• New York-made wines continue to rack up impressive performances in various U.S. competitions. Here is the latest success story, with details supplied by Jim Trezise of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation:
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards and Swedish Hill Winery swept three of the five “Best of Show” awards at the prestigious 26th annual Florida State Fair International Wine Competition held recently in Tampa. The competition involved hundreds of wines from five countries and 40 different states.
New York wines won a total of 139 medals, including 17 Double Gold (unanimous selection of the judging panel), 20 Gold (majority selection of the judging panel), 56 Silver, and 46 Bronze awards.
Hazlitt 2012 Dry Riesling won “Best White Wine” and its 2012 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine was voted “Best Dessert Wine.” Swedish Hill Spumante Blush once again garnered “Best Sparkling Wine” honors.
Other Double Gold medals went to Casa Larga 2012 Medium Dry Riesling, Earle Estates Traditional Honey Mead, Goose Watch 2012 Pinot Grigio, Hazlitt 2012 Homestead Reserve Riesling and 2012 Gruvee, Heron Hill 2011 Late Harvest Vidal, Liberty Vineyards Richter Red, Swedish Hill 2011 Cabernet Franc-Lemberger, 2012 Chardonnay Reserve and Viking Red, Thirsty Owl 2012 Diamond and 2012 Riesling; Torrey Ridge Catawba and Blue Sapphire. Many of these wines were featured in the “Sweepstakes” round as Best of Class.
Gold medals were awarded to Earle Estates Apple Enchantment and Blueberry Wine, Goose Watch Pinot Noir Brut Rose and Golden Spumante; Hazlitt White Cat, Cabin Fever, White Stag, and Schooner Red, Heron Hill 2012 Unoaked Chardonnay, Keuka Spring 2012 Epic Reserve and Clara’s Red, Lakewood 2012 Chardonnay, Liberty Vineyards Reds Whites Blues, Fredonia, and 2013 Riesling, Swedish Hill 2012 Cayuga White and 2012 Marechal Foch Torrey Ridge Cayuga, 2012 Riesling, and Niagara.