Ventosa Wins Governor’s Cup for Best Wine in New York State
The best wine in New York State can be found in Finger Lakes Central: Seneca County. In fact, Ventosa Vineyards 2011 Estate Grown Lemberger was selected as the winner of the prestigious 2015 Governor’s Cup trophy. The wines were judged by a panel of experts from California, New York, Paris and London (among others) and included prominent wine writers, restaurant owners, and industry education specialists.
Lemberger is a dry red wine with rich, tart cherry fruit, subtle spice and balanced tannin. Most versions are aged in tank or older oak but some producers use new barrique. It is a grape believed to have originated in Austria or Germany. It is among the most popular varietals for consumers and growers alike – especially in New York State. Among the reasons it is popular among growers is because of its ability to withstand winter conditions. Consumers like the wine made from this grape because it often produces a smooth and rich finish.
Other Finger Lakes Central: Seneca County awards included:
- Goose Watch Winery – Best Sparkling Wine for its Pinot Noir Brut Rose
- Sheldrake Point Winery – Best Dessert Wine for its 2014 Riesling Ice Wine
- Goose Watch Winery – Best Traminette for its 2014 Traminette
- Americana Vineyards – Best Niagara
- Idol Ridge Winery – Best Cabernet Franc for its 2012 Cabernet Franc
- Ventosa Vineyards – Best Lemberger (also best overall wine) for its 2011 Estate Grown Lemberger
- Standing Stone Vineyards – Best Other Red Vinifera Varietal for its 2013 Saperavi
- Swedish Hill – Best Late Harvest for its 2014 Late Harvest Vignoles
- Sheldrake Point Winery – Best Ice Wine (also best dessert wine) for its 2014 Riesling Ice Wine
For more information on these wineries: Finger Lakes Central Wineries
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