheldrake Point Vineyards. And, in this summer of Riesling supremacy in so many major competitions, another Caygua Lake winery, Swedish Hill, took the Governor’s Cup for top individual wine with the Riesing Cuvee created by winemaker Ian Barry. It is labeled non-vintage but is completely 2009 grapes.
There often is a Finger Lakes vs. Long Island mentality to discussions of New York wines, and to results of judgings that involve both of the state’s major wine regions. So, I found Evan Dawson’s rundown on the New York Cork Report blog yesterday an interesting look at the topic. Read “Is This the Best Wine in New York State?” here.
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