2019 ASWA Gold Medal Other White Hybrid/Native American

ASWA winner Grace Tyler Brianna2018 Brianna by Grace Tyler Estate Winery, LLC., NY – Rick and Liz Hamilton both have backgrounds in chemistry, and were active in the Northern New York Grape Growers Association. Liz takes care of the vineyard while Rick makes the wine.

Made with estate-grown grapes, this 100% Brianna is low in alcohol – 10.7% – and lightly sweet with 2.5 rs. Grapes were harvested at low brix  to highlight citrus, floral, and tropical notes. Great balance of acidity and sweetness.

2019 ASWA Gold Medal Sparkling Vinifera

ASWA award winner Lamoreaux2014 Blanc de Blanc by Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars, NY Finger Lakes 100% chardonnay

Refined notes of brioche harmonize with distinct citrus and pear notes in this 100% chardonnay sparkler. Made in the traditional methode champenoise with extended lees aging (4 years), giving a long creamy finish.

2019 ASWA Gold Medal Riesling

ASWA award winner Wagner2017 Semi-Dry Riesling by Wagner Vineyards, NY Finger Lakes. Four vineyards contributed the fruit in this 100% riesling blend. Fermented in stainless steel, flavors of white peach and citrus dominate. 1.82 residual sugar.

Dating to 1979, Wagner Vineyards is currently under the direction of the 4th and 5th generations of the Wagner family.

2019 ASWA Gold Medal Berry Wine

ASWA award winner 21 Brix Winery2018 Raspberry by 21 Brix Winery, NY:  Lake Erie

Tart and sweet (9% residual sugar!), this dessert specialty is made from locally grown raspberries. Very intense raspberry flavors! #SWEETERSHARED

2019 ASWA Gold Medal Sparkling Vinifera

ASWA winner 21 Brix Winery2016 Brutella by 21 Brix Winery, NY: A crisply sparkling 100% Chardonnay from the Lake Erie AVA on Olde Chautaugua Farms.

Why a pink elephant? “When we opened our doors in 2011, we received many phone calls asking where exactly we were located… until we could have a roadside sign created, we figured a life-size elephant located near the road was the next best thing to draw people’s attention…” Of course!

 

2919 ASWA Best of Category Winner Gewurztraminer

ASWA winner Lamoreaux2017 Dry Gewurztraminer by Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars, NY. From the Finger Lakes AVA, this estate-bottled 100% gewurztraminer was fermented in stainless steel to maintain lush aromas of blossom, lychee and spice.

A hint of ginger and spice on the palate make this the perfect accompaniment to Asian and Mexican cuisine or even your holiday turkey.

 

2019 ASWA Best of Category Winner Bordeaux-Style Red Blends

ASWA winner Whitecliff Vineyard2015 Sky Island Red Wine by Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery, NY.  Owner Michael Migliore holds a master’s degree in organic chemistry at SUNY, New Paltz and works closely with Cornell Cooperative Extension testing new grape varieties.

This nicely-aging classic bordeaux blend consists of 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 9% Petit Verdot, and 5% Malbec.

 

2019 ASWA Best of Category Winner Cabernet Sauvignon

ASWA winner 21 brix red2017 Cabernet Sauvignon by 21 Brix Winery, NY

From 21 Brix Winery’s Olde Chautaugua Farms at Lake Erie, this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is rich and smooth, aged in French and American oak for 14 months giving distinct notes of cocoa, cinnamon, and hints of vanilla. Under vine since the 1950’s, the 250 acre farm is helmed by the family’s 3rd generation.

2019 Best of Show

Dr.Konstantin.Frank.CelebreCélèbre By Dr. Konstantin Frank, NY

Dr. Konstantin Frank Sparkling Célèbre (n/v) is a sparkling Finger Lakes AVA riesling made with estate-grown grapes from the shale-dominant Keuka Vineyard. Grapes were hand-picked and only the gentle first pressing was used in this cuvee. The sparkler was made in the traditional champagne method, wherein the secondary fermentation that produces fine bubbles takes place in each individual bottle. It is cremant in style, that is, slightly sweet, with notes of apple, honey and spice.

Meaghan Frank, the 4th generation of the Frank family at the helm of this great American winery, says, “We’ve been making the Célèbre Sparkling Riesling for nearly 30 years now, it was the brainchild of my grandfather Willy Frank and has become our most popular sparkling wine in our lineup. We couldn’t be more thrilled about winning the ‘Best of Show’ from the prestigious Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition.”

Though labeled a non-vintage, all the juice for this particular bottling came from the 2016 vintage. Dr. Frank’s Sparkling Winemaker Eric Bauman gives more background on the winner: “The 2016 vintage was one of the hottest, sunniest, and driest we can remember, making this release of Célèbre particularly special. The grapes enjoyed a long growing season allowing them to develop with greater concentration. The Célèbre combines exactly what we do best, sparkling + Riesling here in the Finger Lakes.”

2018 ASWA CATEGORY WINNER Fortified Wine

ASWA winner Deer Run DocksideDeer Run Winery Dockside NV, New York

On Conesus Lake in NY’s Finger Lakes AVA, Deer Run produces this yummy dessert wine, aged on bourbon barrel staves. It’s made with 60% frontenac and 40% noiret grapes. Frontenac gives a cherry/chocolate note and noiret contributes light spice. Smoky with dark cherry notes and a warm woody essence, the wine was fortified to 15.5%. Suggested retail: $18.99