New York State wineries took top honors in a third of the categories in the 25th annual Florida State Fair International Wine & Grape Juice Competition held this week.
The event, sponsored by the Florida Grape Growers Association, was held in Tampa.
Penguin Bay Winery's 2011 Riesling won "Best White Wine" and its sister Goose Watch Winery's Classic Cream Sherry took "Best Dessert Wine." Both wineries are part of the company that operates Swedish Hill Winery in the Finger Lakes.
In addition to those honors, Goose Watch also won a Gold for its Golden Spumante, and Swedish Hill won Double Golds (unanimous vote of the tasting panel) for its Blanc de Blanc and 2011 Riesling as well as a Gold for its Spumante Blush.
Other Double Gold medals for New York went to:
• Dr. Frank 2010 Rkatsiteli
• Earle Estate Meadery Blueberry Wine
• Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards White Cat
Other Gold medals (majority vote of the tasting panel) for New Yorkers:
• Adirondack Winery Red Carriage
• Anthony Road 2011 Dry Riesling
• Chateau Frank Celebre Cremant
• Coyote Moon Twisted Sister
• Coyote Moon Fire Boat Red
• Coyote Moon LaCrescent
• Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2011 Pinot Gris
• Keuka Spring Vineyards Celebrate
• Lakewood Vineyards 2011 Abby Rose
• Lakewood Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Franc
• Liberty Vineyards and Winery 2011 Traminette
• Liberty Vineyards Chocolette
• Liberty Vineyards Diamond
• Liberty Vineyards Reds, Whites & Blues
• Montezuma Winery Diamond
The competition included entries from 31 states and six countries. New York and California entries each took two categories, with the other two going to wines from Indiana and Iowa.