Thursday, November 15, 2007

New York Strikes Big in Tom Stevenson's Wine Report 2008

NEW YORK WINERIES once again got great ratings in Tom Stevenson’s Wine Report 2008, with the “Atlantic Northeast” section created by Sandra Silfven of the Detroit News. For the fourth year in a row, Dr. Konstantin Frank’s Vinifera Wine Cellars was #1 among the “Greatest Wine Producers”, with all four of the top five also from New York (Bedell, Wolffer, Lenz and Paumanok) followed by L. Mawby (MI), Linden (VA), Barboursville (VA), Chaddsford (PA) and Sakonnet (RI). Among the “Fastest-Improving Producers” were Heron Hill (#1) and Anthony Road (#3); “New Up-and-Coming Producers” included Thirsty Owl ((#4); and “Best-Value Producers” had Fox run (#2) and Lakewood (#4). In the “Most Exciting or Unusual Finds” category, the top five were from New York : Chateau Frank Blanc de Blancs 1999, Martini-Reinhardt Selection Riesling 2005, Taste White 2005 from Bedell, Meritage 2005 from Ravines, and Meditazione 2004 from Channing Daughters. While New York made a strong showing in the book, equally exciting is the fact that so many wineries in so many states are making exceptional wines as well. Wine—the all-American art form.