Winery Awards

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 Sam Filler 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 if any 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 winnowing down the list of wineries you might 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. For a more extensive, searchable list of all NYS winery award winners, visit this page: https://www.newyorkwines.org/awards

Competition: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition – 2017

Anthony Road Wine Company
Award: Double Gold
Wine: Riesling – Bone Dry RS
Vintage: 2015

Villa Bellangelo
Award: Gold
Wine: Riesling – Bone Dry RS
Vintage: 2015

Villa Bellangelo
Award: Double Gold
Wine: Riesling – Sweet RS > 2.00
Vintage: 2015

Atwater Estate Vineyards
Award: Best of Class
Wine: Riesling – Sweet RS > 2.00
Vintage: 2014

Penguin Bay Winery
Award: Double Gold
Wine: Riesling – Sweet RS > 2.00
Vintage: 2015

Penguin Bay Winery
Award: Double Gold
Wine: Percussion (White Blends)
Vintage: NV

Wagner Vineyards
Award: Double Gold
Wine: Riesling – Bone Dry RS <.99
Vintage: 2015

Wagner Vineyards
Award: Gold
Wine: Riesling – Sweet RS > 2.00
Vintage: 2013

Competition: Berlin International Wine Competition – 2017

Lakewood Vineyards
Award: Gold
Wine: Dry Riesling
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2015
Lakewood was also acknowledged as the “New York Riesling Winery of the Year” at this event.

Competition: Big E Northeast Gold Wine Competition – 2017

Atwater Estate Vineyards
Award: Best Grape Wine
Wine: Celsius
Type of Wine: Dessert Wines
Vintage: 2013

Atwater Estate Vineyards
Wine: Celsius
Award: Best New York Wine
Type of Wine: Dessert Wines
Vintage: 2013

Atwater Estate Vineyards
Wine: Celsius
Award: Best New York Grown
Type of Wine: Dessert Wines
Vintage: 2013

Atwater Estate Vineyards
Wine: Pinot Gris
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Pinot Gris
Vintage: 2015

Atwater Estate Vineyards
Wine: Celsius
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Dessert Wines
Vintage: 2013

Competition: Critics Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition – 2017

Fulkerson Winery
Wine: Gruner Veltliner, Estate
Award: Gold (92)
Type of Wine: Other White
Vintage: 2016

Wagner Vineyards
Wine: Riesling, Caywood East Vineyards
Award: Gold (92)
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2014

Wagner Vineyards
Wine: Riesling, Semi-Dry
Award: Gold (91)
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2015

Competition: Dan Berger’s International Wine Competition – 2017

Chateau LaFayette Reneau
Wine: Pinot Noir Rosé
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Rosé
Vintage: 2016

Chateau LaFayette Reneau
Wine: Dry Riesling
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2015

Fox Run Vineyards
Wine: Dry Riesling
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2014

Fox Run Vineyards
Wine: Lemberger
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Other Red
Vintage: 2015

Fox Run Vineyards
Wine: Semi-Dry Riesling
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2015

Fulkerson Winery
Wine: Syrah
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Syrah
Vintage: 2016

Glenora Wine Cellars
Wine: Riesling Select Harvest
Award: Best Sweet Riesling
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2016

Glenora Wine Cellars
Wine: Dry Riesling
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2016

Glenora Wine Cellars
Wine: Catawba Bubbly
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Sparkling
Vintage: NV

Penguin Bay Winery
Wine: Dry Riesling
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2016

Wagner Vineyards
Wine: Semi-Dry Riesling, Estate Grown
Award: Best Medium Sweet Riesling
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2015

Competition: East Meets West Wine Challenge – 2017

Chateau LaFayette Reneau
Wine: Cabernet Sauvignon, Owner’s Reserve
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage: 2013

Glenora Wine Cellars
Wine: Vidal Iced Wine
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Dessert
Vintage: 2015

Glenora Wine Cellars
Wine: Chardonnay, Barrel Fermented
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Chardonnay
Vintage: 2015

Glenora Wine Cellars
Wine: Pinot Blanc
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Pinot Blanc
Vintage: 2015

