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Jim Trezise

Category: NY Gold

Red New Riesling Shines Down Under (WP 10/15/16)

Red Newt Cellars 2013 /Finger Lakes Tango Oaks Vineyard Riesling was rated 96 and Best American Riesling at this week's Canberra International Riesling Competition (CIRC), leading a strong showing of other New York and American wines. Red Newt's 2013 The Knoll Lahoma Vineyards Riesling also won a Silver medal (and 93 points).

Other New York Golds included Brotherhood 2014 Finger Lakes Late Harvest Riesling (95); Martha Clara Vineyards 2014 Long Island Estate Reserve Riesling (96); and Sheldrake Point 2013 Finger Lakes Reserve Dry Riesling (95).

Other American wines from the left coast which also took Gold medals included Brooks Wines 2015 Willamette Valley Boi Joli Vineyard Riesling (95); Chateau Ste. Michelle 2015 Columbia Valley Dry Riesling (96), and 2015 Columbia Valley Eroica Riesling Ice Wine (96); and Chehalem 2013 Willamette Valley Corral Creek Vineyards Riesling (95).

The top wine of the entire competition was Australia's Ferngrove 2016 Off-Dry Riesilng Limited Release, with the Best Dry Riesling going to Bird in Hand 2016 Riesling, also from Australia, and the Best Sweet Riesling awarded to Germany's Weingut Georg Muller Stiftung 2015 Hattenheimer Hassel Riesling Trockenbeerenausele VDP.GROSSE LAGE.

This year's CIRC included more than 500 wines from 8 countries. It was an honor for me to judge again this year, and to learn so much from my fellow judges about the Best White Wine on Earth. Special thanks to Ken Helm, Sue and Richard Hart, and everyone else involved with the organization of this great event. Thanks also to Susan Spence and the U.S. Embassy in Canberra for coordinating the shipment of American wins; without their help, we could not enter U.S. wines.