Keuka Springs Vineyards
2012 Riesling wins "Governor's Cup"
McCall Wines
wins "Winery of the Year"

Watkins Glen, New York, August 13 – Keuka Spring Vineyards 2012 Riesling from
from the Finger Lakes Region won the coveted “Governor’s Cup” trophy at the 2013 New York Wine & Food Classic competition, held on August 12 & 13 at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel in Watkins Glen, NY. The “Winery of the Year” award went to McCall Wines from the North Fork of Long Island.

Governor Andrew Cuomo personally presented the elegant Governor's Cup, a large silver chalice, which recognizes the "Best of Show" or top prize of all 875 entries in the Classic, known as "The Oscars" of New York wine. The "Winery of the Year" award is presented to the winery with the best overall showing based on the level and number of awards in relation to entries.

“We are honored that Governor Cuomo presented the Governor’s Cup and Winery of the Year awards,” said Jim Trezise, President of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, which sponsors the Classic. “We applaud the winners in a very competitive event, as well as the Governor’s strong support of the New York wine industry.”

This year's competition included 842 New York wines, 11 Hard Ciders and 22 Spirits from several regions across New York State including Long Island, Hudson Valley, Finger Lakes, Niagara Escarpment and Lake Erie. The Keuka Springs Vineyard 2012 Riesling was also voted Best White Wine, Best Overall Riesling and Best Medium Dry Riesling on its way to the ultimate award. McCall Wines won Best Pinot Noir on its way to the Winery of the Year award, along with several other top medals.    

A "Specialty Wine Champion" award recognizes consistent quality among the increasing number of wines made from fruits other than grapes, or honey. The 2013 winner was Earle Estates Meadery Raspberry Reflections.

A "Best Limited Production Wine" award, for wines produced with fewer than 100 cases, went Keuka Spring Vineyards 2012 Dry Rosé.

The awards were based on blind tastings by 22 expert judges-3 from California, 9 from New York, 7 from other states, 1 from France and 2 from the United Kingdom. Judges included prominent wine writers, restaurateurs, retailers, and wine educators. Judging panels determined the initial awards, with top-scoring wines evaluated by all 22 judges for Best of Category and Governor's Cup awards.

Celebrating its 28th year, the Classic is organized by Teresa Knapp of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, and is open to all 337 New York wineries from all regions. In 2013, a total of 54 Double Gold, 98 Gold, 299 Silver, and 224 Bronze medals were awarded. In addition, "Best of Category" and "Best of Class" designations were awarded to wines rated as the finest in various areas. Double Gold medals require unanimity among a panel's judges that a wine deserves a Gold medal, whereas Gold medals require a majority vote.

The "Best of Category" awards, all eligible for the Governor's Cup, went to:

Best Sparkling Wine
Sparkling Pointe 2008 Blanc de Noirs

Best White Wine
Keuka Spring Vineyards 2012 Riesling

Best Rose Wine
McGregor Vineyard Winery 2012 Rosé D’Cabernet Franc, Estate Grown

Best Red Wine
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Franc

Best Dessert Wine
21 Brix 2011 Vidal Ice Wine

Best Specialty Wine
Earle Estates Meadery Raspberry Reflections

Best Spirit
Finger Lakes Distilling McKenzie Rye

Best of Class awards go to Double Gold or Gold medal wines in classes of at least 7 wines.
The "Best of Class" awards went to:

Best Oaked Chardonnay
Billsboro Winery 2012 Chardonnay

Best Unoaked Chardonnay
Harbes Family Farm & Vineyard 2012 Steel Fermented Chardonnay

Best Overall Chardonnay
Harbes Family Farm & Vineyard 2012 Steel Fermented Chardonnay

Best Gewürztraminer
Keuka Spring Vineyards 2012 Gewürztraminer

Best Dry Riesling
Paumanok Vineyards 2012 Dry Riesling

Best Medium Dry Riesling
Keuka Spring Vineyards 2012 Riesling

Best Medium Sweet Riesling
Swedish Hill Winery 2012 Riesling

Best Overall Riesling
Keuka Spring Vineyards 2012 Riesling
Best Pinot Grigio
Damiani Wine Cellars 2012 Pinot Grigio

Best Vinifera White Blend
Bedell Cellars 2010 Taste White

Best Cayuga
McGregor Vineyard Winery 2012 Cayuga White

Best Seyval
Raymor Estate Cellars Seyval Blanc

Best Hybrid White Blend
Tug Hill Vineyards 43 Degrees Lat White

Best Niagara
Lakewood Vineyards 2012 Niagara

Best Vinifera Rose
McGregor Vineyard Winery 2012 Rosé D’Cabernet Franc, Estate Grown

Best Native Rose
Arbor Hill Grapery & Winery Griesa Hill-Iona Rosé

Best Catawba
Torrey Ridge Winery Catawba

Best Cabernet Sauvignon
Wölffer Estate Vineyard 2010 Cassango Cabernet Sauvignon

Best Merlot
Martha Clara Vineyards 2010 Merlot

Best Cabernet Franc
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Franc

Best Pinot Noir
McCall Wines 2010 Pinot Noir Reserve, Corchang Estate

Best Lemberger
Hosmer Winery 2010 Lemberger

Best Vinifera Red Blend
Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars 76 West

Best Hybrid Red Blend
Swedish Hill Winery Viking Red

Best Fruit
Baldwin Vineyards Strawberry Wine

Best Cider
Earle Estates Meadery Wort Hog

Best Late Harvest Wine
Paumanok Vineyards 2012 Late Harvest Riesling

Best Ice Wine
21 Brix 2011 Vidal Ice Wine

Best Vinifera Sparkling White
Chateau Frank 2007 Blanc de Noirs

Complete results of the 2013 Classic will also soon be posted under "Awards and Accolades" at, which also includes Gold medal New York wines from other major competitions.

Media Contact: Jim Trezise, 585-394-3620, ext. 203,

2013 Judges List
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2013 Results by Medal