Keuka Spring Vineyards, a Finger Lakes institution, was the only non-California winery to win one of the top prizes at the nation's largest judging, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
For the third time in four years, a Finger Lakes wine was selected as the top white wine in the competition, with Keuka Spring's 2011 Riesling ($13.99) taking the sweepstakes title in a test among some 2,000 white wines and 5,500 total entries in the event just concluded in Sonoma County, CA.
Last year the same title went to Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars’ 2010 Gewürztraminer, and the year before it was Keuka Spring’s 2008 Gewürztraminer.
“We’re really excited to have received this award for a second time,” co-owner Len Wiltberger said in a news release. “We are proud to be a part of building an international reputation for Finger Lakes Riesling.”
Keuka Spring’s 2011 Vignoles ($12.49) also was awarded a gold medal. Other major winners among other New York entries:
• Coyote Moon Vineyards won three "Best of Class" awards for its Fire Boat Red ($10.95), La Crescent ($13.95) and Casa Papa Red ($13.95). The former two were in the sweepstakes round, while the Casa Papa Red won a double gold.
• Belhurst Estate Winery earned double golds (unanimous vote of the judges) for its Isabella sparkling wine ($21.95) and 2011 Semi-Dry Riesling ($18.95).
• 21 Brix Winery in the Lake Erie region took a double gold for its 2011 Dry Riesling ($17.99) and a gold for the 2011 Vidal Ice Wine ($34.95).
• Brooklyn Winery, gold medals for its 2011 Riesling ($29) and 2011 Rosé of Old Vine Zinfandel ($32).
• Goose Watch Winery, god medals for its 2011 Cabernet Franc Rosé ($11), 2011 Melody ($10) and 2011 Traminette ($13).
• Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, gold medals for its 2010 Gewurztraminer ($15) and 2011 Dry Riesling ($15).
• Villa Bellangelo, gold medals for its 2011 Gewurztraminer ($17.99) and 2011 Dry Riesling ($17.99).
• Penguin Bay Winery, gold medal for its 2011 Riesling ($15).
• Sparkling Pointe, gold medal for its 2003 Brut Seduction ($60).
• Swedish Hill Winery, gold medal for its Blanc de Blanc ($14.99).
• Three Brothers Wineries & Estates, gold medal for one of its 2011 dry Rieslings.
• Ventosa Vineyards, gold medal for its 2011 Riesling ($18.95).
• Sparkling: Korbel Champagne Cellars California Blanc de Noirs $11.
• Pink: Sorelle Winery 2011 Lodi Sangiovese Rosato $16.
• Red: Terlato Family Vineyards 2010 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir $60, and Wilson Winery 2009 Dry Creek Valley Petite Sirah $38.
• Dessert: Castello di Amorosa 2011 Anderson Valley Late Harvest Gewürztraminer $35.
• Label: Mutt Lynch Winery Man’s Best Friend Series.
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