Friday, April 17, 2009

Pennsylvania Finds Gold in Dallas!

Chaddsford took home two awards from Dallas, including an impressive Gold for Syrah! Syrah! I thought that would have been California or somewhere else. Pennsylvania? Congrats to Eric and Lee Miller and all the folks at Chaddsford

Also, congrats to the folks at Crossing Vineyards who took home a bronze! Well done!

Gold Chaddsford, Pennsylvania, 25th Vintage, Syrah 2006
Silver Chaddsford, Pennsylvania, Merlot 2006

Bronze Crossing Vineyards, Pennsylvania, Cabernet Franc 2006

Jefferson Vineyards in Virgina Takes Home Three Medals from Dallas

Kudos to Jefferson Vineyards. Jefferson is fast becoming one of the leaders in wnemaking on the eastcoast. Over the last three years the tastings I have had of these wines continues to improve, making outstanding wines!


Bronze Jefferson Vineyards, Monticello, Cabernet Franc 2007
Bronze Th Jefferson, Monticello, Meritage 2006
Silver Th Jefferson, Virginia, Reserve, Chardonnay 2007
Bronze Th Jefferson, Virginia, Viognier 2007

New York Takes Home Gold From Dallas Morning News Wine Competition

Dallas Morning News is one of the tughest wine comepttions out there. And New york took home beau coup medals. Congrats to all!

Bouké 2007 Red Table Wine Gold
Dr. Konstantin Frank 2007 Semi-Dry Riesling Silver
Wagner Vineyards 2007 Semi-Dry Riesling Silver
Bouké 2007 White Table Wine Bronze
Cayuga Ridge Estate NV Chardonnay, Estate Grown & Bottled Bronze
Chateau Frank 2002 Blanc de Blancs Bronze
Chateau Frank 2002 Blanc de Noirs Bronze
Dr. Konstantin Frank 2007 Gewürztraminer Bronze
Dr. Konstantin Frank 2007 Gewürztraminer, Reserve Bronze
Glenora Wine Cellars 2007 Riesling Bronze
Glenora Wine Cellars 2007 Pinot Blanc, Barrel Fermented Bronze
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Bronze
Hudson-Chatham 2007 Baco Noir, Reserve, Casscles Vineyards Bronze
Ravines Wine Cellars 2007 Cabernet Franc Bronze
Ravines Wine Cellars 2007 Dry Riesling Bronze
Torrey Ridge Winery NV Blue Sapphire Bronze
Torrey Ridge Winery NV Diamond Bronze
Wagner Vineyards 2007 Dry Riesling Bronze
White Springs 2007 Gewürztraminer Bronze

Sunday, April 12, 2009

New York Wineries Continue to Open

NEW WINERIES keep popping up, including many in unexpected places. Now that the Thousand Islands-Seaway has become an established region (who knew?!), the next newcomer is the Champlain region—near Lake Champlain which separates New York and Vermont—which already has three wineries, with more to come. This week we got notice that Eminence Road Farm Winery in Long Eddy is officially open and will be selling at area farmers’ markets and local wine shops. Owned by Jennifer Clark and Andrew Scott, the winery is located in a mountain valley in southern Delaware County (no wineries there before!) and is making unfined and unfiltered Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Dry Apple Wine and others (visit When I first came to this industry 27 years ago, there were wineries in about 7 counties—compared with 45 now (of 62), which is just wonderful politically. Frankly, the industry is growing so fast it’s hard to keep up with it. As far as I know there are now 262 fully licensed (federal and state) wine producers (not including satellite stores), with many licenses still pending at the State Liquor Authority. Last week, a representative from the federal Tax and Trade Bureau said New York now has 294 TTB-approved licenses, which means we’ll probably top 300 in the near future. Now I ask you: What other industry in New York State is growing that fast?

- Jim Tresize, New York WIne & Grape Foundation

Fox Run Rosie

FIGHT THE RECESSION: BUY LOCAL WINE is the theme of a terrific new poster created by artist Joanna Purdy for Fox Run Vineyards that may be adapted to any part of the country. The poster is reminiscent of those during World War II appealing to self-help and community spirit, and may be seen at The first 500printed copies of the poster have been funded by Finger Lakes Wine Country Tourism Marketing Association. For more information on adapting the poster locally, contact Leslie Kroeger at Fox Run (, 800-636-9786).