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
Wine: Vidal Blanc Natural Ice Wine
Award: Best of Show
Type of Wine: Dessert
Vintage: 2014

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
Wine: Vidal Blanc Natural Ice Wine
Award: Best Late Harvest/Dessert
Type of Wine: Dessert
Vintage: 2014

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
Wine: Vidal Blanc Natural Ice Wine
Award: Best of Class
Type of Wine: Dessert
Vintage: 2014

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
Wine: Vidal Blanc Natural Ice Wine
Award: Double Gold
Type of Wine: Dessert
Vintage: 2014

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
Wine: Homestead Riesling
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2014

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
Wine: Sauvignon Blanc
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Sauvignon Blanc
Vintage: 2014

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
Wine: Light Port
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Dessert
Vintage: NV

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
Wine: White Cat
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: White Blends
Vintage: NV

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
Wine: Schooner White International Blend
Award: Best of Class
Type of Wine: White Blends
Vintage: NV

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
Wine: Schooner White International Blend
Award: Double Gold
Type of Wine: White Blends
Vintage: NV

Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars
Wine: Round Rock Vineyard Riesling, Estate
Award: Best of Class
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2015

Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars
Wine: Round Rock Vineyard Riesling, Estate
Award: Double Gold
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2015

Penguin Bay Winery
Wine: Dry Riesling
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2015

Penguin Bay Winery
Wine: Cabernet Franc, Reserve
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Cabernet Franc
Vintage: 2012

Penguin Bay Winery
Wine: Riesling
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2015

Torrey Ridge Winery
Wine: Baco Noir
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Red
Vintage: 2015

Wagner Vineyards
Wine: Riesling Ice Wine, Estate
Award: Best of Class
Type of Wine: Dessert
Vintage: 2014

Wagner Vineyards
Wine: Riesling Ice Wine, Estate
Award: Double Gold
Type of Wine: Dessert
Vintage: 2014

Wagner Vineyards
Wine: Semi Dry Riesling, Estate
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2015

Competition: Finger Lakes International Wine Competition – 2017

Anthony Road Wine Company
Wine: Riesling Dry
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2015

Atwater Estate Vineyards
Wine: Celsius
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Dessert Wines
Vintage: 2013

Chateau LaFayette Reneau
Wine: Chardonnay, Barrel Fermented
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Chardonnay
Vintage: 2015

Chateau LaFayette Reneau
Wine: Late Harvest Riesling
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Dessert Wines
Vintage: 2015

Glenora Wine Cellars
Wine: Vidal Blanc Iced Wine
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Dessert Wines
Vintage: 2015

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
Wine: Solera Sherry
Award: Double Gold
Type of Wine: Dessert Wines
Vintage: NV

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
Wine: White Cat
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Niagara
Vintage: NV

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
Wine: Merlot
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Merlot
Vintage: 2013

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
Wine: Cabernet Franc
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Cabernet Franc
Vintage: 2013

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
Wine: White Cat Sangria
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Other White
Vintage: NV

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
Wine: Vidal Blanc Ice Wine
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Dessert Wines
Vintage: 2014

Seneca Shore Wine Cellars
Wine: Riesling
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: NV

Ventosa Vineyards
Wine: Sangiovese
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Other Red
Vintage: 2012

Wagner Vineyards
Wine: Riesling
Award: Double Gold
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2015

Wagner Vineyards
Wine: Rosé of Cabernet Franc
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Rosé
Vintage: 2016

Wagner Vineyards
Wine: Riesling Ice
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Dessert Wines
Vintage: 2014

Competition: Florida State Fair International Wine Competition – 2017

Earle Estates Meadery
Wine: Strawberry Shadows
Award: Double Gold
Type of Wine: Fruit Wines
Vintage: NV

Lakewood Vineyards
Wine: Full Monty Riesling
Award: Double Gold
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2015

Lakewood Vineyards
Wine: Sparkling Catawba
Award: Double Gold
Type of Wine: Sparkling
Vintage: 2015

Lakewood Vineyards
Wine: Abby Rose
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Rosé
Vintage: 2016

Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars
Wine: Red Oak Vineyard Riesling
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2015

Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars
Wine: Gewürztraminer
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Gewürztraminer
Vintage: 2015

