At the 2016 New York Wine & Food Classic...

                

Billsboro Winery 2013 Syrah wins "Governor's Cup"
and
Keuka Spring Vineyards wins "Winery of the Year"
 
 
Watkins Glen, New York, August 10 - Billsboro Winery 2013 Syrah from Finger Lakes Region won the coveted "Governor's Cup" trophy at the 2016 New York Wine & Food Classic competition, held on August 9 & 10 at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel in Watkins Glen, NY. The "Winery of the Year" award went to Keuka Spring Vineyards, also from the Finger Lakes region.
 
The Governor's Cup, a large silver chalice, recognizes the "Best of Show" or top prize of all 951 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, President of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, which sponsors the Classic.
 
This year's competition included 893 New York wines, 20 Hard Ciders and 38 Craft Spirits from several regions across New York State including Long Island, Hudson Valley, Finger Lakes, Niagara Escarpment and Lake Erie. The Billsboro Winery 2013 Syrah was also voted Best Red Wine and Best Syrah on its way to the ultimate award. Keuka Spring Vineyards won Best White Wine and Best Overall Riesling on its way to the Winery of the Year award, along with several Best of Class awards and other top medals.  
 
A "Specialty Wine Champion" award recognizes consistent quality among the increasing number of wines made from fruits other than grapes, or honey. The 2016 winner was Coyote Moon Vineyards Razzle Dazzle.
 
A "Best Limited Production Wine" award, for wines produced with fewer than 100 cases, went to Finger Lakes Community College Viticulture & Wine Tech Corp 2015 Gather, Dry Riesling.
 
There are also awards for Best Spirit and Best Cider. The Best Spirit honor went to Finger Lakes Distilling McKenzie Bourbon Whisky while the Best Cider was Brooklyn Cider House Half Sour.
 
The awards were based on blind tastings by 22 expert judges-5 from California, 9 from New York, 7 from other states, and 1 from London. Judges included prominent wine writers, restaurateurs, retailers, and wine educators. Judging panels determined the initial awards, with top-scoring wines evaluated by all 22 judges for Best of Category and Governor's Cup awards.
 
Celebrating its 31st year, the Classic is organized by Teresa Knapp of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, and is open to all 406 New York wineries from all regions. In 2016, a total of 71 Double Gold, 106 Gold, 386 Silver, and 250 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 2013 Brut, Methode Champenoise
 
Best White Wine
Keuka Spring Vineyards 2015 Gewürztraminer
 
Best Blush or Ros é Wine
21 Brix Winery Ellatawba
 
Best Red Wine
Billsboro Winery 2013 Syrah
 
Best Dessert Wine
Wolffer Estate Vineyard 2015 Descencia Botrytis Riesling/Chardonnay
 
 
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
Whitecliff Vineyard 2014 Reserve Chardonnay
 
Best Unoaked Chardonnay
Lieb Cellars 2015 Bridge Lane Chardonnay
 
Best Gewürztraminer
Keuka Spring Vineyards 2015 Gewürztraminer
 
Best Dry Riesling
Keuka Spring Vineyards 2015 Humphreys Vineyard Riesling, Single Vineyard Series
 
Best Medium Dry Riesling
Dr. Konstantin Frank 2015 Riesling, Semi-Dry
  
Best Medium Sweet Riesling
Keuka Spring Vineyards 2015 Semi Sweet Riesling
 
Best Sweet Riesling
Wagner Vineyards 2013 Riesling Select, Estate Grown & Bottled
 
Best Overall Riesling
Keuka Spring Vineyards 2015 Semi Sweet Riesling
 
Best Pinot Grigio
Duck Walk Vineyards 2015 Pinot Grigio
 
Best Other Vinifera White Varietal
Palmer Vineyards 2015 Albarino
 
Best Vinifera White Blend
Bedell Cellars 2015 Taste White
 
Best Vinifera/Hybrid White Blend
Keuka Spring Vineyards Celebrate

Best Cayuga
Swedish Hill Winery 2015 Cayuga White
 
Best Seyval
Benmarl Winery 2015 Seyval Blanc
 
Best Traminette
Seneca Shore Wine Cellars Traminette, Estate Bottled, DeMarco Vineyards
 
Best Vidal
J.R. Dill Winery 2015 Vidal Blanc
 
Best Cold Climate White Varietal
Coyote Moon Vineyards Brianna
 
Best Hybrid White
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyard White Stag
 
Best Niagara
Americana Vineyards Crystal Lake
 
Best Catawba
21 Brix Winery Ellatawba
 
Best Native Varietal
Coyote Moon Vineyards Fire Boat Red
 
Best Vinifera Ros é
Wagner Vineyards 2015 Ros é of Cabernet Franc
 
Best Cabernet Sauvignon
Osprey's Dominion Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

Best Merlot
Clovis Point Vineyard & Winery 2013 Vintner's Select Merlot
 
Best Pinot Noir
Osprey's Dominion Vineyards 2014 Pinot Noir
 
Best Cabernet Franc
Kontokosta Winery 2013 Cabernet Franc
 
Best Other Red Vinifera Varietal
Influence Wines 2015 Malbec
 
Best Syrah
Billsboro Winery 2013 Syrah
 
Best Vinifera Red Blend
Harbes Vineyard 2014 Red Blend, Proprietor's Reserve
 
Best Cold Climate Red Varietal
Tug Hill Vineyards White Out, Estate
 
Best Fruit Wine
Coyote Moon Vineyards Razzle Dazzle
 
Best Cider
Brooklyn Cider House Half Sour
 
Best Spirit
Finger Lakes Distilling McKenzie Bourbon Whisky
 
Best Port
Goose Watch Winery 2015 Finale White Port
 
Best Late Harvest
Wolffer Estate Vineyard 2015 Descencia Botrytis Riesling/Chardonnay
 
Best Ice Wine
Sheldrake Point Winery 2014 Riesling Ice Wine, Wild Ferment, Estate Bottled
 
Best Vinifera Sparkling White
Sparkling Pointe Vineyards & Winery 2013 Brut, Methode Champenoise
 
Best Vinifera Sparkling Pink
Sparkling Pointe Vineyards & Winery 2013 Topaz Imperial, Methode Champenoise
 
Best Hybrid Sparkling White
Swedish Hill Winery Blanc de Blancs
 
 
 
Complete results of the 2016 Classic will also soon be posted under "Awards and Accolades" at www.newyorkwines.org , which also includes Gold medal New York wines from other major competitions.
 
Media Contact: Jim Trezise, 585-394-3620, ext. 203, jimtrezise@nywgf.org



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