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January 12, 2015

Commissioner Congratulates New York State Wineries on Recent Awards and Accolades

Wineries Get High Marks at the Largest Wine Competition in the Country

State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball today congratulated New York’s growing wine and grape industry on a number of recent awards and accolades, including high marks at the largest competition in the country – the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.  In addition, nine New York wineries were named among the best 101 wineries in America in 2014 in a recent article by and Wine Enthusiast Magazine recently named the Finger Lakes Region one of the “ten best wine travel destinations of 2015.”   In October 2014, New York State was named by Wine Enthusiast Magazine as the 2014 “Wine Region of the Year,” with the award to be presented at a black-tie “Wine Star Awards” dinner in New York City on January 26.

“The hits just keep on coming for our farm-based beverage industry,” said Commissioner Ball.  “With the rising quality of our wines and interest at an all-time high, New York is gaining fast recognition across the globe as a premier wine making region.  I congratulate all the medal winners at the recent San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition as well as the wineries and regions that have recently been recognized as world class agritourism destinations.”

Jim Trezise, President of the New York Wine and Grape Foundation, said, “The New York wine industry has clearly achieved world-class status and recognition, thanks to decades of work by hundreds of people and our close partnership with the State of New York.  Our ongoing programs of promotion, combined with research at Cornell University, have resulted in continuous improvement that has earned the New York wine industry the respect of our wine industry colleagues throughout the world.  Governor Andrew Cuomo, the Department of Agriculture & Markets, and other agencies have been vital partners in advancing our industry, which now generates more than $4.8 billion in economic benefits annually to the State of New York.”

There were more than 6,400 entries in this year’s San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.  Dr. Konstantin Frank’s 2013 Semi-Dry Riesling tied for first place for “Best White Wine” and also won a double gold medal for its 2013 Dry Riesling.  Other double gold medal award winners included:

  • Buttonwood Grove Winery 2013 Semi-Dry Riesling
  • Coyote Moon Vineyards 2011 Marquette Special Reserve
  • Lamoreaux Landing 2013 Dry Riesling (Yellow Dog Vineyard)
  • Owera Vineyards 2013 Dry Riesling
  • Penguin Bay Winery 2013 Semi-Dry Riesling
  • Prejean Winery’s 2013 Goldfinch Dry Riesling
  • Swedish Hill Winery 2013 Dry Riesling
  • Wagner Vineyards 2013 Dry Riesling

Gold medals included:

  • 21 Brix Semi-Dry Riesling
  • Coyote Moon Vineyards Brianna
  • Coyote Moon Vineyards 2012 La Crescent
  • Dr. Konstantin Frank’s Chateau Frank Celebre Rose
  • Goose Watch Winery 2013 Viognier
  • Goose Watch Winery 2013 Finale White Port
  • Keuka Spring Vineyards 2013 Dry Riesling
  • Keuka Spring Vineyards 2013 Semi-Sweet Riesling
  • Keuka Spring Vineyards 2013 Vignoles
  • Kontokosta Winery 2013 Sauvignon Blanc
  • Penguin Bay Winery 2013 Pinot Grigio
  • Swedish Hill Winery Naturel

For a complete list of award winners from New York State and across the nation at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, please visit the link below:

When a winery wins a gold medal in competition, it means that it is an excellent wine.  A double gold means that all judges are in agreement on the wine’s quality.  Each wine is judged on its own merits—color, clarity, aroma, bouquet, taste, aftertaste, and overall quality.  In 2013, New York wineries won over 700 gold medals or above at competitions across the world, the most in one year in the history of the state.

In addition to the accolades at the recent competition, the Finger Lakes Region was named one of the Ten Best Wine Travel Destinations in the world for 2015 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.  

Nine New York State wineries were also named among the 101 best wineries in the United States by  An end of the year rundown by of the "101 Best Wineries in America" in 2014 included nine from New York, including Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery (Warwick), the Red Hook Winery (Brooklyn), Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard (Dundee), Ravines Wine Cellars (Hammondsport), Channing Daughters Winery (Bridgehampton), Keuka Lake Vineyards (Hammondsport), Red Newt (Hector), Boundary Breaks Vineyard (Lodi), and Dr. Konstantin Frank (Hammondsport).

These announcements come on the heels of New York State being named the “Wine Region of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine over Champagne, France; Chianti, Italy; Red Mountain, WA and Sonoma CA.  The magazine cited the quality of the wines, as well as the regulatory climate and support for the industry by state government under Governor Cuomo as the reason for the award.            

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