Seneca Lake Winery Awards

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Below is a partial list of awards, or industry praise, many of our member wineries have received the past few years. Thank you to the New York Wine and Grape Foundation and Jim Tresize for their weekly emails which provided the bulk of this information. Please know that we have several member wineries that submit their wines to very few competitions, and therefore have fewer medals, but that in no way necessarily reflects the quality of their wine at all. Usually, in fact, it means they're a relatively small winery, where the owner(s) do literally everything from the vineyard to the bottle, and simply lack the time/resources to submit wines to as many competitions as they might prefer. For those visitors, however, that are fans of particular grapes, or style of wine, this list can be helpful in helping you winnow down the list of wineries you want to visit. If, for example, you're a big fan of the Merlot grape you can perform a search of this long page for that grape, and quickly identify at least some of those wineries that have made some award-winning Merlot wines the past few years.

Chateau Lafayette Reneau 2013 Estate Bottled Semi-Dry Riesling won the coveted Governor's Cup trophy at the 2014 New York Wine & Food Classic competition. The Best Rosé Wine was won by Anthony Road Wine Company 2013 Rosé of Cabernet Franc; Best Gewürztraminer went to Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars for their Estate Bottled 2013 Gewürztraminer; Best Dry Riesling was won by Wagner Vineyards for their 2012 Riesling Dry, Caywood East Vineyards; Best Sweet Riesling, Wagner Vineyards Estate Grown & Bottled 2012 Riesling Select; Best Grüner Veltliner, Three Brothers Wineries & Estates 2013 Grüner Veltliner; Best Vignoles, Anthony Road Wine Company 2013 Vignoles; Best Vinifera Rose, Anthony Road Wine Company 2013 Rosé of Cabernet Franc; Best Pinot Noir, Ventosa Vineyards 2010 Pinot Noir; Best Other Red Vinifera Varietal. Fulkerson Winery 2013 William Vigne Dry Zwiegelt; Best Hybrid Red, Lakewood Vineyards 2013 Long Stem Red.

At the 2014 Indy International Wine Competition, Concordance (Double Gold) awards went to Seneca Shore Wine Cellars Pinot Gris; Torrey Ridge Blue Sapphire; Wagner Vineyards 2012 Riesling and 2012 Riesling Caywood East Vineyard; and Wort Hog Cidery Hard Cider. And Gold medals went to Belhurst 2013 Riesling; Earle Estate Blueberry; Fulkerson 2013 Gruner Veltliner and William Vigne 2013 Juicy Sweet Riesling; Lakewood Vineyards 2011 Blanc de Noir 25th Anniversary, 2013 Gewurztraminer, 2013 Valvin Muscat, and 2013 Vignoles; Seneca Shore Pinot Gris; Torrey Ridge Diamond; Wagner 2012 Riesling; Wort Hog Cidery Big Jake's Spiced Hard Cidery and Cherry Hard Cider/Porky's Pleasure.

Virginia's 2014 Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition featured a handful of winning member wineries including Chateau LaFayette Reneau winning Best of Category awards for both their Seyval-Chardonnay and 2012 Dry Riesling, while Gold medals were won by Belhurst 2013 Semi-Dry Riesling; Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2013 Dry Riesling and 2012 Semi-Dry Riesling; Earle Estate Worthog Hard Cider and Porky's Pleasure Worthog Hard Cherry Cider; Fulkerson 2013 William Vigne Juicy Sweet Riesling; Glenora 2013 Chardonnay and Lakewood 2013 Vignoles.

At the 2014 San Francisco International Wine Competition Double Gold medals were awarded to Belhurst 2013 Dry Riesling; Penguin Bay 2012 Dry Riesling, Sparkling Pointe 2005 Brut Seduction and 2008 Blanc de Noirs; and Wagner 2012 Dry Riesling. Gold medals went to Belhurst 2012 Chardonnay; Wagner 2012 Riesling Ice Wine and 2012 Riesling Select.

In the August 2014 issue of Wine & Spirits Magazine, top ratings were issued to several Seneca Lake wineries: Ravines 2012 Cabernet Franc (93), Chateau Lafayette Reneau 2012 Late Harvest (91); Lamoreaux Landing 2012 Round Rock Vineyard (91) and 2012 Dry (91); Fox Run 2011 12 Hanging Delta Vineyard (90); Glenora 2012 Select Harvest Dairy Maple Vineyard (90); and Ravines 2011 Dry Argetsinger Vineyard (90).

In the 2014 Ultimate Wine Challenge Wagner Vineyards earned 5 Gold medals for their 2012 Semi-Dry Riesling, 2012 Riesling Caywood East Vineyard, 2012 Riesling Select, 2012 Semi-Dry Gewurztraminer, and 2012 Riesling Ice Wine.

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards' 2012 Solera Sherry took top honors (Best of Show) at the 2014 New York State Fair Wine Competition held in Syracuse, with Glenora Wine Cellars taking Best of Category awards for their 2013 Riesling (White Wine), 2012 Meritage (Red Wine), and Vidal Blanc Ice Wine (Dessert Wine) and Earle Estates also winning a Best of Category award for their Wort Hog Porky's Pleasure Hard Cherry Cider (Hard Cider).

Wagner Vineyards recently captured  some New York recognition at the 2014 Critics Challenge Wine Competition in California, taking Gold medals for its 2012 Riesling Ice, 2012 Dry Riesling (Caywood Vineyard East), and 2012 Riesling Select..

At the 2014 Wine Symposium of the Finger Lakes, Wagner Vineyards won the Dry Riesling category with their Caywood East Vineyard Dry Riesling 2012.

At the 2014 Los Angeles International Wine Competition, Wagner Vineyards took 3 Gold medals for their 2012 Riesling Caywood East Vineyard, 2012 Semi-Dry Riesling, and 2012 Riesling Select.

Many Seneca Lake Wine Trail member wineries recently earned medals at the 2014 Finger Lakes Wine Symposium, with the following wines winning Gold medals: Anthony Road Wine Company, Riesling Dry 2013 and Martini Reinhardt Selection Riesling 2012; Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, Dry Riesling 2012; Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars, Dry Riesling 2012; Ravines Wine Cellars, Dry Riesling 2013; Seneca Shore Wine Cellars, Dry Riesling 2012; Wagner Vineyards, Caywood East Vineyard Dry Riesling 2012; Lakewood Vineyards, Dry Riesling 2012 and Riesling 2012; Atwater Estate Vineyards, Dry Riesling 2012; Chateau LaFayette Reneau, Riesling Semi-Dry 2012; Fox Run Vineyards, Hanging Delta Vineyard Riesling 2011; Standing Stone Vineyards, Riesling Ice 2012

At the 2014 Pacific Rim International Wine Competition in San Bernardino, CA, Gold/Best of Class awards went to Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards for their Solera Sherry; Penguin Bay 2012 Dry Riesling; and Torrey Ridge Winery for their Lucky wine. Gold medals were awarded to Earle Estates Diamond; Hazlitt 2012 Riesling Homestead Reserve; Penguin Bay 2012 Riesling; Torrey Ridge Lucky's B; and Wagner 2012 Sweet Riesling.

