New York wines won a total of 490 medals at last weekend's Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, one of the country's largest with 3,502 entries from 20 countries, all 50 states and 4 Canadian provinces. The New York haul included 20 Double Gold, 40 Gold, 181 Silver, and 249 Bronze medals.
Double Golds went to 21 Brix 2011 Vidal Ice Wine; A Gust of Sun 2011 Late Harvest Vignoles; Anthony Road 2011 Dry Riesling; Baldwin Strawberry Wine; Coyote Moon 2012 Fire Boat Red; Damiani 2011 Chardonnay; Fox Run 2011 Dry Riesling and 2011 Reserve Riesling; Glenora 2012 Vidal Ice Wine; Penguin Bay 2011 Riesling; Ravines 2011 Chardonnay; Rooster Hill Keuka Sunrise; Spring Lake 2009 Riesling; Swedish Hill 2011 Dry Riesling; Thirsty Owl 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon; Thousand Islands North Country Red; Torrey Ridge Niagara; Tug Hill 2012 Lake Effect; Wagner 2011 Riesling Select; and Warwick Valley Grappa.
Gold medals were awarded to 21 Brix Ellatawba and 2011 Semi-Dry Riesling; Americana 2010 Chardonnay, 2011 Crystal Lake, and 2011 Sunrise Riesling; Anthony Road 2010 Riesling Art Series and 2012 Vignoles; Arbor Hill Diana; Baiting Hollow 2011 Riesling; Baldwin Raspberry Wine and Trilogy; Benmarl 2010 Proprietor's Reserve; Chateau Frank Celebre and 2007 Blanc de Noirs; Fulkerson 2011 Diamond; Hazlitt Red Cat; Heron Hill 2011 Vidal Blanc and 2011 Classic Semi-Dry Riesling; Hosmer 2010 Vintners Reserve Riesling; J.R. Dill DeChaunac; Johnson Estate Niagara and 2011 Riesling; Knapp 2012 Dry Riesling; Miles Wine Cellars Ghost; Pellegrini Vintners Pride Finale Bin 1311; Penguin Bay Tuxedo White; Ravines 2011 Late Harvest Vignoles; Red Newt 2011 Riesling, Sawmill Creek Vineyards; Rooster Hill 2011 Cabernet Franc/Lemberger and 2011 Riesling; Schulze 2011 Vidal Blanc; Seneca Shore Dry Riesling; Sherwood House 2011 Chardonnay Oregon Road; Suhru 2012 Dry Riesling; Torrey Ridge Diamond; Ventosa 2011 Riesling; Whitecliff 2010 Petit Verdot; Winery of Ellicottville EVL Red; Woodbury Vineyards 2011 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay; and Yellow Barn 2011 Eventide Delight.
The Finger Lakes International Wine Competion is North America's largest charitable wine competition, with proceeds benefiting Camp Good Days and Special Times for children with serious illnesses. Another major part of the total package is a Charitable Gala Dinner on May 4 (www.fliwc.com).
Meanwhile, at the Dallas Morning News and TexSom Competition, New York took 4 Gold, 9 Silver, and 20 Bronze medals. Golds went to Casa Larga 2010 Fiore Delle Stelle Vidal Ice Wine (a consistent winner of top awards in many competitions year after year); Coyote Moon Twisted Sister; Dr. Frank 2010 Cabernet Franc; and Johnson Estate Niagara.
Correction: Last weekend, we listed the Best Dessert Wine in San Diego as an "Ice Wine" from Wagner Vineyards (i.e., made from grapes frozen on the vine before picking and processing) when in fact it was Wagner Ice (when the grapes are picked, then frozen before processing). In any case, it's a significant accomplishment.