Two Long Island wineries took home the top prizes in the 35th annual New York Wine Classic awards, dubbed the “Oscars” for the state’s wine industry.
But the Finger Lakes, the Thousand Islands and other regions won their share of wine classic hardware in the results announced Thursday night.
The two top awards went to wineries on the North Fork of Long Island, one of the state’s most highly regarded wine regions.
Pindar Vineyards of Peconic took home the Governor’s Cup for the wine of the year with its 2019 Dr. Dan’s Signature Collection Gewurztraminer. That award, a large silver chalice, is given each year to wine that scores the “best in show” in the awards.
That entry also won the competition’s only platinum medal and was named the state’s Best White Wine. Pindar was founded by Herodotus “Dan” Damianos in the 1980s and helped pioneer the Long Island wine region.
The best winery award went to Paumanok Vineyards in Aquebogue. That award goes to the winery with best overall showing in the contest based on the level and number of medals. Paumanok won gold medals for Best Vinifera Red Blend, Best Traditional Method Sparkling Wine and Best Sauvignon Blanc.
Also announced today were the “best in category” award. They were:
Best White Wine
Pindar Vineyards, Long Island
Dr. Dan’s Signature Collection
Best Sparking Wine
Paumanok Vineyards, Long Island
Blanc De Blancs 2016
Best Pink Wine
Ryan William Vineyard, Finger Lakes
Pinot Noir Rose 2019
Best Red Wine
Paumanok Vineyards, Long Island
Best Dessert Wine
Boundary Breaks, Finger Lakes
Riesling Ice Wine
“Best of Class” winners of the New York Wine Classic were announced in February:
- Best Cabernet Franc – Lamoreaux Landing 2019 T23 Unoaked, Cabernet Franc, Finger Lakes
- Best Ice Wine (frozen on the vine) – Boundary Breaks 2019 Ice Wine, Riesling, Finger Lakes
- Best Lemberger/Blaufränkisch – Adirondack Winery 2018 Stargazer, Lemberger, Capital Region
- Best Merlot – Goose Watch 2015 Merlot, Finger Lakes
- Best Pétillant Naturel (Pét-Nat) – Fossenvue Winery 2018 Eighteen Forty-Eight Pétillant Naturel, Diamond, Finger Lakes
- Best Riesling (Medium Dry) – Rooftop Reds 2017 Riesling, New York City
- Best Riesling (Medium Sweet) – Wagner Vineyards 2019 Select, Riesling, Finger Lakes
- Best Riesling (Sweet) – Penguin Bay 2019 Sweet, Riesling, Southern Tier
- Best Cabernet Sauvignon – Brotherhood 2017 New York Premium Selection, Cabernet Sauvignon, Hudson Valley
- Best Chardonnay (Oaked) – Millbrook 2019 Proprietor’s Special Reserve, Chardonnay, Hudson Valley
- Best Force Carbonation/Transfer Method – Stony Lonesome 2019 Sec, Chardonnay, Finger Lakes
- Best Gewurztraminer – Pindar Vineyards 2019 Dr. Dan’s Signature Collection, Gewurztraminer, Long Island
- Best Gruner Veltliner – Dr. Konstantin Frank 2019 Gruner Veltliner, Southern Tier
- Best Other Red Hybrid Varietal – Northern Cross Vineyard 2018 Estate, Frontenac, Capital Region
- Best Other Red Vinifera Varietal – Dr. Konstantin Frank 2018 Saperavi, Southern Tier
- Best Pinot Gris – Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2019 Pinot Gris, Finger Lakes
- Best Pinot Noir – McCall Wines 2014 Reserve Corchaug Estate, Pinot Noir, Long Island
- Best Red Blend (Vinifera & Non-Vinifera) – Atwater 2019 Stone Bridge Red Blend, Southern Tier
- Best Red Blend (Vinifera) – Paumanok 2015 Assemblage Red Blend, Long Island
- Best Riesling (Dry) – Anthony Road 2019 Dry, Riesling, Finger Lakes
- Best Rosé (0 to 2% RS) – Ryan William Vineyard 2019 Rosé, Pinot Noir, Southern Tier
- Best Sauvignon Blanc – Paumanok 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, Long Island
- Best Traditional Method – Paumanok 2016 Blanc De Blancs, Chardonnay, Long Island
- Best Traminette – Johnson Estate 2018 Estate Grown, Traminette, Western New York
- Best White Blend (Vinifera) – Pindar Vineyards 2019 Dr. Dan’s Signature Collection White Blend, Long Island
This year’s New York Wine Classic judging was conducted virtually from November to February. The results were announced Thursday night during a live event streamed virtually by the New York Wine and Grape Foundation. The awards event was hosted by noted wine writer and educator Kevin Zraly.
The contest, in a normal year, is judged in person and the winners have traditionally been announced in August.
For this year’s contest, there were 607 entries from 96 of the 471 wineries across the state. Judges awarded one Platinum, 138 Gold, 355 Silver, and 104 Bronze medals. The wine and grape foundation partnered with the Beverage Testing Institute (BTI) to judge the wines.
“The results of the Classic shine a spotlight on the fact that New York produces amazing wine worth exploring in every region across the state,” said Samuel Filler, executive director of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation. “We are looking forward to weather turning warm, and safe travel returning soon. Going on an adventure to visit the winners of the New York Wine Classic will be a perfect way to explore New York wines from corner to corner.”
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