At the 2014 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, hosted in nearby Rochester, NY many Seneca Lake Wine Trail member wines were awarded. The following wineries won Double Gold Medals: Anthony Road Wine Company, 2013 Pinot Gris and 2013 Rosé of Cabernet Franc; Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, 2012 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine; Fox Run Vineyards, 2011 Riesling 12; Glenora Wine Cellars, 2012 Riesling Select Harvest Dalrymple Vineyards; Penguin Bay Winery, 2012 Pinot Grigio; Wort Hog Cidery at Earle Estates, NV Porky's Pleasure Cherry Hard Cider. The following wineries also won Gold Medals: Anthony Road, 2013 Unoaked Chardonnay and 2012 Martini-Reinhardt Select Riesling; Chateau LaFayette Reneau, 2012 Dry Riesling; Earle Estates Meadery, NV Cruisin' Cranberry; Fox Run, 2010 Lemberger/Cabernet Franc; Fulkerson Winery, NV Red Zeppelin and 2013 Diamond; Hazlitt, 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2012 Riesling; Lakewood Vineyards, 2012 Riesling and 2012 Dry Riesling; Penguin Bay Winery, 2012 Riesling; Prejean Winery, 2012 Semi-dry Riesling; Wagner Vineyards, 2012 Caywood East Dry Riesling, 2012 Riesling Select and 2012 Riesling Ice; and Wort Hog Cidery at Earle Estates, NV Hard Cider.

Not only is Fulkerson Winery celebrating 25 years of quality wine production this year, but their 2013 William Vigne Juicy Sweet Riesling was awarded two prestigious awards – Best New World White and Best New World Riesling – at the 2014 New World International Wine Competition. Furthermore a Best of Class designation was awarded to Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards for their 2012 Vidal Ice Wine, Double Gold medals were also awarded to Hazlitt for their Solera Sherry and Gruner Veltliner Gruvee, with Hazlitt also receiveing a Gold for their 2012 Riesling.

At the 2014 International Eastern Wine Competition, combined with the East Meets West Challenge, the following medals were awarded: Hazlitt 1852 Vineyard 2012 Vidal Ice Wine won Best Dessert Wine, and Earle Estates Meadery Wort Hog Hard Cherry Cider won Best Fruit Wine. Other Best of Class awards (and Double Golds) went to Chateau Lafayette Reneau Seyval-Chardonnay, and Wagner Vineyards 2012 Riesling, Caywood East, and 2012 Riesling Select. Gold medals were awarded to Atwater 2012 Dry Riesling; Earle Estates Wart Hog Hard Cider; Hazlitt 2012 Chardonnay; Penguin Bay Lemberger-Pinot Noir; Ventosa 2012 Riesling; and Wagner 2011 Riesling.

The Seneca Lake Wine Trail member wineries competed very successfully in the 2014 Florida State Fair International Wine and Grape Juice Competition with Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards taking home the Best of Show White Wine for their 2012 Homestead Reserve Riesling and Best of Show Dessert Wine with their 2012 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine. Double Gold medals were awarded to Torrey Ridge Winery for their Catawba and Blue Sapphire with sister winery Earle Estates Meadery also capturing a Double Gold for their Traditional Honey Mead. Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards also captured a Double Gold for their 2012 Gruvee.  Gold medals were won by Earle Estates Meadery, Blueberry Wine; Torrey Ridge Winery, Cayuga, Niagara and Riesling; Lakewood Vineyards, 2012 Chardonnay; Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, NV Cabin Fever, 2012 Dry Riesling, NV Schooner Red, and NV White Stag. Silver medals were captured by Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, NV Sherry, 2010 Cabernet Franc, 2012 Chardonnay Unoaked, NV Bramble Berry, 2011 Gewürztraminer, 2012 Pinot Gris, NV Port; Serenity Vineyards, 2011 Estate Bottled Cabernet Franc; Lakewood Vineyards, 2012 Cabernet Franc, 2012 Gewurztraminer, 2012 Abby Rose, 2012 Port; Penguin Bay, NV Lemberger Pinot Noir, 2012 Pinot Grigio, 2012 Dry Riesling; and Wagner Vineyards, 2012 Estate Bottled Riesling Dry Caywood East Vineyard, and 2012 Estate Bottled Riesling Select.

At the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the country's largest with 5,825 wines submitted by over 1,500 wineries from 25 States, NY wines garnered more than 150 awards including a Double Gold to Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards for their Solera Sherry and Gold medals as follows: Hazlitt 2012 Gruvee, 2012 Unoaked Chardonnay, and 2012 Oaked Chardonnay; Glenora 2012 Gewurztraminer; Wagner 2012 Dry Riesling Caywood East and 2012 Riesling Select; Fox Run 2012 Semi-Dry Riesling; and Ventosa for their 2012 Semi Sweet Riesling.

At the 2013 Grand Harvest Awards Competition, sponsored by Vineyard & Winery Management magazine, Double Gold/Best of Class honors went to Fulkerson 2012 William Vigne Juicy Sweet Riesling,  Wagner 2011 Semi-Dry Riesling, and Belhurst 2012 Dry Riesling. Gold medals went to Belhurst 2012 Semi-Dry Riesling and 2012 Dry Riesling; Hazlitt 2010 Pinot Noir; and Wagner 2011 Semi-Dry Riesling.

Seneca Lake Wine Trail member wines racked up more awards and accolades in various places this week, including three "Jefferson Cup" winners at the prestigious 2013 Jefferson Cup Invitational Wine Competition run by our friend and colleague Doug Frost, one of few people in the world who is both a Master of Wine and Master Sommelier. Just being nominated for a "Cup" award is equivalent to Double Gold in other competitions, so being awarded it is like a Triple Gold. The three wines so awarded were Fox Run 2012 Semi-Dry Riesling; Hazlitt 1852 Cabin Fever Rose and 2012 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine. Penguin Bay's 2012 Dry Riesling was nominated for the award, which itself is a great honor. Several wineries also won Awards of American Excellence,  equivalent to Gold medals, as follows: Chateau Lafayette Reneau 2010 Owner's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 Semi-Dry Riesling, and 2012 Late Harvest Riesling; Fox Run Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay Doyle Family Vineyard; Glenora Wine Cellars 2003 Brut and 2012 Pinot Blanc; Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards Bramble Berry, Red Cat, 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, 2012 Dry Riesling, 2012 Riesling, and White Cat; ; Lakewood Vineyards 2012 Abby Rose, 2012 Pinot Gris Gigliotti Vineyards, and 2012 Glaciovinum and Penguin Bay's Percussion.

