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Each summer, USA Todays 10Best.com conducts a reader poll to choose the best of the best in a variety of categories. This program year, the Finger Lakes region was voted #1 in the Best Wine Region category.
New York wines continued to garner praise-worthy attention in international publications throughout 2018 and 2019. Anthony Road Wine Companys 2017 Dry Riesling received a 95 from James Suckling. Eric Asimov, the New York Times Wine Critic, said of the Ravines 2009 Argetsinger Dry Riesling, “maybe the best American Riesling Ive ever had.” Finger Lakes winemaker Nathan Kendall, of Nathan K. Wines, was recognized in Wine Enthusiast Magazines Top 40 Under 40 Tastemakers. Pinot Noir continues to gain traction in New York state, with wines from Hosmer Vineyards and Dr. Konstantin Frank both earning 90 points. Pinot Noir in sparkling form also received high praise from viticulturalist, author and critic Dr. Jamie Goode, giving historical sparkling wine producers Glenora Cellars and Dr. Konstantin Frank a 90, for a 2013 Traditional Method Brut blend of pinot noir and chardonnay, and an 89 for a 2013 Brut Rose, respectively.
Both Long Island and the Hudson Valley received well deserved attention from Forbes and SevenFifty Daily. Age-Worthy Long Island Wines Prove the Regions Longevity, was the title of a Forbes story which also called out the 1999 Merlot from Raphael on the North Fork as being “an elegant beauty, with plump black fruit alongside notes of cassis, licorice, and dried flower petals.” Forbes writer Susan Gordon wrote of the wine production in the Hudson Valley: “Today, the Hudson River Region is rich in quality hybrids and vinifera.” And in SevenFiftyDaily, writer Courtney Schiessl reported on the Long Island Sustainable Wine Growing Group, which is striving to unite not just Long Island, but the entire state to come together on a cohesive, sustainable, growing standard recognized statewide.
Other notable highlights: Vinepair named the Finger Lakes #2 in The Worlds Top 10 Wine Destinations for 2019. Wine Enthusiast published an article, Why You Should Explore Finger Lakes Riesling highlighting five wines to try from: Hosmer Winery, Wagner Vineyards, Damiani Wine Cellars, Bellwether, and Fox Run Vineyards (all scoring above 90 Points). Roman Roth made The Wines Most Inspiring People 2019: Striving for Quality and Uniqueness by Wine Industry Advisor.