Monday, March 24, 2008

New York Comes Up Big at Jerry mead Wine Show!

“BEST NEW WORLD WHITE WINE” is the award that Goose Watch Snow Goose brought home from Jerry Mead’s New World International Wine Competition, held March 8 and 9 in southern California , which included over 2,000 entries. Winning Gold, Best of Class, and Best of Varietal accolades on its way to the top prize, this $11 blend of Cayuga, Viognier and Traminette bested hundreds of chardonnays, Rieslings, sauvignon blancs and many other popular wines from several countries and states.

Goose Watch also won a Gold and Best of Class for its 2006 Traminette, while sister winery Swedish Hill won Gold and Best of Class for its Svenska White, and Gold medals for 2006 Dry Riesling and Viking White; the Golds were joined by a total of 9 Silver and 8 Bronze medals for those two wineries.

Other New York wineries also took some top awards, like Torrey Ridge Catawba (Gold, Best of Class, Best of Varietal), along with a Gold for its Diamond; and Pindar Vineyards 2005 Chardonnay (Gold, Best of Class). Additional Gold medals went to Dr. Frank 2006 Semi-Dry Riesling, Glenora 2007 Dry Riesling, and Knapp 2006 Dry Riesling, with New York ’s total medal count at 11 Gold, 24 Silver and 24 Bronze.

Created by the late, great Jerry Mead, a no-holds-barred wine journalist who railed against antiquated wine regulations and bumbling bureaucracies and described himself as the “Wine Curmudgeon”, the NWIWC is now run by Eileen Tillery and her daughter Jodi, and is one of the competitions which is truly open to new varietals and styles of wine. What better proof than the “Best White” being a blend of two “hybrids” and a Vinifera?!

Congrats to Dave Peterson and the rest of the wine making staffs at Swedish Hill, and Goose Watch, and the winemakers at the other wineries.

(p.s. Thanks to Jim tresize for the info.)