At the 2013 American Wine Society Competition Double Golds were awarded to Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2012 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine and White Cat; Penguin Bay 2012 Riesling and Percussion; Three Brothers 2012 Starboard Batch 88; and Wagner Vineyards 2012 Riesling Select. And Gold medals were awarded to Hazlitt Cabin Fever and Wagner Vineyards 2012 Dry Riesling.

Fox Run Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon was rated one of the year's Best Cabernets & Blends, as well as a Best Value ($23), by Wine & Spirits magazine.

This year, Ravines 2012 Dry Riesling (91, $17) was #33 in the "Top 100 Wines of the Year" in Wine Spectator, as well as a Top Value. Glenora 2012 Gewurztraminer (a great Thanksgiving wine as well) received 93 as well as Top White Wine $15 and Under from Beverage Testing Institute's World Wine Championships.

Wine & Spirits magazine awarded 91 each to Lamoreaux Landing 2012 Finger Lakes Riesling, Round Rock Vineyard, and Lamoreaux Landing 2012 Finger Lakes Dry Riesling (a Best Buy at $14).

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2012 Vidal Ice Wine received 90 points from Wine Enthusiast, which also features the Finger Lakes as America's premier producer of ice wines (from grapes frozen on the vine) and iced wines (picked, then frozen), with some wineries producing both. Recommended producers include Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards and Standing Stone Vineyards.

In October 2013 Wine & Spirits also picked several New York wineries as "Best Buys of the Year": Anthony Road 2011 Finger Lakes Dry Riesling, Wagner Vineyards 2011 Finger Lakes Semi-Dry Riesling, and Lamoreaux Landing 2010 Finger Lakes T23 Unoaked Cabernet Franc.

Times wine writer Eric Asimov and three other Riesling-focused wine experts recently blind-tasted 20 different Finger Lakes Rieslings, naming their top 10, and came away very impressed with the overall quality. In fact, the article headline was, "In the Finger Lakes, Devotion to Riesling Shows." Among notable quotes: "...no American wine-growing region excites me about riesling as much as the Finger Lakes of New York."

October 2013 was a great month for Finger Lakes Riesling, starting with the Wine & Spirits coverage supplemented by a great New York Times article and a major award in Australia. Times wine writer Eric Asimov and three other Riesling-focused wine experts recently blind-tasted 20 different Finger Lakes Rieslings, naming their top 10, and came away very impressed with the overall quality. In fact, the article headline was, "In the Finger Lakes, Devotion to Riesling Shows." Among notable quotes: "...no American wine-growing region excites me about riesling as much as the Finger Lakes of New York." Those recognized Seneca Lake Wine Trail wineries were, in order, Anthony Road 2012 Dry Riesling; Anthony Road 2010 Art Series Dry Riesling; Ravines 2012 Dry Riesling; Glenora 2012 Dry Riesling; and Lamoreaux Landing 2010 Dry Riesling.

Results from the 2013 Tasters Guild Wine Lovers Competition (judged by consumers) included a total of 48 medals for New York wines including a Double Gold for Lakewood Vineyards 2012 Borealis.  Gold medals went to Chateau Lafayette Reneau 2012 Late Harvest Riesling and 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon and Wagner Vineyards 2012 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine.

At the 2013 New York Wine & Food Classic competition Earle Estates Winery & Meadery was honored to receive the "Specialty Wine Champion" award, recognizing consistent quality among the increasing number of wines made from fruits other than grapes, with their Raspberry Reflections wine. The following wineries won "Best of Class" awards: Best Red Wine, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, 2010 Cabernet Franc; Best Niagara, Lakewood Vineyards, 2012 Niagara; Best Catawba, Torrey Ridge Winery, Catawba; Best Cabernet Franc, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, 2010 Cabernet Franc; Best Vinifera Red Blend, Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars, 76 West; Best Cider; Earle Estates Winery & Meadery, Wort Hog. Complete results of the 2013 Classic will be posted before September 2013 under "Awards and Accolades" at www.newyorkwines.org

At the 2013 Indy International Wine Competition Lakewood Vineyards won a Concordance Gold (requiring unanimity of a panel) for their 2012 Riesling, as did Seneca Shore Wine Cellars for their Blueberry. Gold medals were awarded to Belhurst Estate Winery for their Carrie Rose, 2012 Semi-Dry Riesling, 2012 Dry Riesling and 2010 Manitou (red blend); Lakewood Vineyards for their 2012 Valvin Muscat; Penguin Bay Winery for their Maroon Four; Torrey Ridge Winery for their Blue Sapphire; Wagner Vineyards for their 2012 Estate Bottled Riesling Ice Wine.

At the 2013 Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition Belhurst Estate Winery won a "Best of Category" award for their 2012 Semi-Dry Riesling and a Gold medals for their 2012 Dry Riesling and 2012 Dry Rosé. Also winning Gold medals at this competition was Chateau LaFayette Reneau for their 2011 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay and 2012 Semi-Dry Riesling.

At the 2013 San Francisco International Wine Competition Double Golds went to Belhurst Estate Winery 2012 Dry Riesling; and Wagner Vineyards 2011 Riesling Ice Wine. Gold medals were awarded to Belhurst 2012 Pinot Grigio; and Wagner Vineyards 2011 Select Riesling.

The 2013 Long Beach Grand Cru event, run by California wine writer Dan Berger resulted in Double Gold medals to Belhurst 2012 Pinot Grigio; Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2012 Late Harvest Riesling and 2011 Dry Riesling; Hazlitt 2011 Dry Riesling; and Wagner Vineyards 2012 Ice Vidal Blanc.

At the 2013 Critics Challenge wine competition a Gold Medal was awarded to Wagner Vineyards for their 2011 Dry Riesling.

Meanwhile, in a summer 2013 issue of Wine & Spirits magazine Lamoreaux Landing Finger Lakes Block 137 Merlot was awarded a 91 rating, with 90 each to Lamoreaux Landing 2010 Finger Lakes T23 Unoaked Cabernet Franc, and Fulkerson 2012 Finger Lakes Riesling Iced Wine.

Wine & Spirits June 2013 issue features the "Year's Best Riesling" list, including 93 ratings for Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2010 Finger Lakes Homestead Reserve Riesling; Lamoreaux Landing 2011 Finger Lakes Dry Riesling (Best Buy); and Red Newt 2011 Finger Lakes Lahoma Vineyards Riesling. Lamoreaux Landing also received a 92 ratings for their 2011 Finger Lakes Red Oak Vineyard Risling. While Anthony Road 2011 Finger Lakes Dry Riesling (Best Buy); Lamoreaux Landing 2011 Finger Lakes Semi-Dry Riesling (Best Buy); and Red Newt 2011 Finger Lakes Sawmill Creek Vineyards Riesling received scores of 91. Wines scored at 90 were Fox Run 2011 Seneca Lake Reserve Riesling; Tierce 2010 Finger Lakes Dry Riesling; and Wagner Vineyards 2011 Finger Lakes Semi-Dry Riesling (Best Buy).

