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The Press Deck- 8/8/18~New York Wine Classic Unveils Governor’s Cup~ Winery of the Year~ Other Top Awards

Julie Hosbach

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Field Notes-New York Wine Classic Unveils Governor’s Cup, Winery of the Year, Other Top Awards

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Watkins Glen, NY - August 8th, 2018 – The 2018 New York Wine & Grape Foundation is pleased to announce that Keuka Spring Vineyards, 2017 Gewürztraminer has won the coveted “Governor’s Cup” trophy at the 33rd Annual New York Wine Classic Competition held on August 7th & 8th at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel in Watkins Glen, NY. The “Winery of the Year” title was awarded to Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery from the Finger Lakes Region.

The Governor's Cup, a large silver chalice, recognizes the "Best of Show" or top prize of all 924 entries in the New York Wine 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 Governor’s Cup and Winery of the Year winners will be presented with their awards at a special event later this summer.
“We are excited to unveil the results of the 2018 New York Wine Classic,” said Sam Filler, New York Wine & Grape Foundation Executive Director. “This year’s competition welcomed a new name, new logo, an impressive array of expert judges from across the country, as well 924 official entries,” continues Filler. “The anticipation surrounding our list of winners is palpable, as wineries and consumers know that a top award at the ‘Classic’ means quickly selling out of that wine. The New York Wine & Grape Foundation will embark on a year-long promotion of the winners, the very best that New York has to offer, at special events across the state and the country. Special classes featuring these wines will be held at the Great New York State Fair starting on August 22nd, 2018 in Syracuse.”
This year's competition included 853 New York wines and 71 Hard Ciders from several regions across New York State including Central New York, Finger Lakes, Lake Champlain, Lake Erie, Long Island, Hudson Valley, Niagara Escarpment, Thousand Islands, and Upper Hudson Valley. The Keuka Spring Vineyards, 2017 Gewürztraminer was also voted Best Gewürztraminer and Best White on its way to the ultimate award. Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery won Winery of the Year on its way to the Winery of the Year award. 
A "Best Limited Production Wine" award, for wines produced with fewer than 100 cases, went to Idol Ridge Winery’s 2016 String of Pearls sparkling wine.
There were three categories for cider this year: Best Modern Cider, Best Specialty Cider and Best Heritage Cider. Angry Orchard’s “Baldwin SVC 2015” won Best Modern Cider; Three Brothers Wineries & Estates “Cane Mutiny, Red Apple Bombshell” won Best Specialty Cider and Kite & String’s “Pioneer Pippin” was awarded Best Heritage Cider on the way to ultimately winning the 2018 Governor’s Cider Cup. 
“With an historic orcharding tradition, favorable soil, climate and weather patterns for growing apples, and our community of craft beverage experts, it is no wonder that New York cider is recognized for its premium quality,” says Jenn Smith, Executive Director of the New York Cider Association. “We're grateful to the New York Wine Classic for working with us to include categories reflecting the diversity of cider being made in New York and communicating the shared language of the national cider industry, thereby helping us shine a light on the excellence of New York cider.”
The awards were based on blind tastings by 21 expert judges from across the country. 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 33rd year, the New York Wine Classic is organized by the New York Wine & Grape Foundation and is open to all 440 New York wineries from all regions. In 2018, a total of 40 Double Gold, 49 Gold, 324 Silver, and 334 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.
“Best of Category” awards were presented to:
Best Sparkling Wine
Sparkling Pointe Vineyards & Winery, 2008 Brut Seduction
Méthode Champenoise
Best White Wine
Keuka Spring Vineyards, 2017 Gewürztraminer
Best Pink Wine
Sheldrake Point, 2017 Dry Rosé 
Best Red Wine
Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery, 2016 Blaüfrankisch
Best Dessert Wine
Brotherhood Winery, 2017 Late Harvest Riesling
“Best of Class” awards go to Double Gold or Gold medal wines in classes of at least 7 wines.
Best Oaked Chardonnay
Macari Vineyards, 2015 Chardonnay Reserve
Best Unoaked Chardonnay
Osmote Wines, 2017 Cayuga Lake Chardonnay
Best Overall Chardonnay
Osmote Wines, 2017 Cayuga Lake Chardonnay
Best Gewürztraminer
Keuka Spring Vineyards, 2017 Gewürztraminer
Best Dry Riesling
Heron Hill Winery, 2016 Riesling Reserve
Best Medium Dry Riesling
Hosmer Winery, 2016 Limited Release Riesling 
Best Medium Sweet Riesling
Boundary Breaks, 2017 Riesling Reserve #198
Best Sweet Riesling
Fox Run Vineyards, 2016 Lot 11 Lake Dana Riesling
Best Overall Riesling
Hosmer Winery, 2016 Limited Release Riesling
Best Pinot Gris
Lakewood Vineyards, 2017 Pinot Gris
Best Grüner Veltliner
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, 2014 Grüner Veltliner
Best Vinifera White Blend
Atwater Estate Vineyards, 2016 Riewurz
Best Traminette
Thirsty Owl Wine Company, 2016 Traminette
Best Rosé
Sheldrake Point Winery, 2017 Dry Rosé 
Best Blush
Owera Vineyards, 2017 Cazenovia Blush
Best Cabernet Sauvignon 
Brotherhood Winery, 2015 New York Icon Cabernet Sauvignon, Single Vineyard
Best Merlot
Brotherhood Winery, 2014 New York Icon Merlot, Single Vineyard
Best Pinot Noir
Winery of Ellicottville, 2016 Pinot Noir
Best Cabernet Franc
Heron Hill Winery, 2016 Classic Cabernet Franc
Best Lemberger/Blaufrankisch
Dr. Konstantin Frank, 2016 Blaufrankisch
Best Syrah
Harbes Vineyard, 2014 Syrah
Best Red Vinifera Blend
Harbes Vineyard, 2014 Red Blend, Proprietor’s Reserve
Best Hybrid Red Varietal 
Vineyard View Winery, 2016 Marquette
Best Late Harvest 
Brotherhood Winery, 2017 Late Harvest Riesling
Best Ice Wine
Hunt Country Vineyards, 2016 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine
Best Vinifera Sparkling White
Sparkling Pointe Vineyards & Winery, 2008 Brut Seduction Méthode Champenoise
Complete results of the 2018 New York Wine Classic will be posted on our website soon.
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About the New York Wine Classic
The New York Wine Classic was created and is annually hosted by the New York Wine & Grape Foundation. Open to all New York State wineries, 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. 
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 www.newyorkwines.org 
The New York Wine & Grape Foundation would also like to thank the Gray Locey, CPA and The Arrigo Agency, sponsors of the Welcome Dinner and Celebratory Closing Luncheon.
Sam Filler, Executive Director