The Third annual Wine Symposium of the Finger Lakes, including the Finger Lakes American Viticultural Area (FLAVA) Riesling Challenge, was held last weekend in Geneva. During the Symposium, registrants were immersed in two days of wine tasting and learning, alongside international experts, about the FLAVA in the context of the world’s key wine producing regions.

The Grand Tasting Event Aug. 21 showcased the wines of the gold medalists, and trophies were awarded to the competition winners.

In all, 38 wineries submitted 123 wines for the 2015 Finger Lakes AVA Riesling Challenge for a Best in Class trophy. Twenty-six wines were awarded a Gold Medal and one from each category received Best in Class.

Best in Class Trophy Winners

• Dry
Wagner Vineyards, Dry Riesling 2013

• Medium Dry
Chateau LaFayette Reneau, Dry Riesling 2014

• Medium Sweet
Wagner Vineyards, Riesling Semi Dry 2012

• Sweet
Sheldrake Point Winery, Luckystone Riesling 2014

• Dessert
Sheldrake Point Winery, Wild Ferment Riesling Ice Wine 2014

Gold medals went to 11 wines from Seneca Lake wineries, six wines from Cayuga Lake wineries and three from Keuka Lake Wineries.

Gold Medal Winners

• Dry
Barnstormer Winery, Dry Riesling 2014
Hosmer Winery, Dry Riesling 2013
Lakewood Vineyards, 3Generations Riesling 2013
Lucas Vineyards, Dry Riesling 2012
Keuka Spring Vineyards, Humphreys Vineyard Riesling 2014
Penguin Bay Winery, Dry Riesling 2014
Thirsty Owl Wine Co., Dry Riesling 2014

• Medium Dry
Damiani Wine Cellars, Davis Vineyard Dry Riesling 2012
Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars, LLC, Red Oak Vineyard Riesling 2013
Lucas Vineyards, Dry Riesling 2013
Silver Thread Vineyard, Doyle Fournier Riesling 2014

• Medium Sweet
Anthony Road Wine Company, Semi-Dry Riesling 2013
Billsboro Winery, Sawmill Creek Vineyard Riesling 2013
Lakewood Vineyards, Riesling 2014
Silver Thread Vineyard, Semi-dry Riesling 2013

• Sweet
Dr. Konstantin Frank, Riesling Reserve 2013
Rooster Hill Winery, Reserve Riesling 2013

• Dessert
Boundary Breaks, Riesling, Late Harvest 90 2013
Glenora Wine Cellars, Riesling Ice Wine 2014
Sheldrake Point Winery, Riesling Ice Wine 2014
White Springs Winery, Late Harvest Riesling 2013

The Wine Symposium is presented annually, offering an entertaining and educational forum with international wine and food experts. A Geneva Growth Inc. initiative, the Wine Symposium of the Finger Lakes and the Finger Lakes AVA Riesling Challenge are the collaborative effort of Geneva Growth and the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance, with support from the New York Wine and Culinary Center, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and the City of Geneva.