Ravines Wine Cellars' 2011 Dry Riesling was listed as one of six "go-to summer wines" in an article on Riesling ("Summer's Best Anytime Wine") in a summer 2013 issue of Men's Journal.

At the 2013 Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition gold medals went to Belhurst Estate Winery Semi-Dry Riesling Seneca Lake (94) and 2012 Dry Riesling (93); Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2012 Semi-Dry Riesing (94) and 2012 Dry Riesling (93); and Wagner Vineyards 2011 Semi-Dry Riesling (94).

Wine & Spirits Magazine's June 2013 edition features the Top 100 Values, and Finger Lakes wines are well represented. The "Value Brands of the Year" include wineries which can be counted on to always deliver good value (quality for price), and is based on the magazine's review of over 12,000 wines tasted during the past year. Seneca Lakes brands and their representative wines cited include Anthony Road 2010 Pinot Gris (90, $13) and 2011 Cabernet Franc Rose (89, $13); Glenora 2010 Riesling (91, $16) and 2011 Pinot Noir Rose (89, $14); and Lamoreaux Landing 2011 Dry Riesling (93, $14) and 2011 Semi-Dry Riesling (91, $14). A separate listing of the Top 100 Values (individual wines) included Anthony Road 2010 Pinot Gris (90, $13) and 2011 Cabernet Franc Rose (89, $13); Lamoreaux Landing 2010 Unoaked Chardonnay (89, $13) and 2011 Dry Riesling (93, $14); and Glenora 2011 Chardonnay (88, $13).

At the 2013 Riverside International Wine Competition, Wagner Vineyards were awarded one of only four International Riesling Foundation trophies for their 2011 Semi-Dry Riesling. The Best of Class awards included Belhurst Estate Winery 2012 Semi-Dry Riesling and Naturel sparkling wine; Earle Estates Raspberry Reflections; Torrey Ridge Niagara and Catawba; and Villa Bellangelo 2012 Moscato. Additional Chairman's Awards (equal to Double Gold) were awarded to Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2011 Dry Riesling and 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon; and Glenora 2011 Riesling Select Harvest. Gold medals went to Anthony Road 2012 Pinot Grigio; Belhurst 2012 Dry Riesling; Fox Run 2010 Dry Riesling, Lake Dana Vineyard; and Ventosa 2011 Riesling, New Vineyard.

At the 2013 Tasters Guild International Competition a Double Gold medal went to Torrey Ridge Winery for their Blue Sapphire. Gold medals were awarded to Belhurst 2012 Pinot Grigio and 2012 Riesling; Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2011 Chardonnay, 2012 Riesling, and 2010 Cabernet Franc; Glenora 2003 Brut and 2012 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine; Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010 Cabernet Franc, and Red Cat; Lakewood 2012 Valvin Muscat; Torrey Ridge Catawba, Lucky, and Niagara; Ventosa 2011 Tocai Friulano; Wagner 2011 Riesling Select, and 2011 Dry Riesling.

At the 2013 Pacific Rim International Wine Competition Torrey Ridge Winery's Catawba shared honors for Best Dessert Wine, with Gold/Best of Class honors going to Belhurst Estate Winery< natural; Torrey Ridge Winery, Blue Sapphire, Catawba Pink and Niagara. Gold Medals were also awarded to Belhurst, 2012 Dry Riesling; Chateau LaFayette Reneau, 2012 Riesling; Earle Estates, Respberry Reflection and Apple Enchantment; Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, 2010 Merlot, 2011 Pinot Gris, White Cat, 2011 Riesling and Schooner Red; Torrey Ridge Winery, Cous'n Emmy Lou.

At the 2013 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition Double Golds were awarded to Anthony Road, 2011 Dry Riesling; Fox Run Vineyards, 2011 Dry Riesling and 2011 Reserve Riesling; Glenora Wine Cellars, 2012 Vidal Ice Wine; Penguin Bay Winery, 2011 Riesling; Ravines Wine Cellars 2011 Chardonnay; Torrey Ridge, Niagara, and Wagner Vineyards, 2011 Riesling Select. Gold Medals were awarded to Anthony Road Wine Company, 2010 Riesling Art Series and 2012 Vignoles; Fulkerson Winery, 2011 Diamond; Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, Red Cat; JR Dill Winery, DeChaunac; Miles Wine Cellars, Ghost; Penguin Bay Winery, Tuxedo White; Ravines Wine Cellars, 2011 Late Harvest Vignoles; Red Newt Cellars, 2011 Riesling; Seneca Shore Wine Cellars, Riesling; Torrey Ridge Winery, Diamond; and Ventosa Vineyards, 2011 Riesling. The Finger Lakes International Wine Competion is North America's largest charitable wine competition, with proceeds benefiting Camp Good Days and Special Times for children with serious illnesses. http://www.fliwc.com

Wagner Vineyards 2011 Riesling Ice Wine was rated Best Dessert Wine at the 2013 San Diego International Wine Competition, with Fulkerson Winery capturing a Platinum medal for their 2012 William Vigne Juicy Sweet Riesling.

At the 2013 New World International Wine Competition held in southern California Double Golds went to Fulkerson Winery for their 2012 Moscato, and another for their 2012 Himrod, and Glenora Wine Cellars for their 2011 Signature White (which was also Best of Class, and Best of Varietal). Gold medals were awarded to Glenora Wine Cellars for their 2011 Dry Riesling and 2011 Select Harvest Riesling, and Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards for their White Cat.

At the 2013 International Eastern Wine Competition sponsored by Vineyard & Winery Management and held in Sonoma, CA Glenora Wine Cellars took a Double Gold for their 2011 Dry Riesling. Gold medal winners were Atwater Estate Vineyards 2011 Dry Riesling; Glenora 2011 Riesling Select Harvest (also Best of Class) and 2011 Dry Riesling; Penguin Bay Winery Percussion and 2011 Moscato; Villa Bellangelo 2011 Dry Riesling and Wagner Vineyards 2011 Riesling Select.

The 2013 Florida State Fair International Wine and Grape Juice Competition in Tampa awarded Penguin Bay a Best White Wine award for their Riesling, with Double Gold medals going to Earle Estates Winery & Meadery for their Blueberry Wine and Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards for their White Cat. Gold medals were also won by Anthony Road 2011 Dry Riesling; Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2011 Pinot Gris; and Lakewood Vineyards 2011 Abby Rose and 2010 Cabernet Franc.

