A winery that usually don’t come quickly to mind when assembling “best of” lists led New York entries in the recent Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. While 17 other competitors from New York took a Double Gold medal each, Jamesport Vineyards of Long Island was honored for two — its 2014 Late Harvest Riesling, and its 2013 Dry Riesling.
In the overall competition, an international group of 73 judges evaluated 3,824 entries from 916 wineries in all 50 states and 25 other countries — 1,526 reds, 1,275 whites, 351 fruit, 156 blush/pink/rosé, 148 sparkling, 113 dessert, 85 ice wines, and 155 others. Full results of the judging are available online.
Jamesport Vineyards is a father-son collaboration that began in 1986, making it one of the North Fork’s oldest vineyards. As explained in the company history, “Since Ron Goerler Sr. acquired the 165-year-old barn that houses the winery and tasting room a lot has changed, both aesthetically and agriculturally. The tasting room has increased to accommodate an ever-growing number of visitors. The great lawn out back [is] … where people gather to enjoy good wine, live music and light fare. … In the vineyard, Ron Jr. continues to update their plantings, ensuring they produce the highest quality of fruit available in the region today. …”
The other New York entries taking Double Gold (unanimous rating by the tasting panel):
- 21 Brix 2013 Semi-Dry Riesling
- Anthony Road 2014 Vignoles
- CK Cellars Niagara
- Colloca Estate 2014 Lake Effect Vineyard Riesling
- Dr. Frank 2014 Rkatsiteli
- Goose Watch 2015 Viognier
- Heron Hill 2014 Semi-Sweet Riesling
- Liberty Vineyards Diamond Select
- Miles Wine Cellars 2009 Lemberger
- Penguin Bay 2014 Dry Riesling
- Sheldrake Point 2014 Riesling
- Sparkling Pointe Topaz Imperial
- Swedish Hill 2014 Riesling
- Thirsty Owl 2014 Diamond
- Three Brothers 2014 Estate Reserve Gruner Veltliner
- Victory View 2014 Lafayette
- Wolffer Estate 2013 Diosa Late Harvest
Among New York entries taking Gold medals (majority rating by the tasting panel), the Randazzo family’s Coyote Moon Vineyards from the Thousand Islands led the way with a trio of medals for its 2013 Brianna, its Twisted Sister, and its 2014 Marquette. Three other wineries’ entries took two Golds each — Glenora Winery’s 2006 Brut and its 2014 Dry Riesling; Johnson Estate Winery’s Concord and its 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, and Thousand Islands Winery’s 2014 Semi-Dry Riesling and its 2015 Moscato.
The other Golds went to:
A Gust of Sun Winery & Vineyard’s 2013 Westies Cab Franc; 21 Brix’s 2011 Vidal Ice Wine; Americana’s 2014 Cabernet Franc; Amorici Vineyards’ 2014 Cabernet Franc; Atwater Vineyards’ 2013 Syrah; Baiting Hollow’s 2014 Riesling; Baldwin Vineyards’ Spiced Apple; Bella-Brooke Vineyard’s 2014 Adelle; Chateau LaFayette Reneau’s 2013 Meritage; CK Cellars’ 2013 Baco Noir; Fulkerson’s Sunset Blush; Goose Watch’s Golden Spumante; Hazlitt’s 2013 Gewurztraminer; JD Wine Cellars’ 2014 Free Flight; Lucas’ 2014 Semi-Dry Riesling; Palaia’s 2015 Pearl Power; Rooster Hill’s 2014 Dry Riesling; Sheldrake Point’s Ice Apple Wine; Sparkling Pointe’s 2011 Blanc de Blancs; Swedish Hill’s Riesling Cuvee; The Champlain Wine Company’s 2014 Full Sail White; The Winery at Marjim Manor’s 2015 Spring Lake Steuben; Thirsty Owl’s 2014 Gewurztraminer; Thorpe Vineyard’s Evening Glow; Treleaven’s 2013 Dry Riesling, and Tug Hill’s 2015 Black Ice.