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Results of the 2017 New York Wine & Food Classic!

Buttonwood Grove Winery 2016 Riesling wins “Governor’s Cup” and CK Cellars/Torrey Ridge Winery and Sparkling Pointe Vineyards & Winery Tie for “Winery of the Year”

Watkins Glen, New York, August 9 – Buttonwood Grove Winery 2016 Riesling from the Finger Lakes Region won the coveted “Governor’s Cup” trophy at the 2017 New York Wine & Food Classic competition, held on August 8 & 9 at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel in Watkins Glen, NY.  The “Winery of the Year” award was a tie between CK Cellars/Torrey Ridge Winery from the Finger Lakes Region, and Sparkling Pointe Vineyards & Winery from the North Fork of Long Island.

The Governor’s Cup, a large silver chalice, recognizes the “Best of Show” or top prize of all 958 entries in the Classic, known as “The Oscars” of New York wine. The “Winery of the Year” award is presented to the winery with the best overall showing based on the level and number of awards in relation to entries.

“We applaud the winners in a very competitive event, as well as the strong support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and his administration for the New York wine industry” said Jim Trezise, former President of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, which sponsors the Classic; Trezise oversaw the 2017 Classic for the last time.

This year’s competition included 915 New York wines, 27 Hard Ciders and 16 Craft Spirits from several regions across New York State including Long Island, Hudson Valley, Finger Lakes, Niagara Escarpment and Lake Erie. The Buttonwood Grove Winery 2016 Riesling was also voted Best Medium Sweet Riesling, Best Overall Riesling, and Best White on its way to the ultimate award. CK Cellars/Torrey Ridge Winery won Best Catawba and Best Pink wine on its way to the Winery of the Year award. Sparkling Pointe Vineyards & Winery won Best Vinifera Sparkling White, Best Vinifera Sparkling Pink and Best Sparkling on their way to the Winery of the Year award.

A “Specialty Wine Champion” award recognizes consistent quality among the increasing number of wines made from fruits other than grapes, or honey. The 2017 winner was 21 Brix Winery Raspberry.

A “Best Limited Production Wine” award, for wines produced with fewer than 100 cases, went to Barnstormer Winery 2016 Riesling N6679P.

There are also awards for Best Spirit and Best Cider. The Best Spirit honor went to Finger Lakes Distilling Seneca Drums Gin, while the Best Cider was Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards Cider Tree with Citra Hops.

The awards were based on blind tastings by 21 expert judges-2 from California, 12 from New York, and 7 from other states. Judges included prominent wine writers, restaurateurs, retailers, and wine educators. Judging panels determined the initial awards, with top-scoring wines evaluated by all 21 judges for Best of Category and Governor’s Cup awards.

Celebrating its 32nd year, the Classic is organized by Teresa Knapp of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, and is open to all 420 New York wineries from all regions. In 2017, a total of 81 Double Gold, 88 Gold, 454 Silver, and 241 Bronze medals were awarded. In addition, “Best of Category” and “Best of Class” designations were awarded to wines rated as the finest in various areas. Double Gold medals require unanimity among a panel’s judges that a wine deserves a Gold medal, whereas Gold medals require a majority vote.

The “Best of Category” awards, all eligible for the Governor’s Cup, went to:

  • Best Sparkling Wine
    Sparkling Pointe Vineyards & Winery 2014 Topaz Imperial, Méthode Champenoise
  • Best White Wine
    Buttonwood Grove Winery 2016 Riesling
  • Best Pink Wine
    CK Cellars/Torrey Ridge Winery Catawba
  • Best Red Wine
    3 Brothers Wineries & Estates 2016 Zweigelt/Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Best Dessert Wine
    Goose Watch Winery Classic Cream Sherry

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 Oaked Chardonnay
    Osmote Wine 2014 Chardonnay
  • Best Unoaked Chardonnay
    Martha Clara Vineyards 2014 Chardonnay
  • Best Gewürztraminer
    Dr. Konstantin Frank 2016 Gewürztraminer
  • Best Dry Riesling
    Lucas Vineyards 2015 Dry Riesling
  • Best Medium Dry Riesling
    Dr. Konstantin Frank 2016 Riesling, Semi-Dry
  • Best Medium Sweet Riesling
    Buttonwood Grove Winery 2016 Riesling
  • Best Sweet Riesling
    Fox Run Vineyards 2014 Lot 11 Riesling, Lake Dana Vineyard
  • Best Overall Riesling
    Buttonwood Grove Winery 2016 Riesling
  • Best Sauvignon Blanc
    Paumanok Vineyards 2016 Sauvignon Blanc
  • Best Pinot Grigio
    Seneca Shore Cellars Pinot Grigio
  • Best Grüner Veltliner
    Dr. Konstantin Frank 2016 Grüner Veltliner
  • Best Other Vinifera White Varietal
    Kontokosta Winery 2016 Viognier
  • Best Vinifera White Blend
    Bedell Cellars 2016 Taste White
  • Best Traminette
    Johnson Estate Winery 2016 Traminette
  • Best Vignoles
    Anthony Road Wine Company 2016 Vignoles
  • Best Cold Climate White Varietal
    Weis Vineyards 2016 Heart of the Lake
  • Best Hybrid White
    3 Brothers Wineries & Estates Nearly Naked
  • Best Diamond
    Thirsty Owl Wine Company 2016 Diamond
  • Best Niagara
    Chateau LaFayette Reneau Niagara Mist
  • Best Rosé
    Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé
  • Best Blush
    Owera Vineyards Cazenovia Blush
  • Best Catawba
    CK Cellars/Torrey Ridge Winery Catawba
  • Best Merlot
    Damiani Wine Cellars 2012 Merlot Reserve
  • Best Pinot Noir
    Martha Clara Vineyards 2015 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir
  • Best Cabernet Franc
    Fjord Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Franc
  • Best Syrah
    Clovis Point Vineyard & Winery 2014 Syrah
  • Best Other Red Vinifera Varietal
    Thirsty Owl Wine Company 2015 Malbec
  • Best Vinifera Red Blend
    3 Brothers Wineries & Estates 2016 Zweigelt/Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Best Cold Climate Red Varietal
    Tug Hill Vineyards 2015 Marquette
  • Best Hybrid Red
    Stone Age Winery Reugeon de Chaunac
  • Best Fruit Wine
    21 Brix Winery Raspberry
  • Best Cider
    Hazlitt 1852 Vineyard Cider Tree with Citra Hops
  • Best Spirit
    Finger Lakes Distilling Seneca Drums Gin
  • Best Port
    Hazlitt 1852 Vineyard Light Port
  • Best Late Harvest
    Wölffer Estate Vineyard 2014 Diosa Late Harvest
  • Best Ice Wine
    Leonard Oakes Estate Winery 2015 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine
  • Best Vinifera Sparkling White
    Sparkling Pointe Vineyards & Winery 2012 Blanc de Blanc, Méthode Champenoise
  • Best Vinifera Sparkling Pink
    Sparkling Pointe Vineyards & Winery 2014 Topaz Imperial, Méthode Champenoise
  • Best Hybrid Sparkling White
    J.R. Dill Winery Cayuga White Rise

Complete results of the 2017 Classic will also soon be posted under “Industry/New York Wine & Food Classic” and under “Awards” both at www.newyorkwines.org, which also includes Gold medal New York wines from other major competitions.

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