Torrey Ridge Winery
Wine: Emmy Lou
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Rosé
Vintage: NV

Competition: Great American International Wine Competition – 2017

Atwater Estate Vineyards
Wine: Dry Riesling East/West
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2014

Chateau LaFayette Reneau
Wine: Late Harvest Riesling
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2015

Glenora Wine Cellars
Wine: Vidal Blanc Iced Wine
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Dessert
Vintage: 2015

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
Wine: Vidal Blanc Ice Wine
Award: Best of Class
Type of Wine: Dessert
Vintage: 2014

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
Wine: Light Port
Award: Double Gold
Type of Wine: Dessert
Vintage: NV

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
Wine: Red Cat
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Blush
Vintage: NV

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
Wine: Gewürztraminer
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Gewürztraminer
Vintage: 2013

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
Wine: Cabin Fever
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Blush
Vintage: NV

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
Wine: Cider Tree
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Ciders
Vintage: NV

Wagner Vineyards
Wine: Riesling Semi Dry
Award: Best of Class
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2015

Wagner Vineyards
Wine: Wagner Vineyards Riesling Dry
Award: Double Gold
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2015

Competition: Indy International Wine Competition – 2017

Wagner Vineyards
Wine: Riesling Ice Wine, Estate
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Dessert Wines
Vintage: 2014

Lakewood Vineyards
Wine: Niagara
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Niagara
Vintage: 2016

Lakewood Vineyards
Wine: Chardonnay Oaked
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Chardonnay
Vintage: 2015

Wagner Vineyards
Wine: Semi-Dry Riesling
Award: Double Gold
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2016

Competition: Jerry Mead’s New World International Wine Competition – 2017

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
Wine: Sherry
Award: Best New World Dessert Wine
Type of Wine: Dessert
Vintage: NV

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
Wine: Sherry
Award: Best of Varietal
Type of Wine: Dessert
Vintage: NV

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
Wine: Sherry
Award: Best of Class
Type of Wine: Dessert
Vintage: NV

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
Wine: Sherry
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Dessert
Vintage: NV

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
Wine: Vidal Blanc Ice Wine
Award: Best of Class
Type of Wine: Dessert
Vintage: 2014

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
Wine: Vidal Blanc Ice Wine
Award: Best of Varietal
Type of Wine: Dessert
Vintage: 2014

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
Wine: Vidal Blanc Ice Wine
Award: Double Gold
Type of Wine: Dessert
Vintage: 2014

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
Wine: Merlot, Hazlitt Vineyards
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Merlot
Vintage: 2013

Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars
Wine: Cabernet Franc
Award: Best of Class
Type of Wine: Cabernet Franc
Vintage: 2013

Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars
Wine: Cabernet Franc
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Cabernet Franc
Vintage: 2013

Competition: Los Angeles International Wine Competition – 2017

Wagner Vineyards
Wine: Caywood East Vineyard Riesling
Award: Best of Class
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2014

Wagner Vineyards
Wine: Caywood East Vineyard Riesling
Award: Gold (97 points)
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2014

Wagner Vineyards
Wine: Semi-Dry Riesling
Award: Best of Class
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2015

Wagner Vineyards
Wine: Semi-Dry Riesling
Award: Gold (95 points)
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2015

Wagner Vineyards
Wine: Dry Riesling
Award: Gold (95 points)
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2015

Competition: Pacific Rim International Wine Competition – 2017

Fulkerson Winery
Wine: Syrah
Award: Best of Class
Type of Wine: Syrah
Vintage: 2016

Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars
Wine: Semi-Dry Gewürztraminer
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Gewürztraminer
Vintage: 2016

Penguin Bay Winery
Wine: Riesling
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2016

Wagner Vineyards
Wine: Riesling Semi Dry
Award: Best of Class
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2015

Wagner Vineyards
Wine: Riesling Select
Award: Best of Class
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2016

Wagner Vineyards
Wine: Riesling Caywood East Vineyard
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2014

Competition: Riesling Du Monde – 2017

Anthony Road Wine Company
Wine: Art Series Riesling
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2013

Competition: San Diego Wine Challenge – 2017

Wagner Vineyards
Wine: Riesling, Caywood East Vineyard
Award: Best of Show, White
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2014

