Sunday, June 07, 2009

New York Celebrates Lots of Gold at IEWC 2009

TRIPLE CROWN x 3 was New York’s victory at the recent International Eastern Wine Competition sponsored by Vineyard & Winery Management Magazine, with over 1,800 entries from 36 states, 3 Canadian provinces as well as Australia, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, and Spain. New York wines captured three of five “Best of Category” awards—Best White (Fox Run 2006 Tierce, a Dry Riesling), Best Sparkling (Goose Watch Pinot Noir Rosé), and Best Fruit Wine (Flickerwood Wine Cellars, a Pennsylvania winery whose 2006 Flickerberry Dew used New York fruit and is therefore a New York wine). In addition, the Tierce won its own triple crown of Best of Class, Best White Wine, and Riesling Champion. That’s fitting, because Tierce is actually a collaboration among three winemakers—Peter Bell of Fox Run, Johannes Reinhardt of Anthony Road, and Dave Whiting of Red Newt—who blended their respective wines to come up with the final product. Seems like things are happening in threes, unless it’s the eight other Double Golds, 11 Golds, 86 Silvers and 116 Bronze awards for New York wines. The additional Double Golds went to Cascata Winery 2007 Riesling, Dr. Frank 2007 Semi-Dry Riesling, Goose Watch Rosé of Isabella, Hunt Country 2008 Valvin Muscat, Peconic Bay 2006 Riesling, Penguin Bay 2008 Riesling, Pindar 2007 Riesling, and Swedish Hill 2008 Vidal Blanc. Gold medals adorned Casa Larga 2006 Fiori Vidal Ice Wine, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards White Stag, Hosmer 2007 Chardonnay, Johnson Estate 2006 Merlot, Knapp Superstition Concord, Lakewood 2007 Gewurztraminer, Montezuma Semi-Sweet Mead, Pugliese 2007 Riesling, Sheldrake Point 2007 Barrel Reserve Chardonnay, Swedish Hill Naturel, and Thorpe Vineyard Fialka. It’s interesting, and great, that three of the Gold Rieslings were from Long Island— Peconic Bay , Pindar, and Pugliese—who are giving Finger Lakes producers a run for their money. Congratulations to all, and thanks again to Vineyard & Winery Management which has done so much for our industry over so many years. Complete results are available at At another competition, the Critics Challenge Awards, Waters Crest 2006 Cabernet Franc took a Platinum Medal.

- Jim Tresize