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Records galore in Finger Lakes International wine test

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If your New York State wine was entered in the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition this year, your chances of medaling were superb.

As evidence: New York winemakers' products earned 21 Double Gold (unanimous vote of a judging panel), 57 Gold (majority vote of a panel), 238 Silver, and 207 Bronze awards. That's a grand total of 523 medals.

It's not that the Rochester event -- from which some proceeds go to Camp Good Days and Special Times -- is a New York-only competition. Actually, this year records were set for total number of wines entered (3,756), number of countries represented (20), number of states represented (50) and number of Canadian provinces represented (6). Panels selected from 75 judges from 16 countries made the medal determinations.

Despite the New York medal haul, "Best of" category awards went to non-New York wines:

  • Best Riesling: St. James Winery Riesling, Missouri
  • Best Chardonnay: Lafond Winery & Vineyards 2011 Chardonnay, California
  • Best Cabernet Sauvignon: Paul Hobbs Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, California
  • Best Ice Wine: Debonne Vineyards Vidal Blanc Ice Wine, Ohio

If you want to sort through the hundreds of medals, the competition has an excellent searchable results chart online that allows you to select wine types, wineries, medals, countries, etc. Click here to access it.

Meanwhile, here are the Double Gold New York results, by winery:

  • Anthony Road 2013 Pinot Gris and 2013 Rose of Cabernet Franc
  • Arbor Hill Speedster
  • Baiting Hollow 2011 Sweet Isis
  • Chateau Frank Celebre Rose
  • Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2010 Merlot and Seyval Chardonnay
  • Clovis Point 2013 Chardonnay;
  • Fox Run 2011 Riesling 12, Hanging Delta Vineyard
  • Glenora 2012 Riesling, Select Harvest, Dalrymple Vineyards
  • Hazlitt 2012 Vidal Ice Wine
  • Hector Wine Company 2012 Essence
  • Liberty Vineyards & Winery 2013 Riesling
  • Pellegrini 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Penguin Bay 2012 Pinot Grigio
  • Sheldrake Point 2013 Dry Rose and 2012 Gewurztraminer
  • Stone Age Winery 2013 Blush
  • Swedish Hill 2012 Riesling
  • Warwick Valley Doc's Draft Hard Pear Apple Cider
  • Earle Estates Meadery Porky's Pleasure Worthog Cherry Hard Cider.