Thursday, February 07, 2013

Richard Olsen-Harbich Wins Unity Award 2013!!!

The 2013 "Unity Award" was presented to Richard Olsen-Harbich, winemaker at Bedell Cellars and a leader in the Long Island wine industry for decades. Among many other accomplishments, he was responsible for securing the official recognition of Long Island's American Viticultural Areas (AVA's) and more recently spearheaded the creation of the Long Island Sustainable Winegrowing program.

 Olsen Harbich has continued to be a great wine stylist and a forward thinker in the world of New York wine. This is a well deserved, and proper recognition of someone who has made quality wines and worked hard to with others to heklp insure the North Fork continues to be a place where quality wine can be made, and in fact thrive. No one is more deserving!

Some of the other awards included....

The "Industry Award"-presented to an individual or organization which has made a major contribution in advancing the interests of the New York grape and wine industry-was presented to Cornell Cooperative Extension. For decades, "Extension", as it is commonly known, has played a vital role in communicating the results of research and other important information to grape growers, winemakers, and others throughout New York State. 

The "Grower Award", which recognizes vineyardists who have made exceptional contributions to the New York grape and wine industry, was presented to Richard Jerome of Jerome's U-Pick Farm near Naples. Rich has provided extraordinary service for decades as a Board member of New York Farm Bureau, the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, and other organizations. 

The "Winery Award"-recognizing wineries which have advanced the widespread recognition and quality reputation of New York wines-was presented to Dr. Konstantin Frank Wines high above Keuka Lake in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. In 2012, the winery celebrated its 50th anniversary, won over 80 Double Gold and Gold medals in international competitions, and captured both the Governor's Cup and Winery of the Year at the New York Wine & Food Classic. 

The "Research Award", for major contributions in research and education to benefit the New York grape and wine industry, was presented to Dr. Martin Goffinet. A world expert in the structure, anatomy and growth of the grapevine, Martin's research for over 30 years has provided important fundamental understanding of how grapes grow as well as the anatomical bases of many of practical problems. Again, congrats, to Rich!!!!
               -  Jim Trezise, New York Wine Press