New York State wines claimed top honors in seven "Best of Category" tastings at the recent 10th annual Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association Wine Competition in Haymarket, VA. Top top it off, Chateau Frank's 2008 Blanc de Noirs took "Best of Show" honors. The sparkling wine retails for $29.99.
Overall, New York wines won 24 Gold, 41 Silver and 30 Bronze medals. Gold medals and "Best of" wins went to Arbor Hill Grapery's Speedster, Chateau LaFayette Reneau's Seyval-Chardonnay and its 2012 Dry Riesling, Coyote Moon Vineyards' 2013 Fire Boat Red, Knapp Winery & Vineyard's 2013 Semi-Dry Gewurztraminer, Martha Clara Vineyards' 2010 Northville, and Osprey's Dominion's 2010 Cabernet Franc.
Other Gold medals for New York entries:
Arbor Hill's 2013 Noir, Belhurst's 2013 Semi-Dry Riesling, Chateau Frank's 2007 Brut and its Celebre Rose, Chateau LaFayette Reneau's 2013 Dry Riesling and its 2012 Semi-Dry Riesling, Dr Frank's 2013 Gewurztraminer, Earle Estate's Worthog Hard Cider and its Porky's Pleasure Worthog Hard Cherry Cider, Fulkerson Winery's 2013 William Vigne Juicy Sweet Riesling, Glenora Wine Cellars' 2013 Chardonnay, Lakewood Vineyards' 2013 Vignoles, Osprey's Dominion's 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Thirsty Owl's 2013 Dry Riesling and its 2013 Riesling, Whitecliff Vineyards' 2013 Riesling and its 2013 Table Rock Red.
The Chateau Frank winner was created under the management of Mark Veraguth, the head winemaker who has been a part of the Dr. Frank team for more than 25 years.
The competition is run by the The Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association (ASWA), one of the oldest wine organizations on the East Coast. It was established in 1973 as the Vinifera Wine Growers Association (VWGA), and was an early supporter of planting world-class Vinifera wine grapes, the production of quality commercial wines, and the building of a wine industry along the Eastern seaboard. Today, the ASWA covers 17 states and is a national and international wine trade association that works with state and national legislatures to resolve issues that challenge the U.S. wine industry.