Finger Lakes Central Shines in Governor’s Cup Wine Competition

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 15, 2013
Contact: Miranda O. Polmanteer, 315.568.2906
Director of Communications and Tourism Promotion
mpolmanteer@senecachamber.org

Finger Lakes Central Shines in Governor’s Cup Wine Competition

 governors cup(Watkins Glen, NY-) Several Finger Lakes Central wineries received top honors at the 2013 Governor’s Cup Wine Competition.  Among the winners, “Best of Category” awards (indicating gold or double-gold status) were presented to four Seneca County wineries: Hosmer Winery, Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars, and Swedish Hill Winery (receiving two awards).

The four Finger Lakes Central wineries were part of a field that included submissions from 842 New York wines, 11 Hard Ciders and 22 Spirits from across New York State, including the renowned wine regions of Long Island, Hudson Valley, Greater Niagara, Chautauqua-Allegheny, and the Finger Lakes.

The awards were based on blind tastings by nearly two dozen expert judges, consisting of prominent wine writers, restaurateurs, retailers, and wine educators from various wine regions throughout the world, including: California, New York, France and the United Kingdom.

The four winning entries from Finger Lakes Central wineries were:
-Best Medium Sweet Riesling
Swedish Hill Winery 2012 Riesling

-Best Hybrid Red Blend
Swedish Hill Winery Viking Red

-Best Lemberger
Hosmer Winery 2010 Lemberger

-Best Vinifera Red Blend
Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars 76 West

“Seneca County has become one of the world’s leading wine regions and our community takes great pride in being recognized for its strong culinary and agri-tourism industry,” stated Jeff Shipley, Executive Director for the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce. “These prestigious awards serve as a testament to the reputation that our winemakers rightfully deserve for producing quality products that continue to add value to the authentic Finger Lakes brand,” he added.

The awards ceremony and media event capped a day-long tour of the Finger Lakes, hosted by Governor Cuomo, to help raise awareness of the region’s unique assets and expand wine sales into New York City and other metropolitan areas – all part of the Taste NY campaign.  Guests included industry, elected, and media officials from across the state.  The tour included three winery stops on Seneca Lake’s west side- Anthony Road Wine Co, Glenora Wine Cellars, and Lakewood Winery.  Also featured with the wine tasting event was food pairing and informative behind the scenes tours, facility overviews, and meet and greet opportunities with the property owners.

“This event offered an outstanding opportunity for local and state representatives to collaborate with industry professionals and top tier media contacts.  The entire day presented valuable relationship building with these key individuals, while promoting a greater awareness to one of the most thriving industries here in the Finger Lakes,” stated Miranda Polmanteer, Director of Communications and Tourism Promotion for the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce. “We look forward to utilizing these current initiatives such as the Taste NY program, and are hopeful of how they will continue to better- support our ongoing wine and tourism industry efforts,” she added.
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Wine enthusiasts looking to sample some of Finger Lakes Central’s award-winning honorees will have an opportunity to do so at the upcoming Finger Lakes Cork & Fork event- scheduled for September 20-21 in Seneca Falls, NY. The event has become a leading showcase of the Finger Lakes Region’s fresh food, fine wines and farmer’s favorites . It focuses on the area’s diverse agricultural resources, distinguished wine and beverage industry, and highlights the people who are responsible for creating both.

In addition to the Finger Lakes Central award winners, this year’s “Governor’s Cup” – a silver chalice trophy, was presented to Keuka Spring Vineyards of Penn Yan, for their 2012 Riesling. The “Winery of the Year” award went to McCall Wines, from the Long Island region.

Among other honors showcased at the Governor’s Cup Competition, the 2013 “Specialty Wine Champion” award was presented to Earle Estates Meadery, for their Raspberry Reflections, while the “Best Limited Production Wine” award, for wines produced with fewer than 100 cases, also went to Keuka Spring Vineyards, for their 2012 Dry Rosé.

