Indy glitters with New York gold

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

21 Brix Winery Ellatawba, a Catawba-based wine from the Lake Erie region, won Best Rose wine and led a strong New York showing at this week's Indy International Wine Competition at Purdue University.

21 Brix Winery Ellatawba, a Catawba-based wine from the Lake Erie region, won Best Rose wine and led a strong New York showing at this week's Indy International Wine Competition at Purdue University. The total haul of 141 medals included 12 "Concordance Gold" (similar to Double Gold), 23 Gold, 66 Silver and 40 Bronze medals, with several of New York's Concordance Golds included in the final "Sweepstakes" round.

Other Concordance Gold medals went to Belhurst Winery 2011 Pinot Grigio and 2011 Semi-Dry Riesling, Dr. Frank 2010 Rkatsiteli, Goose Watch 2011 Riesling-Gewurztraminer, Harvest Moon Cidery at Critz Farm 2011 Maple Moon Hard Cider, Hunt Country Dolce di Moscate (Valvin Muscat), Liberty Vineyards Diamond, Swedish Hill Niagara and 2010 Late Harvest Vignoles, Wagner Vineyards 2011 Riesling Ice Wine, and Winery of Ellicottville EVL White (a Diamond blend).   

Gold medals were awarded to 21 Brix Cayuga White and Ella's White (Niagara); Chateau Frank 2007 Blanc de Blancs; Coyote Moon 2010 Pinot Noir, 2011 Island Mama, and 2011 Cherry Bomb; Dr. Frank 2011 Reserve Gewurztraminer; 2011 Semi Dry Riesling and 2011 Pinot Gris; Fox Run 2010 Reserve Chardonnay and 2011 Reserve Riesling; Goose Watch 2011 Melody; Lakewood Vineyards 2010 Lemberger and 2011 Dry Riesling; Long Point Winery 2010 Sangiovese; Seneca Shore Dry Riesling Old Vines; Swedish Hill Viking White, 2011 Vidal Blanc, and 2011 Cayuga White; Thirsty Owl 2011 Vidal Blanc; Torrey Ridge Diamond; Wagner Vineyards 2011 Semi-Dry Riesling and 2011 Vidal Blanc.

Orchestrated by Purdue's Dr. Christian Butzke and Jill Blume (one of our Classic judges), the Indy always provides a great example of the diversity and quality of wines from around the United States (and Canada) these days.  The overall Best of Show wine was an Indiana Vignoles, Best Sparkling a California bubbly, Best White a Michigan Gewurztraminer, Best Rose a New York Catawba, Best Red a Washington Cabernet Sauvignon, and Best Dessert an Okanagan Riesling Ice Wine.

Purdue is also a great university with a good viticulture and enology program, beautiful grounds, a distinguished history, proud school spirit, and a renowned football program (Drew Brees QB'ed there).

It's also flanked by a very cool cluster of shops, restaurants and bars like "Harry's Chocolate Shop" and "Where Else?". 

The former, a funky old speakeasy with dark wood, sinful munchies, plentiful noise, and a wide beer selection for "the great indoorsmen," lets students honestly tell their hovering long-distance parents that they're just at Harry's Chocolate Shop.  Across the street is the other bar, which can stimulate this type of dialogue: "Wanna have a beer?"  "Sure, where?"  "Where Else?"  "OK, see you there".

West Lafayette, Indiana may be a bit steamy (around 100 degrees) in early August, but at least there some good watering holes.       .