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2013
Belhurst Estate Winery earned Double Golds for their Sparkling Isabella and 2011 Semi-Dry Riesling.Gold medals were awarded to: Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2010 Gewurztraminer and 2011 Dry Riesling; Penguin Bay 2011 Riesling; Three Brothers 2011 Estate Riesling; Ventosa 2011 Riesling; Villa Bellangelo 2011 Gewurztraminer and 2011 Dry Riesling.

Wine Spectator awarded Ravines 2009 Dry Riesling with a score of 90 in late 2012. And Fox Run Vineyards 2010 Dry Riesling scored a major coup as part of a huge centerfold photo in the Wine Spectator and a high ranking among the magazine's top 100 Outstanding Values of 2012, also scoring a 90. Meanwhile, in the December 2012 edition of Wine & Spirits, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2010 Finger Lakes Homestead Reserve Riesling received 93 points, and Belhurst Finger Lakes Naturel sparkling wine a 90.

At the Jefferson Cup Invitational Wine Competition Awards of Excellence (comparable to a gold) were given to Anthony Road 2010 Semi-Dry Riesling; Fox Run 2011 Riesling Reserve; Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards Bramble Berry, Cabin Fever, Red Cat, and 2010 Gewurztraminer;Lakewood 2011 Chardonnay; Lamoreaux Landing 2010 76 West, 2011 Gruner Veltliner, 2011 Dry Riesling, and 2011 Red Oak Vineyard Riesling.

At the American Wine Society competition in Oregon where New York wineries won 122 total medals, Double Gold medals went to Three Brothers for their 2011 Estate Reserve Gruner Veltliner, while a Gold medal went to Belhurst National Sparkling and Isabella Sparkling.

New York Gold was found in Sonoma, California at the recent Grand Harvest Awards in late 2012 where Penguin Bay picked up a Gold medal for their 2011 Riesling. And during the fall of 2012, Seneca Lake Wine Trail members received stellar scores at the Wine Cellars in the World Value Wine Challenge:
92--Glenora Wine Cellars 2011 Riesling
91--Glenora Wine Cellars 2011 Seyval Blanc, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2011 Pinot Gris and
90--Glenora Wine Cellars 2011 Gewurztraminer

2012 Atlantic Seaboard Competition: Gold/Best of Category winners: Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2010 Gewurztraminer, Belhurst Winery 2011 Semi-Dry Riesling, and Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2010 Pinot Noir Blanc. Additional Gold medals went to Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2010 Pinot Gris, and Fulkerson Winery 2010 Dry Riesling.

2012 Indy International Wine Competition, "Concordance Gold" (similar to Double Gold), went to: Belhurst Winery 2011 Pinot Grigio and 2011 Semi-Dry Riesling, Wagner Vineyards 2011 Riesling Ice Wine. Gold medals were awarded to Fox Run 2010 Reserve Chardonnay and 2011 Reserve Riesling; Lakewood Vineyards 2010 Lemberger and 2011 Dry Riesling; Seneca Shore Dry Riesling Old Vines; Torrey Ridge Diamond; Wagner Vineyards 2011 Semi-Dry Riesling and 2011 Vidal Blanc.

2012 Long Beach Grand Cru
Best of Class winners, which were in the final sweepstakes round, included Chateau LaFayette Reneau for their 2010 Estate Dry Riesling. Gold medals went to Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2010 Chardonnay Proprietor's Reserve, 2010 Semi-Dry Estate Riesling and 2011 Semi-Dry Estate Riesling; Hazlitt 2010 Riesling Homestead Reserve; Penguin Bay Tuxedo Red and 2011 Riesling; and Wagner Vineyards 2010 Riesling Estate Bottled.

2012 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Double Gold medal went to: Penguin Bay for their 2011 Riesling, Gold Medals were awarded to: Belhurst Winery, 2011 Riesling; Penguin Bay Winery, Tuxedo White; and Prejean Winery, 2010 Riesling. For a more complete list of awards from this competition, visit: http://www.sfwinecomp.com/subresults.html

From Jim Tresize, President of the NY Wine & Grape Foundation comes this exciting news: "Tierce Dry Riesling--the collaborative creation of three wineries--just keeps racking up accolades, most recently as one of only four Gold medal winners in the Riesling category of the International Wine & Spirits Competition (there were also two from Germany and the Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen Eroica from our friends in Washington). Made by winemakers from Anthony Road, Fox Run, and Red Newt, the 2009 Tierce follows in the footsteps of the 2008, which Riesling aficianado and wine writer Dan Berger wrote 'may be the best Dry Riesling ever made in America.'"

Wine & Spirits magazine (August, 2012) named several of the "Year's Best Rieslings" based on blind-tastings of 145 U.S. Rieslings, and the Finger Lakes dominated with 11 (WA-8, OR-4, CA-2, ID-1), including two "Best Buys" from amidst our membership:Glenora 2010 Finger Lakes Riesling (91, $16) and Atwater Estate Finger Lakes Bubble Riesling (89, $16).

2012 New York State Fair Wine Competition resulted in Wagner Vineyards 2011 Riesling Ice winning Best of Show honors; Belhurst Estate Winery 2011 Semi-Dry Riesling was awarded Best White and Earle Estate Meadery Apple Wine. Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards won a Double Gold for their 2012 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine. Gold Medals were awarded to the following wineries: Anthony Road Wine Company, 2010 Cabernet Franc/Lemberger; Atwater Estate Vineyards, 2011 Celsius; Fulkerson Winery, 2012 Dornfelder; Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, NV Port-Cab Franc; Hickory Hollow Wine Cellars for both their 20120 Semi Dry Riesling and their Liquid Wisdom; Lakewood Vineyards, 2011 Vignoles; Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars, 2011 Red Oak Vineyard Riesling; Penguin Bay Winery, Tuxedo Red; Ventosa Vineyards, 2009 Cabernet Franc. The full results are available at http://www.nysfair.org/uploads/files/results/2012_Commercial-Wine-results.pdf 

2012 Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition awarded Gold Medals to the following wineries: Chateau LaFayette Reneau, 2010 Finger Lakes Estate Semi-Dry Riesling (95); Penguin Bay 2011 Riesling (94) and Tuxedo Red (92); and Wagner Vineyards 2010 Estate Dry Riesling (93). Full results here: http://www.fairplex.com/wos/wine_competition/AwardsCelebration/winners.asp

2012 Critics Challenge Competition awarded a Platinum Medal to Fox Run Vineyards, 2008 Cabernet Franc/Lemberger; and Wagner Vineyards 2011 Riesling Select and 2010 Semi-Dry Riesling. A Gold Medal went to Fox Run Vineyards for their 2010 Riesling. 

