Two major California wine competitions yielded more Gold medals (as well as Silver and Bronze) for New York wineries, first at the U.S. National Wine Competition in Sonoma a couple weeks ago, and this week at the fabulous Pacific Rim Wine Competition in San Bernardino.
Vizcarra Vineyards 2010 Spiced Apple from the Niagara region took the Best of Show Fruit Wine at the U.S. National, along with Gold and Best of Class winnings along the way. Other Best of Class winners included Penguin Bay 2011 Riesling and Hazlitt White Stag, with a Double Gold medal going to Chateau Frank 2006 Blanc de Noirs and Gold medals to Goose Watch Cream Sherry along with Sparkling Pointe 2007 Brut and 2008 Cuvee Carnival.
At the superbly run Pacific Rim competition with 1,400 entries,.21 Brix 2011 Brick House White from the Lake Erie region took Best Pacific Rim White Wine as well as Gold and Best of Class. Other Gold/Best of Class awards went to Casa Larga Vineyards 2008 Fiori delle Stelle Vidal Ice Wine as well as its 2009 vintage of the same wine; Goose Watch Winery 2011 Rose of Isabella; and Swedish Hill Riesling Cuvee.
Twelve other Gold medals went to Belhurst Estate Winery 2011 Dry Riesling and 2010 Merlot; Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2010 Dry Riesling and 2010 Off-Dry Riesling; Coyote Moon Vineyards 2011 River Time; Dr.Frank 2011 Gruner Veltliner; Goose Watch Winery 2010 Tuxedo White and 2011 Riesling-Gewurztraminer; Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards Catawba and White Stag; and Torrey Ridge Winery Cayuga White and Diamond.
New York's 44 Silver and 17 Bronze medals made the total 77 awards.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the pond in Strasbourg, France, Anthony Road Winery 2009 Finger Lakes Riesling Martini-Reinhardt Selection was the only American wine to win a Gold medal at the prestigious Riesling du Monde competition. C'est magnifique!