Wagner Vineyards
Wine: Riesling, Caywood East Vineyard
Award: Best Dry Riesling
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2014

Wagner Vineyards
Wine: Riesling, Caywood East Vineyard
Award: Platinum (95 points)
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2014

Wagner Vineyards
Wine: Dry Riesling
Award: Gold (91 points)
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2015

 

Competition: Tasters Guild International – 2017

Belhurst Estate Winery
Wine: Chardonnay Oaked
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Chardonnay
Vintage: 2015

Belhurst Estate Winery
Wine: Naturel Sparkling
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Sparkling
Vintage: NV

Chateau LaFayette Reneau
Wine: Semi-Dry Riesling
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2015

Chateau LaFayette Reneau
Wine: Cabernet Sauvignon
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage: 2013

Glenora Wine Cellars
Wine: Bubbly Riesling
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Sparkling
Vintage: 2016

Glenora Wine Cellars
Wine: Select Harvest Riesling
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2016

Lakewood Vineyards
Wine: Abby Rose
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Red Blends
Vintage: 2016

Lakewood Vineyards
Wine: Long Stem White
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: White Blends
Vintage: 2016

Wagner Vineyards
Wine: Caywood East Vineyard Riesling
Award: Double Gold
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2014

Wagner Vineyards
Wine: Select Riesling
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2016

Wagner Vineyards
Wine: Semi-Dry Riesling
Award: Gold
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2015

Competition: Ultimate Wine Challenge – 2017

Wagner Vineyards
Wine: Ice Riesling
Award: 96 Points
Type of Wine: Dessert Wines
Vintage: 2014

Wagner Vineyards
Wine: Dry Riesling
Award: 95 Points
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2015

Wagner Vineyards
Wine: Dry Riesling
Award: Chairman’s Trophy
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2015

Wagner Vineyards
Wine: Dry Riesling
Award: Great Value
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2015

Wagner Vineyards
Wine: Caywood East Vineyard Riesling
Award: 93 Points
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2014

Wagner Vineyards
Wine: Caywood East Vineyard Riesling
Award: Finalist
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2014

Wagner Vineyards
Wine: Semi-Dry Riesling
Award: 92 Points
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2015

Wagner Vineyards
Wine: Semi-Dry Riesling
Award: Finalist
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2015

Wagner Vineyards
Wine: Semi-Dry Riesling
Award: Great Value
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2015

Zugibe Vineyards
Wine: Rosé of Cabernet Franc
Award: 94 Points
Type of Wine: Rosé
Vintage: 2016

Zugibe Vineyards
Wine: Rosé of Cabernet Franc
Award: Chairman’s Trophy
Type of Wine: Rosé
Vintage: 2016

Zugibe Vineyards
Wine: Rosé of Cabernet Franc
Award: Great Value
Type of Wine: Rosé
Vintage: 2016

Zugibe Vineyards
Wine: Pinot Noir
Award: 92 Points
Type of Wine: Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2012

Zugibe Vineyards
Wine: Pinot Noir
Award: Great Value
Type of Wine: Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2012

Zugibe Vineyards
Wine: Gewürztraminer
Award: 91 Points
Type of Wine: Gewürztraminer
Vintage: 2016

Publication:  Tastings.com

Glenora Wine Cellars
Wine: 2015 Dry Riesling
Rating: 92 Points, Best Buy

Atwater Estate Vineyards
Wine: 2015 Pinot Gris
Rating: 91 Points, Gold, Best Buy

Glenora Wine Cellars
Wine: 2015 Pinot Blanc
Rating: 91 Points, Best Buy

Atwater Estate Vineyards
2014 Fahrenheit
Rating: 91 Points

Lakewood Vineyards
Wine: 2015 Dry Riesling
Rating: 90 Points, Best Buy

Publication: Wine & Spirits – 2017

Atwater Estate Vineyards
Wine: Finger Lakes Dry East-West Block Riesling
Rating: 91 Points and Best Buy
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2014

Bellangelo
Wine: Finger Lakes Gibson Vineyards Riesling
Rating: 91 Points
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2015

