New York State wines did very well in the recent Tasters Guild Consumers Wine Judging here, a test in which all the judges are non-professional wine consumers.
“Their main interest is in flavor and price, but they are open to unfamiliar varieties and proprietary blends,” said Joe Borello, Tasters Guild president.
Here are New York’s big winners:
• Double Gold — Chateau LaFayette Reneau’s 2009 Semi-Dry Riesling; Merritt Estate’s Raspberry Truffle.
• Gold — Belhurst Winery’s 2009 Dry Riesling, 2008 Cabernet Franc, 2009 Semi-Dry Riesling and Carrie Blush; Chateau Frank’s 2004 Brut and Dr. Frank’s 2008 Late Harvest Bunch Select Riesling; Chateau LaFayette Reneau’s 2009 Dry Riesling; Glenora’s 2008 Merlot; Knapp Vineyards’ 2009 Semi-Dry Riesling; Lakewood’s 2009 Long Stem White and 2009 Niagara; Merritt’s Bella Ice, and Wagner’s 2009 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine.
In particular, the four Golds for Belhurst continue what I’ve dubbed “The Summer of Belhurst,” with a stunning array of awards.
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