In addition to winning "Best Hudson Valley Wine" honors for its Tocai Friulano Proprietor's Special Reserve, it also won "Winery of the Year" honors for the total number of medals earned in the compeititon.
That award was presented by Lt. Governor Bob Duffy to winery owner John Dyson, general manager David Bowa and winemaker John Graziano at the conclusion of the annual event, held at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck. It is given each year to the best wine made in the Hudson Valley from valley-grown fruit. The competition is open to any sort of wines and spirits produced in the Hudson Valley, including those made there from fruits imported from other regions of the state.
The event was held at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck as part of the Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest. The judges included people from the media, wine sellers, winemakers and others in the field, yours truly one of the judges once again.
"Best In Show" went to a 2010 Merlot Reserve from Hudson-Chatham Winery in Ghent, Columbia County.
• Best Sparkling -- B-Sparkling, Brotherhood Winery
• Best Red -- 2010 Merlot Reserve, Hudson-Chatham Winery
• Best Rosé -- Sunset Charlie, Brookview Station Winery
• Best Fruit Wine -- Baldwin Vineyards Trilogy
• Best Dessert Wine -- Bannerman's Castle Amber Cream, Hudson-Chatham
• Best Whiskey -- Hudson Manhattan Rye, Tuthilltown Spirits.
The competition was organized and run by Debbie Gioquinto for the sponsoring Hudson Valley Wine & Grape Association. Five panels of judges from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut were drawn from the wine media, vendors, winemakers and others in the field.
Other top winners:
Double Gold Medals:
Baldwin Vineyards Trilogy
Benmarl Winery 2012 Semi Dry Riesling
Brotherhood Winery 2012 Riesling
Clinton Vineyards 2012 Victory White
Glorie Farm Winery 2011 Cabernet Franc
Glorie Farm Winery 2012 Jumpin Jazz
Glorie Farm Winery 2012 Peach
Hudson-Chatham Winery 2010 Merlot Reserve
Hudson-Chatham Winery Raspberry Ruby
Hudson-Chatham Winery Bannerman's Castle Amber Cream
Tuthilltown Spirits Hudson Manhattan Rye
Tuthilltown Spirits Hudson Four Grain Bourbon
Magnanini Farm Winery Grappa
Millbrook Vineyards & Winery 2011 Proprietor's Special Reserve Chardonnay
Millbrook Vineyards & Winery2012 Tocai Friulano Proprietor's Special Reserve
Robibero Winery 2012 Cabernet Franc
Tousey Winery 2012 Chardonnay
Bashakill Vineyards 2012 Wood Duck Chardonnay
Bashakill Vineyards 2012 Barn Owl Gewurztraminer
Bashakill Vineyards 2011 Black Bear Reserve Cabernet Franc
Bashakill Vineyards, 2011 Bow Fin
Bashakill Vineyards 2012 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
Brookview Station Winery Sunset Charlie
Brookview Station Winery Porters Port
Brotherhood Winery B-Sparkling
Clinton Vineyards Cassis
Clinton Vineyards Romance
Hudson-Chatham Winery Highlands Ruby
Magnanini Farm Winery Bianco Amabile
Naked Flock Hard Cider Original
Robibero Winery 2012 Traminette
Robibero Winery 2012 87 North
Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery 2012 Chardonnay
Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery 2012 Reserve Gamay Noir
Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery 2012 Merlot-Malbec
Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery Sparkling Wine