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Finger Lakes winemakers honor their own top 5 Rieslings

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Quick, name the top Riesling from the Finger Lakes. OK, too tough. Well, name any of the top five Rieslings. Now THAT we can handle.

The Wine Symposium of the Finger Lakes, which wrapped up on Friday in Geneva with a special five-course wine-and-food pairing luncheon, unveiled the top Finger Lakes Rieslings at a grand tasting that was held Thursday evening. last evening. The awards were based on blind tastings of 121 wines submitted by 47 wineries, and are categorized according to the Riesling Taste Profile of the International Riesling Foundation with the categories based on the interplay of residual sugar, acid, and pH.

The tastings were conducted by Finger Lakes winemakers who wound up honoring two awards each for wineries on Keuka and Seneca lakes, and one on Cayuga. The five category winners:

Dry: Wagner Vineyards Caywood East Vineyard Dry Riesling 2012; Medium Dry: Red Newt Cellars Dry Riesling 2012; Medium Sweet: McGregor Vineyard Semi-Dry Riesling 2012; Sweet: Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars Riesling Reserve 2012; Dessert: Sheldrake Point Winery Late Harvest Riesling 2013.

The symposium was sponsored by Geneva Growth and the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance.

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