• Thirsty Owl tops ‘Golden Nose’ again

10 Jun

CANANDAIGUA, NY — The Thirsty Owl Wine Company won the Finger Lakes Resling Championship by a … well, AT the 5th Golden Nose competition, held at the New York Wine & Culinary Center here.

The honor was part of the consumer-driven event and was the second year in a row Thirsty Owl won the award, this time over 58 other entries. More than 200 wines representing more than 20 varieties from 34 Finger Lakes wineries were entered this year.

Thirsty Owl is located on the western side of Caygua Lake.

Awards are based on blind tastings by 22 consumer judges who were schooled in the fundamentals of wine judging prior to the event, assisted by eight Finger Lakes wine industry professionals. Panels of 4-5 judges determined initial awards, and “best of class” designations were decided. Double Gold honors indicate a unanimous vote of the panel. Gold honors denote a majority vote.

This year’s event was organized by Shannon Brock, NYWCF wine coordinator, and Teresa Knapp of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation.

The other awards:

Best of Class

  • Sparkling Wine — Goose Watch NV Pinot Noir Brut Rosé
  • Vinifera White — Sheldrake Point 2010 Gewurtztraminer
  • Vinifera Red — Wagner Vineyards 2007 Meritage
  • Dessert Wine — Anthony Road 2008 Riesling Trockenbeeren
  • Hybrid Grape Wine — Villa Bellangelo 2010 Moscato
  • Native Grape Wine — Americana Vineyards NV Crystal Lake

Double Gold Medals

  • Anthony Road Wine Company 2008 Riesling Trockenbeeren
  • Dr. Konstantin Frank 2010 Dry Riesling
  • Goose Watch Winery NV Pinot Noir Brut Rosé
  • Goose Watch Winery NV Classic Cream Sherry
  • Knapp Winery 2010 Vignoles
  • Lucas Vineyards 2009 Semi-dry Riesling
  • Penguin Bay Winery 2010 Semi-Sweet Riesling
  • Sheldrake Point Vineyard 2010 Gewurztraminer
  • Swedish Hill Winery 2010 Dry Riesling
  • Swedish Hill Winery NV Doobie Blues
  • Thirsty Owl Wine Co. 2010 Diamond
  • Villa Bellangelo 2010 Semi-Sparkling Moscato

    Gold Medals

    • Americana Vineyards NV Crystal Lake
    • Billsboro Winery 2010 Pinot Gris
    • Glenora Wine Cellars 2010 Iced Vidal Blanc
    • Goose Watch Winery 2010 Melody
    • Lakewood Vineyards 2009 Lemberger
    • Lime Berry Winery NV Riesling
    • Lucas Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Franc
    • Red Newt Cellars 2009 “Circle” Label Riesling
    • Sheldrake Point Vineyard 2009 Dry Riesling
    • Swedish Hill Winery NV Blue Waters Riesling
    • Swedish Hill Winery 2009 Reserve Chardonnay
    • Swedish Hill Winery 2009 Valvin Muscat
    • Swedish Hill Winery NV Viking Red
    • Thirsty Owl Wine Company 2010 Riesling
    • Thirsty Owl Wine Company 2010 Vidal Blanc
    • Ventosa Vineyards NV Vino Rosso
    • Wagner Vineyards 2008 Dry Riesling
    • Wagner Vineyards 2007 Meritage
    • Wagner Vineyards 2008 Vidal Blanc Ice

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    1 Comment

    Posted by on June 10, 2011 in Awards, Competition, Finger Lakes, Wine, Wineries


    One response to “• Thirsty Owl tops ‘Golden Nose’ again

    1. Alonzo

      June 11, 2011 at 2:40 pm

      Thank you so much for making the effort to detail all of this for us. It really is a great guide!


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