Tuesday, May 26, 2009

34th Int. Eastern Wine Competition Posts Results; NY Wins Big

34th Int. Eastern Wine Competition Posts Results; NY Wins Big
May 26th, 2009 by VAWINEMAN (richardleahy.com)

The 34th International Eastern Wine Competition (IEWC) took place 5/18-20 in Watkins Glen in New York’s Finger Lakes. Produced by Vineyard & Winery Management, a leading North American wine trade publication, the IEWC is one of the oldest and largest wine competitions in the country.

There were over 1750 wines entered in the IEWC, with 40 Double Gold medals, 83 Gold medals, 517 Silver medals and 604 bronze medals.

Regional wines made a strong showing, with New York dominating the top awards, winning three of five Best of Category awards for Best White Wine, Best Sparkling and Best Fruit Wine (a fruit wine made by Flickerwood in PA used NY fruit).

In the Riesling Championships, a subset of the IEWC, Finger Lakes rieslings won two of four best in class awards (dry and semi-sweet), and the 2006 Tierce riesling won a “triple crown”; best dry riesling, Riesling Champion and Best White wine.

Virginia and Maryland also placed with double gold medal wines; Potomac Point’s norton 2007 (Virginia’s native grape) and also Cooper Vineyards’ 2008 viognier were the top Virginia wines, with Sugarloaf Mountain’s red Bordeaux blend “Comus”2007 earning double gold from Maryland. Westbend Vineyards in North Carolina also won double gold for their 2006 Yadkin Valley chardonnay.

Complete results are availalble online at www.vwm-online.com (link from the competition results link for IEWC on the righht of the home page). Visit richardleahy.com/blog/blog to post comments on this story.