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More Classic roundup

Detroit News wine columnist Sandra Silfven, who was a judge in the 2008 New York Wine and Food Classic, has written a column on her experience.

Fun fact:

As part of the judging fun, Jim Trezise, president of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, which organized the competition, included ringers in various rounds — remember, judges never know the identity of the wines they judge. We later learned the list of ringers included the 2006 Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay and 2002 Peter Lehmann Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia, both of which got Double Gold.

But she also mentions the 2005 Paumanok Petit Verdot, a gold medal winner. Only 76 cases were made.

I love the way petite verdot is growing out here, and I’ve only tasted it out of barrel before it was used in a blend. I’m interested to taste a wine made only from petit verdot.

The samples I’ve tasted, from Pellegrini and Raphael, were rich and sachet-scented.

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Classic roundup

It’s been a while but I wanted to do a post on the results of the New York Wine and Food Classic, which were resleased last week. As I posted when the results were resleased, the 2006 Bedell Cellars Musée won for best red wine in the state.

I have not tasted the 2006, but I just sold the last two bottles of the 2005 I had a the restaurant this week. I was interested to see how fast they went, given the news that the wine received a 90-point rating from the Wine Spectator. (It also got a bronze in the Classic.) But neither customer mentioned the rating. I think they were visitors on vacation and wishing to splurge. They were not disappointed, but had to be assured that the wine was not made in California. Elegance and subtlety are what thrives on the North Fork. Continue reading

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Classic results are in

From the press release:

Swedish Hill Winery from the Finger Lakes won the coveted “Governor’s Cup” trophy at the 2008 New York Wine & Food Classic competition, held on August 19 & 20 at the Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, NY. The “Winery of the Year” award also went to Swedish Hill Winery.

The elegant Governor’s Cup, a large silver chalice, recognizes the “Best of Show” or top prize of all 775 entries in the Classic, known as “The Oscars” of New York wine. The “Winery of the Year” award is presented to the winery with the best overall showing based on the level and number of awards in relation to entries.

Long Island can curse the results and get back to work.

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