CLOVERDALE, CA — The monumental, week-long task of judging more than 5,000 different wines has been completed, and the five sweepstakes winners — as well as dozens of other medalists — have been selected in the 8th annual San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
The event, which for all eight years has held the title of “Largest Competition of American Wines in the World” racked up 4,913 entries last year and topped it this year with 5,050 from 23 states.
Judging was conducted at the Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds in Sonoma County. Wines were awarded as bronze, silver, gold, and double gold (unanimous gold by the judges). In addition, there were “Best of Class” awards and the prestigious Sweepstake Awards. New York State entries took a range of major awards in a variety of categories, led by Swedish Hill Winery’s two “Best of Class” awards.
The major sweepstakes awards, by category:
• Sparkling: 2006 Gloria Ferrer Carneros Brut Rosé ($42)
• White: NV St. Clair New Mexico Gewurztraminer ($11)
• Pink: 2010 Barnard Griffin Columbia Valley Rosé of Sangiovese ($12)
• Red: Tie between 2008 Thacher Triumvirate Paso Robles Zinfandel ($36) and 2008 Ecluse Wines Lock Vineyard Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon ($32)
• Dessert: 2009 Alapay Cellars Late Harvest Paso Robles Sauvignon Blanc ($30)
The New York State major winners, by medal category:
• Best of Class
Sparkling Sweet: Swedish Hill Winery NV Spumante Blush ($12)
White Hybrid: Swedish Hill Winery 2009 Valvin Muscat ($11.99)
• Double Gold
Sparkling Sweet: Goose Watch Winery NVV Finger Lakes Golden Spumante ($12)
Sparkling Dry: Sparkling Pointe 2001 North Fork Brut Seduction ($50)
Fruit Wine: Montezuma Winery NV Finger Lakes Cranberry Bog ($12.49)
Red Dessert – RS > 4.0 Double Gold: Casa Larga Vineyards 2008 Finger Lakes Ice Wine Cabernet Franc ($74.99)
Gewurtztraminer: Dr. Konstantin Frank Finger Lakes 2009 Reserve ($24.99); Keuka Springs Vineyard 2009 Finger Lakes ($16.99)
Riesling RS < 1.49: Casa Larga Vineyards 2009 Finger Lakes ($10.99), Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2008 Finger Lakes Homestead ($18), Keuka Lake Vineyards 2009 Finger Lakes Falling Man Vineyard ($30)
Viognier Up to $19.99: Goose Watch Winery 2008 Finger Lakes ($18)
All Other White Varietals and Blends: Coyote Moon Vineyards 2009 Finger Lakes Coyote Moon Vineyards River Time ($13.95)
White Blush: Coyote Moon Vineyards NV Finger Lakes Coyote Moon Vineyards River Run ($13.95)
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