I reported that Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards' 2014 Vidal Ice Wine won "Best of Show" honors at the International Eastern Wine Competition/East Meets West in Sonoma, CA.
This Saturday, I can report that the same wine just took "Best of Class" honors at the Great American International Wine Competition in Rochester.
This particular ice wine may be the all-time best produced by the Schuyler County winery in terms of awards. Earlier the same wine, bottled in September 2014, earned Double Gold in the New York State Fair Commercial Wine Competition; "Best of Show," "Best Late Harvest/Dessert Wine," "Best of Class" and Double Gold in the International Eastern test. It retails for $45 for the 375ml bottle.
The Rochester judges were very favorable overall to Hazlitt, awarding Double Gold to its Light Port and Gold to its Red Cat, Cider Tree, and 2013 Gewurztraminer.
Another "Best of Class" winner in Rochester was Wagner Vineyards' 2015 Semi-Dry Riesling, while its 2015 Dry Riesling won a Double Gold.
Other Double Gold winners: Merritt Estate's Bella Ice, and Silver Springs' Merlot. Gold medals: 240 Days' 2015 Rose, Atwater's 2014 Dry Riesling, Chateau Lafayette Reneau's 2015 Late Harvest Riesling, Coyote Moon's Fire Boat Red, Glenora's 2015 Vidal Blanc Iced Wine, Idol Ridge's 2014 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine, Knapp's 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon and its 2014 Dry Riesling, Long Point's 2014 Syrah, Montezuma's Ice Apple Cider, and Schulze's Catawba.
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