Ravines Wine Cellars
Wine: Finger Lakes Dry White Springs Vineyard Riesling
Rating: 93 Points
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2015

Ravines Wine Cellars
Wine: Finger Lakes Chardonnay
Rating: 90 Points
Type of Wine: Chardonnay
Vintage: 2015

Ravines Wine Cellars
Wine: Finger Lakes Cabernet Franc
Rating: 91 Points and Best Buy
Type of Wine: Cabernet Franc
Vintage: 2015

Wagner Vineyards
Wine: Finger Lakes Ice Riesling
Rating: 90 Points and Best Buy
Type of Wine: Dessert Wines
Vintage: 2014

Publication: Wine Enthusiast – 2017

Fox Run Vineyards
Wine: Meritage
Rating: 90 Points
Type of Wine: Meritage
Vintage: 2012

Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars
Wine: T23 Estate Bottled Unoaked Cabernet Franc
Rating: 90 Points
Type of Wine: Cabernet Franc
Vintage: 2015

Standing Stone Vineyards
Wine: Gewürztraminer
Rating: 90 Points
Type of Wine: Gewürztraminer
Vintage: 2015

Three Brothers Wineries’ Stony Lonesome
Wine: Estate Reserve Dry Rose of Pinot Noir
Rating: 89 Points
Vintage: 2016

Three Brothers Wineries’ Stony Lonesome
Wine: 1st Degree Riesling
Rating: 87 points
Vintage: 2015

Three Brothers Wineries’ Stony Lonesome
Wine: 2nd Degree Riesling
Rating: 87 Points
Vintage: 2015

Three Brothers Wineries’ Stony Lonesome
Wine: 3rd Degree Riesling
Rating: 86 Points
Vintage: 2015

Publication: WineReviewOnline.com – 2017

Castel Grisch Winery
Wine: Riesling Ice Wine
Rating: 95 Points
Type of Wine: Dessert Wines
Vintage: 2013

Wagner Vineyards
Wine: Riesling Caywood East Vineyard
Rating: 95 Points
Type of Wine: Riesling
Vintage: 2014

Competition: World Wine Championships – 2017

Atwater Estate Vineyards
Wine: Pinot Gris
Aawrd: Gold (91 Points) and Best Buy
Type of Wine: Pinot Gris
Vintage: 2015

At the 2016 Grand Harvest Awards in California, Gold medals went to Belhurst for their Neptune and 2013 Manitou Meritage, and Wagner for their 2015 Dry Riesling.

The 2016 Jefferson Cup Awards is a unique and prestigious competition organized by our friend and colleague Doug Frost, who is one of few people in the world to be both a Master of Wine and Master Sommelier (and who judges at our New York Wine & Food Classic).  What makes it unique is that it’s an “invitation only” competition based on how wineries have fared in various other competitions around the country.  And it’s a tough one, so the awards mean a lot, starting with the top award category called  a “Jefferson Cup Award”–in honor of Thomas Jefferson, of course. Our member wineries showed very well in the 2017 event, starting with three Jefferson Cup Awards for Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2015 Semi-Dry Riesling; Fox Run 2014 Riesling Lot 11 Lake Dana Vineyard, Seneca Lake; and Fox Run 2014 Riesling Lot 11 Hanging Delta Vineyard, Seneca Lake.  The Fox Run winners are part of the winery’s unique “Geology Series”. Double Gold medals were awarded to Glenora 2015 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay; Lamoreaux Landing 2015 Chardonnay Reserve and  Gold medals went to Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2013 Meritage, and Seyval-Chardonnay; Fox Run 2012 Blanc de Blancs; and Wagner 2014 Riesling Ice.  New York wines also won 27 Silver and 16 Bronze medals.

At the 2016 World Value Wine Challenge, Glenora 2015 Dry Riesling scored 92, with its 2015 Pinot Blanc rated 91

At the 2016 Tasters Guild Consumer Wine Judging yielded Double Gold medals for Belhurst 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon; Lakewood 2015 Riesling, and 2015 Glaciovinum.  Gold medals went to Belhurst 2014 Cabernet Franc, Sparkling Isabella, and Ice Princess; and Lakewood 2015 Vignoles.

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