New York Wine & GrapeNews

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Aug

At the 2017 New York Wine & Food Classic…

Dana Alexander

Category: Industry

Buttonwood Grove Winery 2016 Riesling Wins "Governor's Cup"

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CK Cellars/Torrey Ridge Winery and Sparkling Pointe Vineyards & Winery Tie for "Winery of the Year"

Watkins Glen, New York, August 9 – Buttonwood Grove Winery 2016 Riesling from the Finger Lakes Region won the coveted “Governor’s Cup” trophy at the 2017 New York Wine & Food Classic competition, held on August 8 & 9 at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel in Watkins Glen, NY.

The “Winery of the Year” award was a tie between CK Cellars/Torrey Ridge Winery from the Finger Lakes Region, and Sparkling Pointe Vineyards & Winery from the North Fork of Long Island.

 The Governor's Cup, a large silver chalice, recognizes the "Best of Show" or top prize of all 958 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 applaud the winners in a very competitive event, as well as the strong support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and his administration for the New York wine industry” said Jim Trezise, former President of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, which sponsors the Classic; Trezise oversaw the 2017 Classic for the last time.

 This year's competition included 915 New York wines, 27 Hard Ciders and 16 Craft Spirits from several regions across New York State including Long Island, Hudson Valley, Finger Lakes, Niagara Escarpment and Lake Erie. The Buttonwood Grove Winery 2016 Riesling was also voted Best Medium Sweet Riesling, Best Overall Riesling, and Best White on its way to the ultimate award. CK Cellars/Torrey Ridge Winery won Best Catawba and Best Pink wine on its way to the Winery of the Year award. Sparkling Pointe Vineyards & Winery won Best Vinifera Sparkling White, Best Vinifera Sparkling Pink and Best Sparkling on their way to the Winery of the Year award.

 A "Specialty Wine Champion" award recognizes consistent quality among the increasing number of wines made from fruits other than grapes, or honey. The 2017 winner was 21 Brix Winery Raspberry.

 A "Best Limited Production Wine" award, for wines produced with fewer than 100 cases, went to Barnstormer Winery 2016 Riesling N6679P.

 There are also awards for Best Spirit and Best Cider. The Best Spirit honor went to Finger Lakes Distilling Seneca Drums Gin, while the Best Cider was Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards Cider Tree with Citra Hops.

 The awards were based on blind tastings by 21 expert judges-2 from California, 12 from New York, and 7 from other states. Judges included prominent wine writers, restaurateurs, retailers, and wine educators. Judging panels determined the initial awards, with top-scoring wines evaluated by all 21 judges for Best of Category and Governor's Cup awards.

 Celebrating its 32nd year, the Classic is organized by Teresa Knapp of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, and is open to all 420 New York wineries from all regions. In 2017, a total of 81 Double Gold, 88 Gold, 454 Silver, and 241 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 Vineyards & Winery 2014 Topaz Imperial, Méthode Champenoise

 

Best White Wine

Buttonwood Grove Winery 2016 Riesling

 

Best Pink Wine

CK Cellars/Torrey Ridge Winery Catawba

 

Best Red Wine

3 Brothers Wineries & Estates 2016 Zweigelt/Cabernet Sauvignon

 

Best Dessert Wine

Goose Watch Winery Classic Cream Sherry

 

 

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

Osmote Wine 2014 Chardonnay

 

Best Unoaked Chardonnay

Martha Clara Vineyards 2014 Chardonnay

 

Best Gewürztraminer

Dr. Konstantin Frank 2016 Gewürztraminer

 

Best Dry Riesling

Lucas Vineyards 2015 Dry Riesling

 

Best Medium Dry Riesling

Dr. Konstantin Frank 2016 Riesling, Semi-Dry

 

Best Medium Sweet Riesling

Buttonwood Grove Winery 2016 Riesling

 

Best Sweet Riesling

Fox Run Vineyards 2014 Lot 11 Riesling, Lake Dana Vineyard

 

Best Overall Riesling

Buttonwood Grove Winery 2016 Riesling

 

Best Sauvignon Blanc

Paumanok Vineyards 2016 Sauvignon Blanc

 

Best Pinot Grigio

Seneca Shore Cellars Pinot Grigio

 

Best Grüner Veltliner

Dr. Konstantin Frank 2016 Grüner Veltliner

 

Best Other Vinifera White Varietal

Kontokosta Winery 2016 Viognier

 

Best Vinifera White Blend

Bedell Cellars 2016 Taste White


Best Traminette

Johnson Estate Winery 2016 Traminette

 

Best Vignoles

Anthony Road Wine Company 2016 Vignoles

 

Best Cold Climate White Varietal

Weis Vineyards 2016 Heart of the Lake

 

Best Hybrid White

3 Brothers Wineries & Estates Nearly Naked

 

Best Diamond

Thirsty Owl Wine Company 2016 Diamond

 

Best Niagara

Chateau LaFayette Reneau Niagara Mist

 

Best Rosé

Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé

 

Best Blush

Owera Vineyards Cazenovia Blush

 

Best Catawba

CK Cellars/Torrey Ridge Winery Catawba

 

Best Merlot

Damiani Wine Cellars 2012 Merlot Reserve

 

Best Pinot Noir

Martha Clara Vineyards 2015 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir

 

Best Cabernet Franc

Fjord Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Franc

 

Best Syrah

Clovis Point Vineyard & Winery 2014 Syrah

 

Best Other Red Vinifera Varietal

Thirsty Owl Wine Company 2015 Malbec

 

Best Vinifera Red Blend

3 Brothers Wineries & Estates 2016 Zweigelt/Cabernet Sauvignon

 

Best Cold Climate Red Varietal

Tug Hill Vineyards 2015 Marquette

 

Best Hybrid Red

Stone Age Winery Reugeon de Chaunac

 

Best Fruit Wine

21 Brix Winery Raspberry

 

Best Cider

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyard Cider Tree with Citra Hops

 

Best Spirit

Finger Lakes Distilling Seneca Drums Gin

 

Best Port

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyard Light Port

 

Best Late Harvest

Wölffer Estate Vineyard 2014 Diosa Late Harvest

 

Best Ice Wine

Leonard Oakes Estate Winery 2015 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine

 

Best Vinifera Sparkling White

Sparkling Pointe Vineyards & Winery 2012 Blanc de Blanc, Méthode Champenoise

 

Best Vinifera Sparkling Pink

Sparkling Pointe Vineyards & Winery 2014 Topaz Imperial, Méthode Champenoise

 

Best Hybrid Sparkling White

J.R. Dill Winery Cayuga White Rise

 

 

 

Complete results of the 2017 Classic will also soon be posted under “Industry/New York Wine & Food Classic” and under "Awards" both at www.newyorkwines.org, which also includes Gold medal New York wines from other major competitions.

 

Media Contact: Jim Trezise at jimtrezise@gmail.com