Dr. Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars Wins New York State Governor’s Cup and Named Winery of the Year

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Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars 2011 Semi Dry Riesling from the Finger Lakes Region won the coveted "Governor's Cup" trophy at the 2012 New York Wine & Food Classic competition, held on August 13 & 14 at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel in Watkins Glen, NY.  The "Winery of the Year" award also went to Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars.   


The elegant Governor's Cup, a large silver chalice, recognizes the "Best of Show" or top prize of all 773 entries in the Classic, known as "The Oscars" of New York wine.  The "Winery of the Year" award is presented to the winery with the best overall showing based on the level and number of awards in relation to entries.  


This year's competition included 752 New York wines, 9 Hard Ciders and 12 Spirits from the Long Island, Hudson Valley, Finger Lakes, Niagara Escarpment, Lake Erie, and other regions of New York State. The Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars 2011 Semi Dry Riesling was also voted Best White Wine, Best Overall Riesling and Best Medium Dry Riesling on its way to the ultimate award.  Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars also won one double gold, two gold and four silver medals which contributed to its award as Winery of the Year.


A "Specialty Wine Champion" award was added in 2008 to recognize consistent quality among the increasing number of wines made from fruits other than grapes, or honey.  The 2012 winner was Baldwin Vineyards with the Best Fruit Wine and Best Specialty Wine.


A "Best Limited Production Wine" award went to Anthony Road Wine Company 2009 Riesling, Martini-Reinhardt Selection Series, Martini Vineyards.   


The awards were based on blind tastings by 23 expert judges-4 from California, 10 from New York, 6 from other states, 1 from France and 2 from the United Kingdom.  Judges included prominent wine writers, restaurateurs, retailers, and wine educators.  Judging panels determined the initial awards, with top-scoring wines evaluated by all 23 judges for Best of Category and Governor's Cup awards.   


Celebrating its 27th year, the Classic is organized by Teresa Knapp of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, and is open to all 321 New York wineries from all regions..  In 2012, a total of 33 Double Gold, 95 Gold, 246 Silver, and 255 Bronze medals were awarded.  In addition, "Best of Category" and "Best of Class" designations were awarded to wines rated as the finest in various areas.  Double Gold medals require unanimity among a panel's judges that a wine deserves a Gold medal, whereas Gold medals require a majority vote.


The "Best of Category" awards, all eligible for the Governor's Cup, went to:


Best Sparkling Wine

Atwater Estate Vineyards 2008 Cuvee Brut


Best White Wine

Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars 2011 Riesling, Semi-Dry


Best Blush Wine

Miles Wine Cellars Wisteria


Best Red Wine  

Miles Wine Cellars 2009 Lemberger


Best Dessert Wine

Sheldrake Point Winery 2010 Riesling Ice Wine


Best Specialty Wine

Baldwin Vineyards Trilogy


Best Hard Cider

McKenzie's Hard Cider Black Cherry Hard Cider


Best Spirit

Finger Lakes Distilling Seneca Drums Gin


Best of Class awards go to Double Gold or Gold medal wines in classes of at least 7 wines. The "Best of Class" awards went to:


Best Oaked Chardonnay  

Martha Clara Vineyards 2010 Chardonnay, Estate Reserve


  Best Unoaked Chardonnay

Paumanok Vineyards 2011 Festival Chardonnay


    Best Overall Chardonnay

Paumanok Vineyards 2011 Festival Chardonnay


Best Gewürztraminer  

Sheldrake Point Winery 2011 Gewürztraminer


Best Dry Riesling

Lucas Vineyards 2010 Dry Riesling


 Best Medium Dry Riesling 

Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars 2011 Riesling, Semi-Dry 


Best Medium Sweet Riesling

Belhurst Estate Winery 2011 Riesling, Semi-Dry 


Best Sweet Riesling

Wagner Vineyards 2011 Riesling Select, Estate Bottled & Grown 


Best Overall Riesling

Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars 2011 Riesling, Semi-Dry   


 Best Sauvignon Blanc

Billsboro Winery 2011 Sauvignon Blanc


Best Pinot Gris  

Thirsty Owl Wine Company 2011 Pinot Gris


Best Vinifera White Blend

Atwater Estate Vineyards 2011 Riewurz


Best Vinifera/Hybrid White Blend

Silver Thread Vineyard 2011 Good Earth White


Best Traminette

Goose Watch Winery 2010 Traminette


Best Vidal   

Long Point Winery 2011 Vidal Blanc


Best Hybrid White Blend 

Tug Hill Vineyards Lake Effect  

  Best Cayuga

Lucas Vineyards 2011 Cayuga White


Best Diamond

Goose Watch Winery 2011 Diamond


 Best Catawba

Miles Wine Cellars Wisteria


Best Cabernet Sauvignon     

 Kings Garden Vineyards King's Cab, Estate Grown, Produced & Bottled

Best Merlot   

Bedell Cellars 2008 Merlot


Best Cabernet Franc  

Ventosa Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Franc, Old Vineyard


Best Pinot Noir

 Osprey's Dominion Vineyards 2009 Pinot Noir, Estate Bottled 


Best Lemberger    

Miles Wine Cellars 2009 Lemberger


Best Vinifera Red Blend

Atwater Estate Vineyards 2010 Big Blend 


Best Other Red Vinifera Varietal     

Bedell Cellars 2010 Malbec


Best Concord

Coyote Moon Vineyards Fire Boat Red


Best Mead

Earle Estates Meadery Cherry Charisma


Best Fruit

Baldwin Vineyards Trilogy


Best Spirit

Finger Lakes Distilling Seneca Drums Gin


 Best Late Harvest Wine   

 Anthony Road Wine Company 2011 Sweet Dream         


Best Ice Wine  

Sheldrake Point Winery 2010 Riesling Ice Wine


Best Vinifera Sparkling White

Atwater Estate Vineyards 2008 Cuvee Brut       


Complete 2012 medal results

 Complete list of 2012 judges


Complete results of the 2012 Classic will also soon be posted under "New York Gold" at, which also includes Gold medal New York wines from other major competitions.


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