Bashakill Vineyards’ 2010 Black Bear Cabernet Franc edged out Millbrook Vineyards & WInery’s 2009 Proprietor’s Reserve Chardonnay for the top honor.
The largest number of acres on the Millbrook estate are in Chardonnay grapes, so it seems fitting that a Millbrook Chardonnay won the took top honors in the Hudson Valley Wine Competition, thus propelling it into the final round.
However, red wine category winner Bashakill emerged on top in a vote of the 13 judges — including yours truly — in the only part of the competition that was not divided into judging panels trying different wine.
The competition, which had 184 entries, was limited to Hudson Valley wineries, although they had the option of entering wines using fruit from outside the region if they desired.
Millbrook winemaker John Graziano has been producing wines at the Dutchess County facility since 1984. Bashakill owner/winemaker Paul DiNinno has been working his vineyards since the first plantings on his Wurtsboro land in 2005. His is Sullivan County’s first licensed farm winery.
The event was coordinated and managed by Debbi Gioquindo. It was held in conjunction with the two-day Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival, being held at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds this weekend.
Best Overall Hudson Valley Wine: Clinton Vineyards Jubilee.
Best Spirit: Tuthilltown Spirits Hudson Baby Bourbon.
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