The “Best of Category” awards, all eligible for the Governor’s Cup, went to: (*Finger Lakes Winery)

-Best Sparkling Wine
Sparkling Pointe 2008 Blanc de Noirs

-Best White Wine
*Keuka Spring Vineyards 2012 Riesling

-Best Rose Wine
*McGregor Vineyard Winery 2012 Rosé D’Cabernet Franc, Estate Grown

-Best Red Wine
*Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Franc

-Best Dessert Wine
21 Brix 2011 Vidal Ice Wine

-Best Specialty Wine
*Earle Estates Meadery Raspberry Reflections

-Best Spirit
*Finger Lakes Distilling McKenzie Rye

The Best of Class awards- or the Double Gold or Gold medal wines in classes of at least 7 wines- went to: (*Finger Lakes Winery)

-Best Oaked Chardonnay
*Billsboro Winery 2012 Chardonnay

-Best Unoaked Chardonnay
Harbes Family Farm & Vineyard 2012 Steel Fermented Chardonnay

-Best Overall Chardonnay
Harbes Family Farm & Vineyard 2012 Steel Fermented Chardonnay

-Best Gewürztraminer
*Keuka Spring Vineyards 2012 Gewürztraminer

-Best Dry Riesling
Paumanok Vineyards 2012 Dry Riesling

-Best Medium Dry Riesling
*Keuka Spring Vineyards 2012 Riesling

-Best Medium Sweet Riesling
*Swedish Hill Winery 2012 Riesling

-Best Overall Riesling
*Keuka Spring Vineyards 2012 Riesling

-Best Pinot Grigio
*Damiani Wine Cellars 2012 Pinot Grigio

-Best Vinifera White Blend
Bedell Cellars 2010 Taste White

-Best Cayuga
*McGregor Vineyard Winery 2012 Cayuga White

-Best Seyval
Raymor Estate Cellars Seyval Blanc

-Best Hybrid White Blend
Tug Hill Vineyards 43 Degrees Lat White

-Best Niagara
*Lakewood Vineyards 2012 Niagara

-Best Vinifera Rose
*McGregor Vineyard Winery 2012 Rosé D’Cabernet Franc, Estate Grown

-Best Native Rose
*Arbor Hill Grapery & Winery Coriesa Hill-Iona Rosé

-Best Catawba
*Torrey Ridge Winery Catawba

-Best Cabernet Sauvignon
Wölffer Estate Vineyard 2010 Cassango Cabernet Sauvignon

-Best Merlot
Martha Clara Vineyards 2010 Merlot

-Best Cabernet Franc
*Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Franc

-Best Pinot Noir
McCall Wines 2010 Pinot Noir Reserve, Corchang Estate

-Best Lemberger
*Hosmer Winery 2010 Lemberger

-Best Vinifera Red Blend
*Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars 76 West

-Best Hybrid Red Blend
*Swedish Hill Winery Viking Red

-Best Fruit
Baldwin Vineyards Strawberry Wine

-Best Cider
*Earle Estates Meadery Wort Hog

-Best Late Harvest Wine
Paumanok Vineyards 2012 Late Harvest Riesling

-Best Ice Wine
21 Brix 2011 Vidal Ice Wine

-Best Vinifera Sparkling White
*Chateau Frank 2007 Blanc de Noir
The Seneca County properties and varieties that were honored were:

-Best Medium Sweet Riesling
Swedish Hill Winery 2012 Riesling

-Best Hybrid Red Blend
Swedish Hill Winery Viking Red

-Best Lemberger
Hosmer Winery 2010 Lemberger

-Best Vinifera Red Blend
Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars 76 West
Established in 1968, the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce represents over 500 local and regional business and associate members. The Chamber provides initiative and leadership, offering programs and benefits that promote its members, foster economic development, and enhance the quality of life in Seneca County. The Chamber is also the official Tourism Promotion Agency (TPA) for Seneca County, providing tourism marketing services to generate additional exposure and publicity for area attractions. The Chamber houses two on-site Visitors’ Centers at its main location- including its business office and the famous historic windmill building located along routes 5&20, and also staffs information centers at the PETRO rest stop along the New York State Thruway, and at Waterloo Premium Outlets.  Visit www.senecachamber.org or www.fingerlakesgateway.com for more information.

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