Wine competitions usually are open to anyone willing to pay the entry fee. The Jefferson Cup Invitational Awards is unique in that it is an "invitation only" competition based on how wineries have fared in other competitions around the country.
In this month's 17th annual event, held in Kansas City, MO, the New York State contingent was led by awards for Chateau LaFayette Reneau's 2015 Semi-Dry Riesling, Fox Run Vineyards' 2014 Riesling Lot 11 Lake Dana Vineyard, Seneca Lake, and its 2014 Riesling Lot 11 Hanging Delta Vineyard, Seneca Lake. The Fox Run winners are part of the winery's unique "Geology Series."
In addition, Double Gold medals were awarded to Glenora Wine Cellars' 2015 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, Lamoreaux Landing Winery's 2015 Chardonnay Reserve, and Sheldrake Point Winery's 2015 Dry Riesling.
Gold medals went to Adirondack Winery's 2014 Seyval Blanc; Chateau LaFayette Reneau's 2013 Meritage and its Seyval-Chardonnay; Fox Run's 2012 Blanc de Blancs, and Wagner Vineyards' 2014 Riesling Ice. New York wines also won 27 silver and 16 bronze medals.
The competition was organized by Doug Frost, one of few people in the world to be both a Master of Wine and Master Sommelier.
Go here for full results.