Wine symposium shines light on Finger Lakes

John Christensen The Chronicle-Express
Winemaker Tim Miller (right) accepts Chateau Lafayette Reneau’s trophy for Best in Class for Medium Dry Riesling from Bob Madill, Executive Director of the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance.

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.