2012  International Wine & Spirits Competition, Fox Run 2009 Tierce Dry Riesling won a Gold medal. The 2009 Tierce, which is actually a winemaker collaboration among Anthony Road Winery, Fox Run Vineyards, and Red Newt Cellars, was also the Wine Spectator Daily Pick on May 23, 2012 with a rating of 90.

Wine & Spirits Magazine's "100 Top Values of the Year" edition (June 2012) featured Red Newt Cellars among the top value producers in a "Cycling the Finger Lakes" section; and Red Newt 2009 Finger Lakes Circle Label Riesling ($12, 93 points) was among the top 100 value wines.

2012 Riverside International Wine Competition
Chairman's Award winners were Fox Run Vineyards 2009 Tierce Dry Riesling (in collaboration with Anthony Road Winery and Red Newt Cellars), Hazlitt 1952 Vineyards 2010 Dry Riesling, Homestead Reserve. Gold medals were awarded to Chateau LaFayette Reneau, Seyval-Chardonnay; Fox Run Vineyards, 2010 Riesling; Glenora Wine Cellars, 2010 Late Harvest Riesling and 2003 Brut; Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards Vidal Blanc Ice Wine; Lakewood Vineyards 2010 Riesling; and Wagner Vineyards 2009 Estate Bottled Dry Riesling.

2012 Tasters Guild International Wine Competition
Lakewood Vineyards took a Double Gold Medal for their 2010 Long Stem White. Gold Medal winners included Chateau LaFayette Reneau, 2010 Finger Lakes Late Harvest Riesling and 2009 Finger Lakes Cabernet Sauvignon; Glenora Wine Cellars, 2003 Brut; Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards Red Cat, Branble Berry and 2008 Merlot; Lakewood Vineyards 2010 Vignoles and 2010 Abby Rose; and Wagner Vineyards 2007 Meritage.

2012 U.S. National Wine Competition, Best of Class winners included Penguin Bay Winery, 2011 Riesling; Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, White Stag.

2012 Pacific Rim Competition, Gold Medal winners included Belhurst Estate Winery 2011 Dry Riesling and 2010 Merlot; Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2010 Dry Riesling and 2010 Off-Dry Riesling; Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards Catawba and White Stag; and Torrey Ridge Winery Cayuga White and Diamond.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the pond in Strasbourg, France, Anthony Road Wine Company's 2009 Finger Lakes Riesling Martini-Reinhardt Selection was the only American wine to win a  Gold medal at the prestigious 2012 Riesling du Monde competition.

2012 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
Double Gold medals went to: Fulkerson Winery, 2011 Matinee; Lakewood Vineyards, 2009 Lemberger; and Seneca Shores Wine Cellars Cabernet Franc.  Gold medals were awarded to: Anthony Road Wine Company 2011 Riesling; Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2009 Semi-Dry Riesling, 201 Dry Riesling, and 2010 Late Harvest Riesling; Fox Run Vineyards 2009 Tierce Dry Riesling; Glenora Wine Cellars 2009 Riesling Iced; Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2010 Semi-Dry Riesling; Lakewood 2010 Riesling and 2009 Candeo; and Red Newt Cellars 2011 Riesling. For more information on all the winners and more, visit www.fliwc.com.

2012 Florida State Fair International Wine & Grape Juice Competition
Double Gold medals went to: Glenora 2010 Finger Lakes Late Harvest Riesling and 2003 Finger Lakes Brut Methode Champenoise; Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2010 Finger Lakes Homestead Reserve Riesling and 2010 Finger Lakes Chardonnay; Lakewood 2010 Finger Lakes Chardonnay; and Wagner Vineyards Finger Lakes Sparkling Riesling
Gold medals were awarded to: Anthony Road 2010 Finger Lakes Gewurztraminer; Fulkerson 2010 Finger Lakes Vidal Blanc Iced Wine; Hazlitt 2010 Finger Lakes Vidal Ice Wine; Lakewood 2010 Finger Lakes Rielsing, 2010 Finger Lakes Dry Riesling, and 2010 Finger Lakes Borealis; and Torrey Ridge for their Finger Lakes Niagara and Finger Lakes Diamond.
For a more complete listing of their awards, visit their website: http://www.fgga.org/floridastatefair.html

Recently a popular wine blog, the New York Cork Report, released their annual 2011 "Wines of the Year" list with member winery Atwater Estate Vineyards winning the best Finger Lakes Dessert Wine with their 2010 Celsius Ice Wine. For a complete listing of their selections, visit the full New York Cork Report article by clicking here.

2011 Denver International Wine Competition
Gold medals went to Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards for their 2010 Riesling and 2010 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine

2011 Tasters Guild Wine Lovers' Consumer Wine Judging
At the Tasters Guild Wine Lovers' Consumer Wine Judging, Chateau Lafayette Reneau got Double Gold for its 2010 Semi-Dry Riesling, and Gold medals went to Belhurst Estate Winery 2010 Dry Riesling, Carrie Blush and 2009 Merlot; Chateau Lafayette Reneau 2010 Late Harvest Riesling; Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards White Stag; Wagner Vineyards 2007 Meritage, 2008 Vidal Ice Wine, 2008 Cabernet Franc, and Sparkling Riesling.

