Local Medal Winners

The Upper Hudson Valley Wine & Grape Association is pleased to announce that five of our member wineries were awarded medals at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition (“FLIWC”), which was held March 29-30 in Rochester, NY to benefit Camp Good Days. UHVWGA members’ hand crafted wines exhibit proven quality, as their wines were evaluated by a prestigious group of 75 judges standing alongside 3,756 other wines entered from 20 countries. The wineries earned one Double Gold, three Gold, 15 Silver and 14 Bronze medals at the competition.

Swedish Hill Winery, which has a Tasting Room in Saratoga Springs, boasts the win of a Double Gold medal for its 2012 Riesling (one of only three wines to win this award), as well as three Gold medals for its Cabernet Franc (2011), Blue Waters Riesling, and Spumante Blush. The winery also took home six more Silver medals and five Bronze medals from FLIWC. Swedish Hill, which opened in 1985 and is one of the largest New York State wineries, has consistently won over 50 Gold medals per year for the last several years.

Thirsty Owl Wine Company, a Cayuga Lake-based winery that opened a Tasting Room and Café in Saratoga Springs last year, took home five Silver medals for its Cabernet Sauvignon Ice Wine, Diamond, Meritage, Merlot and Riesling wines. The winery also snagged four Bronze medals at the competition. “It’s a thrill for Thirsty Owl to have such a solid showing at the FLIWC.  It gives me tremendous pride to see such a strong performance from our fellow UHVWGA members as well.  Our new trail is gaining significant momentum and with the Taste of Upstate coming in just days, we are really seeing the start of something special.  Thirsty Owl is proud to be a part of that excitement,” said Josh Cupp, who runs Thirsty Owl’s Saratoga location.

Adirondack Winery of Lake George took home four medals, including three silver medals for its Seyval Blanc, Baco Noir and Pink Gem (Niagara Blush); as well as a Bronze medal for its Red Ruby (sweet red blend) wine.  “We are proud to report that with this news, we have accumulated 100 medals for our wines over the past 6 years; very timely as our 6th Anniversary is this month,” said Adirondack Winery President, Sasha Pardy.

Victory View Vineyard won a Silver medal at FLIWC for its Lafayette wine, which is a blend of 98% Maréchal Foch and 2% Marquette grapes that grow at their vineyard in North Easton, Washington County. The farm winery also took home Bronze medals for its Charlotte, Fieldstone and Turning Point wines which are also made from grapes grown in their vineyard. “We are pleased that all four of our wines from our first commercial vintage have been met with such positive feedback and we are thrilled to have earned medals at this prestigious competition,” said Gerry Barnhart, Co-Owner of Victory View Vineyard and President of the UHVWGA.

Amorici Vineyard was awarded with a Bronze medal for its Cabernet Franc at the FLIWC. “Respect nature and nature will respect you,” said long-time winemaker, Joe Messina. Located in Valley Falls, Amorici Vineyard grows four varieties of cold hardy, northern grapes – Aromella, Kay Gray, Frontenac and Marquette – and sources additional grapes from the Finger Lakes and Long Island regions.

At the Taste of Upstate Wine, Food & Music Festival at the Saratoga Springs City Center on April 19th, attendees will have an excellent opportunity to try and buy several of these award winning wines at booths manned by the UHVWGA member wineries.

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