Monday, February 19, 2007

Fox Run Riesling Wins Gold in Strasbourg, France, But That's Only Half the Story

The two first Finger Lakes wines I ever tried were unt Country and Fox Run Vineyards. They used to have stands down at Union Square Farmer's Markets back in early 1990s. They've both come a lomg way since.

Fox Run Vineyards recently won a Gold medal for its 2005 Riesling against some of the world’s finest at the Rieslings du Monde competition in Strasbourg , France near the Alsace region famous for elegant Riesling and Gewurztraminer. That's incredibly impressive....a huge congrats to all those at Fox Run.

However, there is still cause for concern, acording to Jin Tresize of the New York Wine and Grape Foundation. "While New York ’s 2005 vintage was small, the quality was superb, as evidenced by this wine and others. Happily, the 2006 harvest of vinifera grapes like Riesling was 150% larger than 2005, with the Finger Lakes accounting for 65% of New York ’s total vinifera production. Fortunately, the 2006 Rieslings will be bottled during the next few months because Finger Lakes producers have been facing a frustrating problem: skyrocketing demand, tiny supply. That’s certainly a nicer problem than having a glut with no demand, but achieving balance is still the key. In the near future, Riesling producers will meet at the New York Wine & Culinary Center to discuss this issue, along with possible ways to “brand” Finger Lakes Riesling as successfully as New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc or Oregon Pinot Noir."