2011 New York Wine & Food Classic
Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars was named "Winery of the Year" for consistent quality at the 2011 New York Wine & Food Classic held his week at the superb Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel.  This year's Classic included 741 entries from 105 New York wineries evaluated blind by 21 judges from around the United States and world.  In addition, Earle Estates Meadery was awarded "Specialty Wine Champion" with its Best Honey Mead and Best Fruit Wine medals; "Best Limited Production Wine" (made in fewer than 100 cases) went to Fox Run Vineyards Fine Old Tawny Port. Best of Class awards go to Double Gold or Gold medal wines in classes of at least 7 wines. The "Best of Class" awards went to:
Best Chardonnay-   Lamoreaux Landing WIne Cellars 2008 Estate Bottled Chardonnay
Best Overall Chardonnay- Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars 2008 Estate Bottled Chardonnay
Best Dry Riesling- Anthony Road Wine Company 2008 Tierce Riesling, with Fox Run Vineyards & Red Newt Cellars
Best Sweet Riesling- Atwater Vineyards 2009 Sweet Riesling
Best Hybrid White Blend- Atwater Estate Vineyards Stone Bridge White
Best Cabernet Sauvignon-   Ventosa Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Best Cabernet Franc-  Ventosda Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Franc
Best Lemberger -  Fulkerson Winery 2009 Lemberger
Best Honey Mead- Earle Estates Meadery Raspberry Reflection
Best Fruit- Earle Estates Meadery Apple Enchantment
Best Late Harvest Wine-  Anthony Road WIne Company 2008 Riesling Trockenbeeren, Martini Reinhardt Selection     
Double Gold medals were awarded to Anthony Road Wine Company 2008 Tierce Riesling and 2008 Riesling Trockenbeeren Martini Reinhardt Selection; Atwater Estate Vineyards 2009 Sweet Riesling, Sweet Chancellor and Stone Bridge White; Belhurst Estate Winery 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Traditions and Naturel Sparkling; Earle Estates Meadery Apple Enchantment, Raspberry Reflections and Creamy Apricot; Fox Run Vineyards Fine Old Tawny Port; Fulkerson Winery 2010 William Vigne Juicy Sweet and 2010 Vidal Blanc Iced Wine; Glenora Wine Cellars 2010 Gewürztraminer and 2010 Vidal Blanc Iced ; Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars 2010 Dry Riesling Estate Bottled and 2008 Chardonnay Estate Bottled; Penguin Bay Winery 2010 Riesling; Torrey Ridge Winery Niagara; and Ventosa Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Franc. Gold medals were awarded to Anthony Road Wine Company 2010 Gewürztraminer; Chateau Lafayette Reneau 2010 Dry Riesling Estate; Fox Run Vineyards Ruby Port; Fruit Yard Winery 2010 Peach; Fulkerson Winery 2009 Lemberger; Glenora Wine Cellars 2010 Late Harvest Riesling, 2010 Pinot Blanc and 2009 Cabernet Franc; Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards Pinot Gris; Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars Riesling Red Oak Vineyards Estate Bottled, 2010 Semi-Dry Riesling Estate Bottled, 2008 Merlot Estate Bottled, 2009 Riesling Ice Estate Bottled; Penguin Bay Winery Tuxedo White; Red Newt Cellars 2008 Gewürztraminer Curry Creek Vineyards; Rock Stream Vineyards Grappa; Torrey Ridge Winery Catawba; Ventosa Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon; Wagner Vineyards 2008 Chardonnay Reserve Estate Bottled and 2008 Vidal Blanc Ice Estate Bottled; White Springs Winery 2010 Riesling 101; Zugibe Vineyards 2009 Pinot Gris and 2009 Riesling.

2011 Indy International Wine Competition
The competition included nearly 2500 wines from many states and countries, and more than 50 judges. Concordance Gold awards, similar to Double Gold in some other competitions and requiring unanimity of judges, went to Belhurst Estate Winery 2010 Semi-Dry Riesling and 2008 Syrah; Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards Vidal Blanc Ice Wine; Seneca Shores Pinot Grigio, DeMarco Vineyards; and Wagner Vineyards 2007 Meritage. Gold medals were awarded to Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2009 Estate Chardonnay Proprietor's Reserve, 2010 Estate Semi-Dry Riesling, and 2009 Estate Semi-Dry Riesling; Fulkerson Winery 2010 Riesling; Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2010 Chardonnay, 2010 Homestead Reserve Riesling, and 2010 Sauvignon Blanc; Lakewood Vineyards 2010 Vignoles;  Seneca Shore Winery Native Port; Torrey Ridge Winery Catawba, Diamond, and Summer Delight; and Ventosa 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon.

Vintage Experiences
"The 2008 Tierce may be the best dry Riesling ever made in the U.S.", wrote Dan Berger in the August 2011 edition of Vintage Experiences (www.vintageexperiences.com).  That's a major statement from one of the country's foremost Riesling experts, and his article explains his reasoning: "We've had this wine eight times since it was released, and its get better every time...it is in a class by itself...if this Tierce had been judged by those who really understand Riesling and this ultra-dry category, it would have scored 100."  Tierce is a collaborative effort among superb winemakers Johannes Reinhardt of Anthony Road Winery, Peter Bell of Fox Run Vineyards, and Dave Whiting of Red Newt Cellars.  The 2008 version is nearly sold out, but fortunately the 2009 should be available soon.

2011 Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition
There were 564 entries from 118 wineries in 17 states evaluated by 19 judges. There were several Gold and Best of Category winners including Fulkerson Winery 2009 Traminette, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Franc and 2009 Gewurztraminer.Additional Gold medals went to Belhurst Estate Winery 2010 Semi-Dry Riesling, and Lakewood Vineyards 2009 Chardonnay.

Wine & Spirits Magazine
"Year's Best Finger Lakes" is a feature August 2011 edition of Wine & Spirits magazine, with 25 wines, mostly Rieslings, rated exceptional (90+) and 10 as Best Buys.  The ratings were based on tastings of 97 wines by Patrick Comiskey.
Red Newt 2009 Finger Lakes Circle Label Riesling (93, and Best Buy), 2009 Finger Lakes Davis Farms Vineyards Riesling (93), 2009 Finger Lakes Semi-Dry Riesling (92, and Best Buy), and 2009 Finger Lakes Sawmill Creek Vineyard Riesling (91); Lamoreaux Landing 2009 Finger Lakes Dry Riesling (92, and Best Buy), 2009 Finger Lakes Red Oak Vineyard Riesling (92), 2009 Finger Lakes Round Rock Vineyard Riesling (92), 2009 Finger Lakes Reserve Riesling (91), and 2009 Finger Lakes Red Oak Vineyard Riesling (90); Tierce 2008 Finger Lakes Dry Riesling (92); Anthony Road 2009 Finger Lakes Semi-Dry Riesling (91, and Best Buy); Fox Run 2009 Finger Lakes Riesling (90, and Best Buy).
The exceptional red wines were Lamoreaux Landing 2007 Finger Lakes 76 West (92), and Red Newt 2008 Finger Lakes Glacier Ridge Vineyards Cabernet Franc (90).

2011 San Francisco International Wine Competition
With more than 4,000 entries from around the world,  Gold medals went to Fulkerson Winery 2009 Riesling-Traminette and 2008 Cabernet Franc Ice Wine; Hazlitt 2008 Cabernet Franc; and Penguin Bay Percussion.


2011 New York State Fair Commercial Wine Competition
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards took a Best of Category award (Fruit) with their Brambleberry with additional Double Gold medals going to Chateau LaFayette Reneau Seyval Chardonnay; and Glenora 2010 Vidal Iced. Gold medals were awarded to Glenora 2010 Dry Riesling; Hazlitt White Stag, 2009 Gewurztraminer, and 2010 Sauvignon Blanc; Ventosa 2009 Ventosa Vineyards Tocaice, 2010 Ventosa Vineyards Riesling and 2008 Ventosa Vineyards Pinot Noir; and Wagner 2008 Semi-Dry Riesling and 2008 Vidal Ice

2011 International Eastern Wine Competition
This competition, sponsored by Vineyard & Winery Management Magazine and run by veteran wine writer and judge Linda Murphy, has been held on the east coast since its creation decades ago. New York wines made a strong showing with several Best of Class awards, other Double Golds and Golds, and many Silver and Bronze awards.  The Double Gold/Best of Class winneres included Glenora Wine Cellars 2010 Finger Lakes Pinot Blanc; Hazlitt White Stag; and Hickory Hollow Liquid Wisdom. Other Gold medals went to Glenora Wine Cellars 2010 Gewurtztraminer; and Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards Semi-Dry Riesling.

