Saturday, April 02, 2011

Gold and More at the FLIWC

from Jim Trezise
The Wine Press
April 2, 2011

New York wines topped 500 medals in this week's fabulous Finger Lakes International Wine Competition held in Rochester as a fund-raiser for Camp Good Days and Special Times. The FLIWC's numbers are impressive: 3279 entries from 788 wineries representing all 50 states, 6 Canadian provinces, and 19 countries, with 60 judges from 15 countries. 110 New York wineries entered, the largest number of any competition in the country. New York's take included a Best of Show Riesling, 13 other Double Golds, 36 Golds, 196 Silvers, and 255 Bronze medals.

Leading the New York Gold Rush was Zugibe Vineyards 2009 Late Harvest Riesling, which took the John Rose Trophy for Best Riesling in the competition. Double Gold medals also went to Arbor Hill Rhine Street White; Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2010 Late Harvest Riesling; Goose Watch 2008 Viognier; Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2009 Gewurztraminer; Heron Hill 2009 Semi-Dry Riesling; Johnson Estate 2009 Ives; Red Newt 2009 Riesling; Schulze Vineyards & Winery 2010 Vidal Blanc Semi-Dry;Wagner Vineyards 2008 Riesling; Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery American Fruits Pear Brandy; White Springs Winery 2009 Riesling; Woodbury Vineyards Seaport White; and Young Sommer Winery 2-of-A-Kind. Gold medals went to Americana Vineyards & Winery 2009 Pinot Gris; Arbor Hill Griesa Hill Iona Rose; Arrowhead Spring Vineyards 2009 Semi Dry Riesling; Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard 2009 Riesling; Belhurst Winery 2009 Dry Riesling; Billsboro Winery 2009 Syrah; Dr. Frank 2010 Riesling; Eagle Crest 2009 Yummy; Four Chimneys Organic Winery Reserve Red; Fox Run Vineyards 2008 Tierce; Glenora Wine Cellars 2009 Riesling Iced; Heron Hill 2008 Late Harvest Vidal Blanc; Hosmer Winery 2009 Riesling, 2009 Dry Riesling, 2009 Cabernet Franc, and 2009 Lemberger; Hunt Country 2009 Vignoles; Johnson Estate Pink Catawba; Lakewood Vineyards 2009 Vignoles and 2009 Riesling; Lime Berry Estate Riesling; Lucas Vineyards 2009 Semi-Dry Riesling; Martha Clara Vineyards 2009 P No Gree G-O; Merritt Estate Bella Ice; Miles Wine Cellars 2008 Lemberger; Niagara Landing 2009 Rosebud White; Palmer Vineyards 2010 Sauvignon Blanc; Red Newt 2009 "Circle" Label Riesling; Sannino's Bella Vita Vineyard 2009 Cabernet Franc; Schulze Vineyards & Winery Mon Cheri; Schwenk Wine Cellars Santa's Secret; Swedish Hill Raspberry Infusion; Thirsty Owl Wine Company 2010 Snow Owl; Torrey Ridge Catawba; Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery American Fruits Bartlett Pear Liqueur; and Woodbury Vineyards Bluberry Wine.
Peter Parts, a Rochester businessman who created the FLIWC out of love for the regional wine industry and the charity for kids, took the judges for a post-competition tour of the Finger Lakes region so they could see where many of the winners came from and meet the people who made them. Next up is a gala dinner and auction on May 7 in Rochester, from which the proceeds flow to Camp Good Days and Special Times. Great competition, great cause.

Separately, at the Dallas Morning News competition, Gold medals went to Dr. Frank 2009 Gruner Veltliner and Hazlitt Bramble Berry. To my knowledge, Dr. Frank is the only New York winery producing the wonderful Austrian-style Gruner Veltliner, but I hope others will let me know if I'm wrong. - Jim Trezise