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Sparkling Pointe takes strikes Double Gold twice in San Francisco

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New York State entries garnered eight Double Gold awards -- two from the Long Island winery Sparkling Pointe -- in the 34th annual San Francisco International Wine Competition, according to the official formalized results released today. The state's signature Rieslings alone took four of them.

Overall, New Yorkers also won 14 Gold, 39 Silver, and 23 Bronze medals. The annual event this time around had a field of 4,569 entries from 26 states and 31 countries in a competition that covered three days of intensive judging by an international panel.

"Portfolio of the Year" honors went to Trinchero Family Estates of St. Helena, California, while "The Tasting Panel Magazine Winery of the Year " was awarded to Maryhill Winery of Goldendale, Washington. The "André Tchelistcheff Winemaker of the Year" award was won by Cinzia Merli, the winemaker at Le Macchiole in Bolgheri, Italy.

Double Golds -- awarded upon unanimous vote of a tasting panel -- went to: Sparkling Pointe 2005 Brut Seduction; Sparkling Pointe 2008 Blanc de Noirs; Belhurst 2013 Dry Riesling; Goose Watch Winery Classic Cream Sherry; Heron Hill Winery 2012 Dry Riesling; Keuka Spring Vineyards 2013 Vignoles; Penguin Bay Winery 2012 Dry Riesling, and Wagner Vineyards 2012 Dry Riesling.

Gold medals -- awarded upon majority vote of a tasting panel -- went to: Belhurst 2012 Chardonnay; Chateau Frank 2007 Brut; Dr. Frank 2013 Dry Riesling; Dr. Frank 2012 Rkatsiteli; Eagle Crest 2013 On-no-lee; Goose Watch 2013 Diamon; Keuka Spring 2013 Riesling (Humphrey's Vineyard); Keuka Springs 2013 Gewurztraminer; Mazza 2013 Pinot Grigio; Swedish Hill 2013 Riesling; Swedish Hill 2013 Blue Waters Riesling; Swedish Hill 2013 Vidal Blanc; Wagner 2012 Riesling Ice Wine, and Wagner 2012 Riesling Select.

Says Jim Trezise, president of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation and one of the competition judges, "One of the many nice things about judging the SFI ... is the chance to try different wines from around the world that I've never heard of, like Irsai Oliver -- huh? -- which was fabulous and nearly beat a Riesling for the 'Best of Show White.' Our panel had one flight of about a dozen wines like that, and it was fascinating. Thank goodness for Google and Wikipedia to help us get information."

Full results in all categories are available online. And, for the record, Irsai Oliver is a white Hugarian table wine. Details here on Wikipedia.

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