Tuesday, June 26, 2007

New York Strikes Gold In Los Angeles and San Francisco

NEW YORK GOLD keeps flowing in from the west coast, with a Platinum, 15 Gold, 24 Silver, and 14 Bronze medals at the fabulous Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition held in mid-May, with results released this week. Dr. Frank’s Vinifera Wine Cellars had a particularly strong showing, with its 2006 Dry Riesling earning a Platinum Award, Best of Class, and Gold, and nearly winning Best White Wine honors (which went to a Sauvignon Blanc from our friend Joe Hart in Temecula); other Golds went to the Dr. Frank 2006 Gewurztraminer and 2006 Semi-Dry Riesling, and Chateau Frank 2000 Blanc de Noir. Chateau LaFayette Reneau earned three Golds for its 2006 Estate Dry Riesling, 2006 Johannisberg Riesling, and 2006 Pinot Noir Blanc. Goose Watch got Gold and Best of Class for its 2005 Traminette, and Gold for 2006 Melody, while sister winery Swedish Hill took Gold and Best of Class for its Spumante Blush, and Gold for 2006 Cayuga White and Country Concord. Other New York Golds included Heron Hill 2004 Riesling Ingle Vineyard and 2005 Late Harvest Vidal, and Lakewood Vineyards 2005 Chardonnay. The LA competition, run by Dr. Bob Small and Mary Ellen Cole, is a fabulous event, which also features the award-winning wines and sponsors tastings/seminars during the LA County Fair each September.

SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL wine competition last weekend, another great one, added to New York’s Gold stash, with 4 Double Gold and 8 Gold medals going to New York wineries, along with 14 Silver and 34 Bronze. The Swedish Hill—Goose Watch— Penguin Bay trio of wineries owned by the Peterson family led the way with 3 of the Double Golds and 4 of the Golds. The Double Golds include Goose Watch Diamond (also rated Best Native American White), Penguin Bay Percussion (Best White Hybrid), and Swedish Hill Spumante Blush; Gold medals went to Goose Watch Renaissance Red, Golden Spumante, and Classic Cream Sherry, and Swedish Hill 2005 Late Harvest Vignoles. New York’s other Double Gold was the Heron Hill 2005 Late Harvest Vidal Blanc, with additional Golds for Hazlitt 2006 Riesling, Mazza Chautauqua Cellars 2006 Pinot Gris, and Ventosa Vineyards 2006 Riesling. Hosted by wine celebrity Anthony Dias Blue and run impeccably by Carol Siebert, San Francisco is the first competition to exceed 4,000 entries.

From Jim Tresize, Uncork New York, The Wine Cork, June 23, 2007