Saturday, March 11, 2006

Finger Lakes Wines Do Well In Florida Competition

-- A few weeks ago, I touted Torrey Ridge Winery's Delaware wine-
( We opened a bottle of Torrey Ridge Delaware this week and I remembered why we had purchased it. In my experience, most wines made from the native Delaware grape are too grapey for my taste. But this white wine moderates that grapiness and sweetness with a crisp acidity that really makes a good and balanced wine. So, if you are a fan of native grape varieties, I'd recommend the Torrey Ridge Delaware.) Well now the Florida State Fair Wine Competition judges have bestowed a Double Gold award to Torrey Ridge for their Niagara wine. Obviously, Torrey Ridge is doing wonderful things with native grapes just when many have dismissed native grapes as sweet, grapey, and lacking balance or complexity.
Finger Lakes wineries fared very well at the Florida State Fair Wine Competition, snaring a total of 119 medals. Here are the Gold and Double Gold medal winners:

Torrey Ridge Winery Niagara- Double Gold
Torrey Ridge Winery 2003 Traminette- Gold
Goose Watch Winery 2004 Melody- Gold

Hosmer Winery 2004 Cabernet Franc- Gold
Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars 2004 Semi-Dry Riesling Estate Bottled- Gold
Sheldrake Point Vineyard 2004 Petite Dry Rose- Gold
Sheldrake Point Vineyard 2004 Riesling Ice Wine- Gold
Swedish Hill Winery Svenska Blush- Gold
Swedish Hill Winery Viking Red- Gold

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