Saturday, June 5, 2010

Winning Wines Crowned in Ohio, Eastern and Riesling Competitions

Swedish Hill Vineyard
Image of Swedish Hill Vineyard via Snooth
Wineries from Ohio and the Finger Lakes have been garnering accolades in three competitions for which results were announced last week.

The Ohio Wine Competition was held May 10-12 in Wooster, Ohio, and the 34th Annual Eastern International Wine Competition and Riesling Championship was held May 19-21 in Watkins Glen, NY.

The news was all good for Ferrante Winery of Ohio. Ferrante’s Gewurztraminer Signature Series 2008 (Grand River Valley) took overall best of show at the Ohio competition and a double gold at the Eastern competition. Their 2008 Vidal Blanc also nabbed a double gold. The Ferrante Pinot Grigio Signature Series 2008 (Grand River Valley) took the Best of Show honors in Ohio.

Debonne Vineyards took a double gold in the Ohio competition ice wine category with their Vidal Blanc Ice Wine Express.

Ravens Glenn Winery was awarded three Ohio golds for their Chardonnay, Barbera and Chardonel.
Also garnering honors in the Eastern International competition were Tabor Hill of Michigan with a gold medal for their 2008 Kerner, and Maize Valley Winery (of east central Ohio) which collected gold for their 2009 semi-sweet Riesling and their Summer Flig white blend.

Dr. Konstantin Frank’s Vinifera Cellars of the Finger Lakes remains the king of Riesling. Here are the results:

Riesling Champion

Dr. Konstantin Frank, 08 Riesling, Finger Lakes (AVA), Bunch Select Late Harvest, $69.99
Best of Class
Best Dry Riesling
Eagle Crest Vineyards, 09 Riesling - Dry, Finger Lakes (AVA), $12.99
Best Semi-Dry Riesling
Chateau Ste Michelle and Dr. Loosen, 08 Eroica Riesling, Columbia Valley (AVA), $24.00
Best Semi-Sweet Riesling
Chateau LaFayette Reneau, 09 Riesling Semi-Dry, Finger Lakes (AVA), Estate, $14.99
Best Sweet Riesling
Dr. Konstantin Frank, 08 Riesling, Finger Lakes (AVA), Bunch Select Late Harvest, $69.99

Other Eastern International gold winners (DG indicates double gold) include:

Anthony Road (3), Atwater Estate Vineyards (DG for their ‘08 Dry Riesling), Chateau Lafayette Reneau (2 DG), Eagle Crest Vineyards (2), Fulkerson Winery, Glenora Wine Cellars, Heron Hill, Hunt Country, Knapp Winery, Lucas Vineyards, Swedish Hill (4 gold plus DG for their 2009 semi-sweet Riesling), and Thirsty Owl Wine Company.

Full results of the Eastern International Wine Competition can be found here.

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