Sunday, June 28, 2009

New York Wines Win in Los Angeles

NEW YORK GOLD was mined at the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition, where Chateau LaFayette Reneau led the charge and Riesling was the star. CLR got two Best of Class/Gold awards for its 2008 Dry Riesling and 2008 Late Harvest Riesling, along with another Gold medal for the 2008 Semi-Dry Riesling. Other Gold medals went to Chateau Frank 2002 Blanc de Blanc and 2002 Brut (each of which have also won Gold in several other recent competitions), Dr. Frank 2008 Dry Riesling, Goose Watch 2008 Diamond and Brut Rosé, Penguin Bay 2008 Riesling and 2007 Gewurztraminer, Sherwood House 2004 Blanc de Blancs, Swedish Hill 2007 Marechal Foch, Spumante Blush, and Country Concord, Wagner Vineyards 2007 Semi-Dry Riesling, and Waters Crest 2007 Late Harvest Night Watch (which also won Best of Class in the Limited Production category, and recently got a Platinum in the Critics Choice awards as well).

The event is run by by Dr. Bob Small (who makes Dr. Bob’s Ice Cream and judges at our competition), Mary Ellen Cole, and Margie Jones. The LA competition is a mammoth undertaking with nearly 4,000 wines and about 80 judges swirling, sniffing, sipping and spitting for three days.