The Riverside International Wine Competition, run by esteemed California wine writer Dan Berger, once again yielded lots of medals for New York wines--153 total, including 16 Best of Class, 13 Chairman's Awards, 25 Gold, 74 Silver, and 50 Bronze. In addition, two of the four International Riesling Foundation trophies went to New York wines: Dr. Konstantin Frank 2012 Dry Riesling, and Wagner Vineyards 2011 Semi-Dry Riesling.
The Best of Class awards included Anyela's Vineyards 2010 Noiret; Belhurst Estate Winery 2012 Semi-Dry Riesling and Naturel sparkling wine; Coyote Moon Island Mama and Razzle Dazzle Raspberry; Earle Estates Raspberry Reflections; Goose Watch 2011 Diamond; Hazlitt 2010 Cabernet Franc; Hunt Contry Dolce di Moscato; Liberty Vineyards Reds, Whites & Blues; Torrey Ridge Niagara and Catawba; and Villa Bellangelo 2012 Moscato.
Additional Chairman's Awards (equal to Double Gold) were awarded to Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2011 Dry Riesling and 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon; Glenora 2011 Riesling Select Harvest; Knapp 2012 Cabernet Franc Rose; and Liberty Vineyards 2011 Traminette.
Gold medals went to Anthony Road 2012 Pinot Grigio; Anyela's 2011 Sweet Riesling; Belhurst 2012 Dry Riesling; Casa Larga 2010 Fiori delle Stelle Vidal Ice Wine; Dr. Frank 2012 Semi-Dry Riesling and 2012 Riesling Reserve; Fox Run 2010 Dry Riesling, Lake Dana Vineyard; Goose Watch 2011 Cabernet Franc Ice; Johnson Estate 2011 Ives; Keuka Spring 2012 Riesling and 2012 Semi-Sweet Riesling; Schultze 2011 Block Three Ice Wine; Sheldrake Point 2011 Riesling; Swedish Hill Raspberry Infusion, 2011 Riesling, and 2010 Late Harvest Vignoles; Thirsty Owl 2012 Dry Riesling; and Ventosa 2011 Riesling, New Vineyard.
New York Gold also flowed from the Tasters Guild International Competition in Michigan where New York wineries won four Double Gold, 42 Gold, 71 Silver, and 53 Bronze awards--170 in all.
The Double Gold medals went to Schulze Vineyards 2011 Block Three Ice Wine; Swedish Hill Winery 2010 Late Harvest Vignoles and 2011 Vidal Blanc; and Torrey Ridge Blue Sapphire.
Gold medals were awarded to Belhurst 2012 Pinot Grigio and 2012 Riesling; Casa Larga Fiori delle Stelle Ice Cuvee and 2010 Fiori delle Stelle Ice Wine; Chateau Frank 2007 Blanc de Noirs and 2007 Blanc de Blancs; Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2011 Chardonnay, 2012 Riesling, and 2010 Cabernet Franc; Dr. Frank 2010 Rkatsiteli, 2012 Riesling, and 2012 Dry Riesling; Glenora 2003 Brut and 2012 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine; Goose Watch Golden Spumante, 2011 Viognier and 2011 Melody; Hazlitt 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010 Cabernet Franc, and Red Cat; Keuka Spring 2012 Riesling, 2012 Dry Riesling, 2012 Semi-Sweet Riesling, and 2012 Gewurztraminer; Knapp 2010 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine; Lakewood 2012 Valvin Muscat; Osprey's Dominion 2011 Cabernet Franc, Richmond Creek Red, 2008 Cabernet Franc, and 2007 Merlot; Schulze 2011 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine; Swedish Hill 2011 Cab Franc/Lemberger; Thirsty Owl 2012 Chardonnay, 2012 Riesling, and Tailspin; Torrey Ridge Catawba, Lucky, and Niagara; Treleaven 2011 Late Harvest Riesling; Ventosa 2011 Tocai Friulano; Wagner 2011 Riesling Select, and 2011 Dry Riesling.
From reading just these two lists, it's clear that there is a lot of consistency among top award-winning wines in different competitions at different times with different judges. Next up, this week, is the terrific Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition where I'll be judging, though they don't release the results until mid-June. Keep up to date on New York's winning wines in the "Awards and Accolades" section of our web site, www.newyorkwines.org.