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Florida Loves New York Wines (WP 2/6/16)
New York wines once again scored big--no, HUGE--at the annual Florida State Fair International Wine Competition in Tampa last weekend, winning 4 of the 6 Best of Show categories, plus 19 Double Gold, 19 Gold, 34 Silver and 12 Bronze medals.
Liberty Vineyards & Winery from the Lake Erie region was the big winner, with two Best of Show awards (2013 Sparkling Riesling, and 2015 Catawba Ice Wine), in addition to four other Double Golds ( Purple Hope, Fredonia, 2014 Riesling, and Diamond Select) plus two Golds (
Owera Vineyards Owaghera White won Best White Wine, along with a Double Gold for Bettys White and Gold for Cazenovia 1793. And Torrey Ridge Catawba won Best Blush/Rose, plus a gold for their Diamond.
Other Double Gold medals went to Black Willow Bare Cat Blush; Dr. Frank 2014 Dry Riesling; Earle Estate Blueberry Wine, Raspberry Reflections, and Pear Mead; Keuka Spring Crooked Lake Red; Lakewood 2014 Chardonnay and 2014 Dry Riesling; Swedish Hill 2014 Riesling and Naturel.
Other Gold medals were awarded to Arbor Hill Noiret and Diana Blush; black Willow Classic Diamond and Black Widow Berry; Dr. Frank 2014 Gruner Veltliner and 2014 Gewurztraminer; Earle Estates Apple Enchantment; Keuka Spring 2014 Apres and Millers Cove Red; Lakewood Niagara; Niagara Landing Rosebud Gold and Hot Pepper Wine; Swedish Hill 2014 Marechal Foch, 2012 Cabernet Franc, and Riesling Cuvee; and Torrey Ridge Diamond.
Next up, in about 10 days, is the annual East vs. West competition in Santa Rosa, California.
Elsewhere, at the Winemaker Challenge, Platinum awards went to Dr. Frank 2014 Gruner Veltliner (94), and Wolffer Estate 2013 Late Harvest Diosa (96).