New York wines often win Double Gold and Gold medals at major competitions throughout the country and the world, but there are some that really stand out in terms of consistency of quality--and how expert judges rate them in blind-tastings.
Chateau Frank 2006 Blanc de Noirs is probably the best example, with a Platinum award at last week's Critics Challenge competition just the latest in an impressive string that almost certainly makes it the top award-winning methode champenoise sparkling wine from the Finger Lakes, ever.
The other awards for this wine: Chairman's Award (Double Gold) at Riverside International; Gold at Great Lakes; Double Gold at Tasters Guild International; 93 Points/Finalist at the Ultimate Wine Challenge; Double Gold at U.S. National; Best New World Sparkling Wine and Double Gold at New World International Wine Competition; Gold, 93 Points, and Best Northeastern Sparkling Wine at BTI World Wine Championships; Gold at Florida State Fair International; Double Gold & Best of Class at American Wine Society. And that's just so far this year! Coincidentally, in just about a month is the 50th anniversary celebration of Dr. Konstantin Frank's Vinifera Wine Cellars--and they sure have great bubbly to toast it.
Similarly impressive in the ice wine world is Casa Larga Vineyards, which over the years has consistently won numerous Golds, Double Golds, Best Dessert Wine, and even our Governor's Cup (for best wine of any type). Most recently, they had two different ice wines--2008 Fiori Vidal Ice Wine and 2009 Fiori Riesling Ice Wine--which were both awarded "Best of Class" at the Pacific Rim International because the judges loved them so much they wanted them both to win (and they did). What surprised them, and many others, is that these two ice wines, from different grapes in different years, were made by the same winery--a truly impressive feat.
Swedish Hill Winery is another consistent winner--in one recent year winning both the Governor's Cup and Winery of the Year awards at our New York Wine & Food Classic, along with the Governor's Cup in other years. Most recently, based on consistent quality across the board, it took the trophy for Winery of the Year at the Riverside International Wine Competition in California, with 1,950 entries. Swedish Hill's total medal count of 14, out of 17 entries, included six gold medals (one of them unanimous) and eight bronze medals.
We're in the middle of enhancing our web site, and one of the changes will be the ability to search the "New York Gold" section by winery (not just varietal and competition). I'm sure you'll see lots of medals for these wineries.