Monday, August 21, 2006

2006 Wine and Food Classic winners: Herman J. Weimer wins best white wine and Governor's Cup: Dr. Konstantin Frank wins Best Winery of 2006!
The New York Wine and Food Classic was held between August 15-16. Lots of winners to report and congratulate!

The biggest winner of the show was Herman J. Wiemer. Their reisling won best white wine and the Governor's Cup, meaning it was named best wine in the show.

"Since 2000, Finger Lakes Rieslings have won the contest every year except 2005 (when the winner was a Vidal Blanc dessert wine). These successes have strengthened the view that the region has become one of the world's great Riesling terroirs," wrte Howard G. Goldberg for Decanter magazine.

The next highest honor went to Dr. Konstantin Frank's Vinifera Wine Cellars, from Keuka Lake. They were declared Winery of the Year! on the basis of total number of medals accumulated in the contest.

Finger Lakes winners included the following:

Sparkling wine: Chateau Frank's 2000 Blanc de Noirs

Semi-sweet Riesling: Chateau LaFayette Reneau's 2005

Gewürztraminer: Dr. Konstantin Frank's Vinifera Wine Cellars' 2005, which tied with Corey Creek Vineyards' 2005 from Long Island

Cabernet Sauvignon: Chateau LaFayette Reneau's 2002

Pinot Noir: Chateau LaFayette Reneau's 2002

Other winners include (from Long Island):

Cabernet Franc: Jamesport Vineyards' 2004, voted best overall red

Chardonnay: Corey Creek's 2005 reserve

Merlot: Peconic Bay Winery's 2001

Late-harvest Chardonnay: Wölffer Estate's 2005, best dessert wine.

From the Lake Erie region:

Semi-dry Riesling: Mazza Chautauqua Cellars' 2005