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The New York Wine Classic Announces Dates, New Name and Categories

Valerie Ross

Category: Industry

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The New York Wine Classic Announces Dates, New Name and Categories

CANANDAIGUA, NY – April 30, 2018 – The 33rd Annual New York Wine Classic (formerly known as the New York Wine & Food Classic) will once again be held at the scenic Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel in Watkins Glen, NY from August 6th through August 8th. The New York Wine Classic was created and is annually hosted by the New York Wine & Grape Foundation.

The New York Wine Classic is open to the over 420 wineries in New York State. Categories include vinifera wines like Riesling and Cabernet Franc, and hybrid wines like Traminette and Maréchal Foch. The contest also includes categories for wines made from labrusca grapes, other fruits and honey. In partnership with New York State, this year we are adding a new category focusing on brandy made from Concord grapes.

“We are excited to be hosting the New York Wine Classic again this year,” said Sam Filler, New York Wine & Grape Foundation Executive Director. “We’ve obviously changed the name a bit, to reflect the competition’s natural evolution to focus solely on wine. We’re actually going to be running a competition to pick a new logo for the event and we encourage everyone to weigh in on the design they like.” “We’re also going to be streamlining our categories and adding an exciting new contest to spotlight brandy being made from Concord grapes,” continues Filler, “Winning the Classic usually means  selling out of that wine. We’re planning to promote winners of the Classic throughout the year at special events across the state and the country. We are proud to kick things off by announcing our top winners, The Governor’s Cup and Winery of the Year, at the opening day of the Great New York State Fair on August 22nd.”

The Governor’s Cup, a large silver chalice, recognizes the “Best of Show” or top prize of all 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. The honors are awarded based on blind tastings by over 20 expert judges from across the US. Judging panels determine the initial medals, with top-scoring wines then being evaluated by all judges for “Best of” Category and “Governor's Cup” awards.

The festivities will begin on Monday evening, August 6th, 2018 with a Judges Welcome Dinner sponsored by Gray Locey CPA, PC. The competition will commence on Tuesday, August 7th with a full day of judging followed by the “Sweepstakes Round” on Wednesday morning. A celebratory lunch created by Executive Chef, Chris Hascall will follow the final round of judging.

A full list of revised categories will be made available on by May 15th, along with participation information. 


About the New York Wine & Grape Foundation (NYWGF) The New York Wine & Grape Foundation promotes the world-class image of New York grapes and wines from the state’s diverse regions to responsibly benefit farmers, producers and consumers through innovative marketing, research, communication, and advocacy. Learn more at