A sparkling Riesling from New York's Finger Lakes region has taken the top prize at the 25th New York Wine & Food Classic competition.
Swedish Hill Riesling Cuvée NV, which sells for US$18 (£11.50), was awarded the Governor’s Cup for best in show.
Dick Peterson, owner of Swedish Hill, one of the largest wineries in the region, told decanter.com production of the sparkling Riesling was very limited.
‘We have had significant Riesling shortages in recent years and felt we had to concentrate on our varietal Rieslings or not have enough to make anything. This year we decided to bring it back, and I now wish we’d made more than four hundred cases,’ he said.
For the second year running, Sheldrake Point Vineyards – also in the Finger Lakes – won Winery of the Year.
The wines were evaluated by 22 judges from the US and two from the UK.
Written by Maggie Rosen