• Eastern Wine Competition goes West

20 Jun

HEALDSBURG, CA — The annual International Eastern Wine Competition this year was held in the West. Go figure.

However, New York State wines did as well as ever in the event sponsored by Vineyard & Winery Management Magazine, with several “Best of Class” awards against a field of 1,100 wines.

The competition this year was conducted at Villa Chanticleer, a farming complex in California’s Russian River Valley that is part of the Santa Rosa Junior College, which trains many of California’s wine industry professionals. The site change, according to Jim Trezise of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, came about because “The New York wholesaler who received the competition wines all these years was unable to do so, for whatever reason, so this year alone a change in venue was required, and next year it will move back east.”

Trezise was among the judges, many of whom were from New York.

OK, that’s out of the way. Now, on to New Yorkers’ awards.

Double Gold/Best of Class

• Glenora Wine Cellars 2010 Finger Lakes Pinot Blanc
• Hazlitt White Stag
• Hickory Hollow Liquid Wisdom
• Keuka Spring Vineyards 2010 Finger Lakes Semi-Dry Riesling
• Lucas Vineyards 2009 Semi-Dry Riesling

Other Double Gold

• Coyote Moon 2009 Naked Chardonnay
• Dr. Konstantin Frank 2010 Finger Lakes Semi-Dry Riesling
• Hosmer 2010 Cayuga Lake Riesling
• Keuka Spring Vineyards 2009 Seyval-Chardonnay
• Lime Berry Estate Finger Lakes Semi-Dry Riesling
• Thirsty Owl 2010 Finger Lakes Semi-Dry Riesling


• Coyote Moon 2010 New York State La Crescent
• Dr. Konstantin Frank 2009 Reserve Gewurztraminer
• Glenora Wine Cellars 2010 Gewurtztraminer
• Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards Semi-Dry Riesling
• Hosmer Sparkling Wine
• Thirsty Owl 2009 Finger Lakes Semi-Dry Riesling
• Thousand Islands 2010 New York State Frontenac

Go here for the full rundown of medalists.

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Posted by on June 20, 2011 in Awards, Competition, Wine


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