Finger Lakes wines, especially Rieslings, took some top awards at the Ultimate Wine Challenge, which assigns number scores to the wines as well as designations of Chairman's Trophy or Finalist, and indications if a wine is considerered a "Great Value" based on the combination of quality and price.
All the Finger Lakes wines which achieved either award level were rated Great Values!
Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars made the strongest showing with two "Chairman's Trophy" awards (2011 Pinot Gris, rated 93; and 2011 Semi-Dry Riesling, at 95) along with a "Finalist" designation for the 2012 Dry Riesling (90), which is on a major winning streak at many competitions this year.
Other "Finalists" included Sheldrake Point Winery 2011 Riesling (93) and 2012 Gewurztraminer (91); and Wagner Vineyards 2011 Select Riesling (91), 2011 Semi-Dry Riesling (91), and 2011 Dry Riesling (90).
Finger Lakes Rieslings have truly achieved world-renowned status through competitions like these and other efforts. At the Los Angeles International, of the 30 Rieslings winning gold medals, 13 were from the Finger Lakes, and the region in second place had only four.