By GREGORY ZELLER //
Long Island can claim bragging rights to New York State’s 2017 Winery of the Year. At least, half of them.
Southold’s Sparkling Pointe Vineyards has earned highest marks in the 2017 New York Wine & Food Classic, sharing the Winery of the Year crown with CK Cellars/Torrey Ridge Winery of the Finger Lakes region.
The New York Wine & Food Classic, marking its 32nd year, is a nationally recognized competition that highlights the state’s world-class selection of homegrown wines, spirits and ciders and complements Albany’s efforts to grow New York’s craft beverage industries.
In a statement announcing the 2017 winners, Gov. Andrew Cuomo highlighted the economic benefits of burgeoning beverage businesses across the state.
“New York’s wineries, distilleries and cideries are driving tourism, creating jobs and strengthening our economy,” Cuomo said. “The annual New York Wine & Food Classic celebrates and recognizes the best of the best of this booming industry.”
The Governor’s Cup trophy, considered the most esteemed of the annual program’s awards, was presented to the 2016 Riesling produced by Buttonwood Grove Winery, also from the Finger Lakes area.
Owned and operated by Cynthia and Tom Rosicki, Sparkling Pointe Vineyards focuses on estate-grown sparkling wines produced in the traditional méthode Champenoise: Their 40-acre vineyard is planted exclusively with classic champagne grape varietals, including pinot noir, pinot meunier and chardonnay.
In addition to Sparkling Pointe Vineyards’ sparkling performance – which also included coveted Double Gold medals for its 2012 Blanc de Blancs and its 2014 Topaz Imperial – several Long Island wineries scored high praise in the annual competition. Other Double Gold winners include:
Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard 2014 Cheval Bleu
Bedell Cellars 2016 Taste White
Clovis Point Vineyard & Winery 2014 Archeology
Harbes Vineyard 2015 Chardonnay Ice Wine (Proprietor’s Reserve)
Harbes Vineyard 2015 Riesling
Hound’s Tree 2015 Cornus Reserve
Jamesport Vineyards 2013 Estate Merlot
Jamesport Vineyards 2014 Late Harvest Riesling Estate
Lieb Cellars 2015 Cabernet Franc Reserve
Lieb Cellars 2012 Sparkling Pinot Blanc Reserve
Martha Clara Vineyards 2014 Northville Red
Martha Clara Vineyards 2016 Soltice Rosé
One Woman Wines & Vineyards (no vintage) White Grappa
Paumanok Vineyards 2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Suhru Wines 2013 Ember
Wolffer Estate Vineyard 2016 Grandioso Rosé
Wolffer Estate Vineyard 2016 Summer In A Bottle Rosé
Wolffer Estate Vineyard 2014 Diosa Late Harvest
Complete results of the 2017 New York Wine & Food Classic – including best-of-show honors for individual Long Island wines in several categories, and a slew of Gold and Silver medals for other Island vinos – are available here.
Regarded by industry insiders as the Academy Awards of New York wine, the Classic is organized by the New York Wine & Grape Foundation and is open to the more than 420 registered wineries across the state. This year’s competition included 958 individual entries – including 915 wines, 27 hard ciders and 16 craft spirits – produced primarily in the Long Island, Hudson Valley, Finger Lakes and Western New York regions.
Noting a “very competitive competition,” New York Wine & Grape Foundation Executive Director Samuel Filler said his organization was proud to “recognize the excellence and diversity of New York’s wines, spirits and ciders.”
“Every entry offers its own unique qualities and we applaud this year’s winners,” Filler said. “We also thank Gov. Cuomo and his administration for their continued support of the New York wine industry.”