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Vidal ice wine is New York’s best

A $30 ice wine made from Vidal blanc grapes, a Northeastern speciality, was chosen New York’s best wine yesterday in the state’s 20th annual contest.

The 2004 white, Fiori delle Stelle, came from Casa Larga, a Finger Lakes winery.

Beginning tomorrow, when the state’s historic direct-shipment law takes effect, consumers in states permitting shipments of New York wines can order winning wines in all categories.

The New York Wine and Grape Foundation, a trade association, sponsored the two-day contest.

Other winners, all from the Lakes region were as follows:

Overall white: Swedish Hill’s 2004 Vidal blanc

Chardonnay: Lamoreaux Landing’s 2002

Dry Riesling: Atwater’s 2004

Semi-dry Riesling: Standing Stone’s 2004

Vinifera sparkling wine: Hermann J. Wiemer’s 2002 blanc de blanc

Pinot Noir: Chateau Lafayette Reneau’s 2002

Cabernet Sauvignon: Lafayette Reneau’s 2001 Owner’s Reserve

From Long Island:

Best Gewürztraminer: Corey Creek’s 2004

Best Merlot: Diliberto’s 2003

Best overall red: Osprey’s Dominion’s 2001 Cabernet Franc

Best vinifera red blend: Pellegrini’s 2001 Vintner’s Pride Encore

Written by Howard G Goldberg in New York

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