The Riverside International Wine Competition, run by esteemed California wine writer and Riesling aficianado Dan Berger, includes a special section for International Riesling Foundation trophies based on the IRF Riesling Taste Profile categories: Dry, Medium Dry, Medium Sweet, and Sweet.
The winners of two of the four trophies went to New York wines: Dr. Konstantin Frank 2012 Dry Riesling, and Wagner Vineyards 2011 Semi-Dry Riesling.
In addition, of the 31 wines from around the world that won Gold or above, including Best of Class, and Chairman's Award (equivalent to Double Gold), a majority--16 of 31--went to Finger Lakes Rieslings, compared with 6 from California, 2 each from Australia, Pennsylvania and Washington, and 1 each from British Columbia, Germany, and Michigan.
New York's other Best of Class award included Belhurst Estate Winery 2012 Semi-Dry Riesling.
Additional Chairman's Awards (equal to Double Gold) were given to Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2011 Dry Riesling; and Glenora 2011 Riesling Select Harvest.
Gold medals went to Anyela's 2011 Sweet Riesling; Belhurst 2012 Dry Riesling; Dr. Frank 2012 Semi-Dry Riesling and 2012 Riesling Reserve; Fox Run 2010 Dry Riesling, Lake Dana Vineyard; Keuka Spring 2012 Riesling and 2012 Semi-Sweet Riesling; Sheldrake Point 2011 Riesling; Swedish Hill 2011 Riesling; Thirsty Owl 2012 Dry Riesling; and Ventosa 2011 Riesling, New Vineyard.
During the past several years, Finger Lakes Rieslings have earned international acclaim, as evidenced by impressive results like these in many competitions--as well as the 2010 Tierce Dry Riesling being served at the Presidential Inaugural Luncheon in January. The secrets of success: collaboration among growers and winemakers; research and communication by Cornell; and multi-faceted promotion at several levels.