Gold Flows out of Riverside
Arrowhead Spring Vineyards 2009 Late Harvest Vidal from the Niagara Escarpment led a strong showing of New York wines at this week's Riverside International Wine Competition, winning the honor of Best Dessert Wine. On its way to the top honor in that category, the wine also took Best of Class and a Chairman's Award (requiring unanimous agreement among judges, like a Double Gold in most other competitions).
Other Best of Class/Chairman's Award winners from New York, which were also among the "Sweepstakes" round wines, included 21 Brix Raspberry, Chateau Frank 2006 Blanc de Noirs, Keuka Spring Vineyards 2011 Riesling, Liberty Vineyards & Winery Reds, Whites & Blues Rose, Thirsty Owl Wine Company 2011 Diamond, and Thousand Islands Winery 2010 Marquette.
Additional 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, Red Tail Ridge Winery 2010 Dry Riesling, and Swedish Hill Winery Blue Waters Riesling.
Gold medals were awarded to Arrowhead Spring Vineyards 2008 Meritage Reserve; Casa Larga Vineyards 2009 French Oak Reserve Chardonnay and 2009 Fiori delle Stelle Riesling Ice Wine; Chateau LaFayette Reneau Seyval-Chardonnay; Dr. Frank 2010 Semi-Dry Riesling; Fox Run Vineyards 2010 Riesling; Glenora Wine Cellars 2010 Late Harvest Riesling and 2003 Brut; Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards Vidal Blanc Ice Wine; Keuka Spring Vineyards 2010 Vignoles Dessert Wine; Lakewood Vineyards 2010 Riesling; Leonard Oakes Estate Winery 2009 Vidal Ice Wine; Red Tail Ridge Winery 2009 Blaufrankish; Swedish Hill Winery Spumante Blush, 2007 Optimus; 2010 Chardonnay Reserve, 2011 Riesling, and 2011 Cayuga White; Thirsty Owl Wine Company 2011 Snow Owl; and Wagner Vineyards 2009 Estate Bottled Dry Riesling.
New York wines also won 96 Silver and 39 Bronze awards for a total of 164 medals. Now held at the great South Coast Resort & Spa in Temecula, Riverside is run by Dan Berger, and for that reason is a great competition for wines from anywhere. Dan has always been passionate about recognizing the quality of wines regardless of where they are from or what grape variety they're made from; and over the years has instilled that same passion in Riverside judges. In fact, last year at our New York Wine & Food Classic, we have him a special "Wine Missionary" Award in recognition of his efforts.
Next up, this week, is the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition, where New York wines also traditionally score well, and why not--they're good!