Monday, January 25, 2010

New York Cork Report Votes Final Winners in New York State

Lenn Thompson and his staff of regional editors at the New York Cork Report held a wine competition in the Finger Lakes over the weekend to decide the Best Wines of 2009 in New York state.

It was a good and noble and important effort, and I think one of the most well thought out ideas in a long time as to how New York wines are evaluated. I'd love to see this endeavor grow.

I think Lenn and his team have the opportunity to grow this competition into something like the movie or tv or theater awards. Maybe not with all the hoopla, but certainly with the build up. Wineries should help promote it for a month in advance (great tasting room fodder for the folks pouring behind the bar) so that it becomes like the Booker Award in the UK, which helps not only promote the industry, but also helps promote the books, authors, and publishers as well. But I would also like to see it become a paid attendance kind of tasting event for the general public, and covered by all the bloggers, wine writers, etc. And promoted by the wineries and the bloggers as well.

And maybe in the future the staff, which I am sure will grow, might allow a guest judge or two. That would also lend some cache. I would like to see more of that kind of thing as they go forward.

However, let's not get too ahead of ourselves. Lenn and his group of intrepid writers deserve heaps and tons of praise. A great job! A great idea! I truly believe they created something special.

Also, let's not forget, congrats to the winners as well, which include:
Paumanok Vineyards

A great job!!

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