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Three area wineries earn gold medals

FINGER LAKES—Three area wineries, Anthony Road Wine Co., Chateau LaFayette Reneau and Dr. Konstantin Frank’s Vinifera Wine Cellars, received gold medals for their Rieslings in the Riesling du Monde (Rieslings of the World) competition held in Alsace, France.
The International competition ended Monday, March 26. The three Finger Lakes wineries to get gold were also the only gold medal winners from the U.S. The majority of the 72 wineries were from France. A total of 516 wines were in the competition.
In addition to the gold medal, Anthony Road also was one of seven to win a Trophy of Excellence. To round out the Finger Lakes winners, three more wineries brought home silver medals. Fox Run Vineyard’s 2008 Reserve Riesling, Keuka Lake Vineyard’s 2008 Goldman Vineyard Dry Riesling and Red Tail Ridge Winery’s 2008 Semi-Dry Riesling won silver.
Dr. Frank’s 2008 Bunch Select Harvest Riesling won the gold medal this year for the winery.
“The Finger Lakes is recognized by many wine writers as the best region in America for Riesling and these new awards reinforce that judgment,” said Fed Frank, owner of Dr. Frank’s, in a prepared statement.
The 2008 Semi-Dry Riesling got Chateau LaFayette a gold medal. It was the winery’s second gold medal in three Rieslings of the World competitions.
Chris Reno, owner, added Chateau LaFayette also won a silver medal for its 2007 Barrel-Fermented Chardonnay the week prior in the Chardonnay du Monde competition.
“It was the best medal the U.S. took in the competition,” said Reno, of the over 1,000 Chardonnays entered into the competition. “It’s indicative of our winery.”
The 2008 Martini-Reinhardt Trockenbeerenauslese was what won Anthony Road a gold medal and a Trophée d’excellence. It was named after Peter Martini, vineyard manager, and Johannes Reinhardt, winemaker.
Peter Martini, owner of Anthony Road, said the Finger Lakes and its Riesling are “showing well on the world stage.” He added Reinhardt was also invited to participate in tasting for the Pinot Gris du Monde and Gewurztraminer du Monde competitions.
 





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