Lots More New York Gold and Other Accolades


New York wines won a bunch of Gold medals at the recent Tasters Guild International Consumers' Wine Judging, with Lakewood Vineyards leading a strong New York showing. Their 2014 Vignoles and 2014 Valvin Muscat both won Double Golds, with Gold medals also going to 2014 Long Stem White, 2014 Niagara, and 2014 Riesling.

Other top medals went to Belhurst (Double Gold for Ice Princess and 2014 Dry Riesling, Gold for 2013 Traditions Merlot); Black Willow (Golds for 2009 Flight 6.1.37, 2014 Classic Diamond, and 2014 Chardonnay); Dr, Frank (Double Gold for 2014 Gruner Veltliner, Gold for 2014 Riesling Reserve); and Gold for Victorianbourg Pechette.

There was also lots of glitter at the New York State Fair Commercial Wine Competition (separate from our New York Wine & Food Classic), starting with the Chateau Frank 2008 Brut as Best of Show. The June Phillips Riesling Award went to Keuka Spring Vineyards 2014 Riesling, Humphrey's Vineyard, while Best of Category winners included Casa Larga 2013 Fiori Negative 8 (Fortified Dessert Wine), Idol Ridge 2014 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine (Dessert Wine), Montezuma Winery & Hidden Marsh Distillery Cranberry Bog (Fruit Wine), Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Franc (Red Wine), Chateau Lafayette Reneau 2014 Dry Riesling (Riesling) and 2014 Pinot Noir Rose (Rose Wine), 1911 Spirits/Beak & Skiff Apple Small Batch Gin (Best Spirits), and Keuka Spring 2014 Vignoles (White Wine).

Meanwhile, Lieb Cellars 2013 Reserve Pinot Blanc was named by the Wall St. Journal as one of the top 12 wines in America among more than 400 tasted. I often have that awesome wine with lunch at the New York Wine & Culinary Center where our offices are located.

Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard and Sheldrake Point Vineyard were among the 100 Top Wineries in the world chosen by Wine & Spirits magazine. Those awards and accolades just keep on comin'.