2011 Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits
Gold & Best of Class honors went to Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2010 Estate Riesling (94), Fulkerson Winery 2009 Riesling-Traminette (94). Additional Gold medals went to Belhurst Estate Winery for their 2010 Semi-Dry Riesling (94) and 2010 Dry Riesling (93). At the Critics Challenge competition, Gold medals went to Hazlitt 1852 Merlot and Wagner Vineyards 2008 Semi-Dry Riesling.

2011 Great Lakes Wine Competition
Gold medals went to Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Franc, 2010 Semi-Dry Riesling, and White Stag; Lakewood Vineyards 2009 Dry Riesling and 2009 Long Stem White; and Wagner Vineyards 2008 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine.

2011 International Wine & Spirits Competition
Belhurst Estate Winery 2009 Dry Riesling won a Silver (Best in Class).

2011 Tasters Guild International Wine Competition
Gold medals went to Atwater Estate Vineyards 2009 Pinot Gris; Belhurst Estate Winery Sparkling Isabella and 2010 Semi-Dry Riesling; Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2009 Pinot Noir Blanc, Seyval-Chardonnay, 2009 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, 2009 Semi-Dry Riesling, and 2007 Pinot Noir; Glenora Wine Cellars 2010 Gewurztraminer and 2010 Pinot Blanc; Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards Bramble Berry, White Stag, 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, 2010 Riesling, and 2010 Pinot Gris; Lakewood Vineyards 2009 Candeo (sparkling wine) and 2009 Vignoles; Torrey Ridge Winery Niagara and Blue Sapphire; Ventosa Vineyards 2008 Pinot Noir; and Wagner Vineyards 2009 Riesling Select.
At the 2011 Ultimate Wine Challenge in New York City, which rates by points rather than medals, three Finger Lakes Rieslings got "Great Value" accolades as well as scores above 90: Wagner Vineyards 2008 Semi-Dry Riesling (93) and 2009 Riesling Select (91); and Fox Run Vineyards 2009 Riesling (91).

2011 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
The FLIWC's numbers are impressive: 3279 entries from 788 wineries representing all 50 states, 6 Canadian provinces, and 19 countries, with 60 judges from 15 countries. 110 New York wineries entered, the largest number of any competition in the country. Leading the New York Gold Rush was Zugibe Vineyards 2009 Late Harvest Riesling, which took the John Rose Trophy for Best Riesling in the competition. Double Gold medals also went to Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2010 Late Harvest Riesling;  Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2009 Gewurztraminer; Red Newt 2009 Riesling; Wagner Vineyards 2008 Riesling; and White Springs Winery 2009 Riesling. Gold medals went to Belhurst Winery 2009 Dry Riesling; Fox Run Vineyards 2008 Tierce; Glenora Wine Cellars 2009 Riesling Iced; Lakewood Vineyards 2009 Vignoles and 2009 Riesling; Miles Wine Cellars 2008 Lemberger; Red Newt 2009 "Circle" Label Riesling; and Torrey Ridge Catawba.

2011 New World International Wine Competition
Belhurst Estate Winery 2009 Dry Riesling took "Best New World" in their category where they also got Platinum, Best of Class and Best of Varietal designations on their way to the top. Best of Class honors with Gold medals went to Belhurst Estate Winery 2009 Gewurztraminer and Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2009 Pinot Noir. Additional Gold medals were awarded to Belhurst Estate Winery 2009 Pinot Grigio; and Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2009 Sauvignon Blanc.

2011 Grand Harvest Awards
Gold medals were awarded to Anthony Road Wine Company 2008 Tierce Riesling (a collaborative wine made by the wine makers from that winery along with Fox Run Vineyards and Red Newt Cellars); Belhurst Estate Winery 2009 Dry Riesling and 2009 Semi-Dry Riesling; and Ventosa Vineyards 2009 Riesling.

2011 Florida State Fair International Wine Competition
Lakewood Vineyards received Double Golds for its 2009 Riesling, 2009 Dry Riesling, and 2009 Vignoles, along with a Gold for its 2009 Chardonnay, one Silver and three Bronze medals. A Double Gold medal was awarded to Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards for their White Stag. Gold medals went to Anthony Road Wine Company 2008 Vignoles Trockenbeeren Martini Reinhardt Selection; Belhurst Estate Winery Isabella Sparkling; Glenora Wine Cellars 2009 Barrel Fermented Pinot Blanc and Cayuga White; Hazlitt 1852 Brambleberry; and Torrey Ridge Winery Scarlet Red, Cousin Emmy Lou, and Niagara.

New York gold flowed from the 2010 Wine Lovers of Tasters Guild Consumers Wine Judging in Washington, DC, a unique competition in that all the judges are non-professional wine consumers, similar to the Golden Nose Award competition hosted by the New York Wine and Culinary Center. A Double Gold medal went to Chateau LaFayette Reneau for their 2009 Semi-Dry Riesling, while Gold medals were awarded to Belhurst 2009 Dry Riesling, 2008 Cabernet Franc, 2009 Semi-Dry Riesling and Carrie Blush; Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2009 Dry Riesling; Glenora 2008 Merlot; Knapp 2009 Semi-Dry Riesling; Lakewood 2009 Long Stem White and 2009 Niagara; and Wagner 2009 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine.

The 2010 New York Wine & Food Classic, held at the superb Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, featured Torrey Ridge Winery Scarlet Red (Best Specialty Wine), and Finger Lakes Distilling Seneca Drums Gin (Best Spirit) taking home top awards. Belhurst Winery's 2009 Riesling took the 'Best of Show/Wine of the Year' honors over 2,600 other wines from around the world at this week's 2010 Indy International Wine Competition held at Purdue University. Concordance honors (comparable to a Double Gold) were also awarded to Torrey Ridge Daisy-Moo (French-American Blend); Hazlitt 2008 Vidal Ice Wine; Belhurst 2009 Gewuztraminer; Belhurst 2009 Dry Riesling, and Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2009 Dry Riesling. Gold Medals also were awarded to Seneca Lake Wineries as follows:Lakewood Vineyards 2009 Catawba, 2009 Niagara, and 2009 Vignoles; Penguin Bay Percussion; Hazlitt 2009 Pinot Gris and Merritt Estate Pinot Gris; Chateau Lafayette Reneau 2009 Dry Riesling, Hazlitt 2009 Riesling, Earle Estates Pear Mead; and Belhurst 2006 Tower Port.

Torrey Ridge Diamond took a Best of Show honor at the 2010 Big E Northeast wine competition

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