About a week or so ago, I took our 2018 wine samples to Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park to get labs done and bottling will start soon! That was just about the day I got news that the 2017 vintages we entered in the 34th Annual New York Wine Classic in Watkins Glen earlier this year won big! All of this on the heels of our being named 2019 New York Riesling Winery of the Year in the New York International Wine Competition in New York City just a month ago.
In the New York Wine Classic, our 2017 Dolce Riesling was named Best Late Harvest along with earning a Gold Medal -- another great recognition of the quality of wine from The Lake Effect Vineyard®.
Known as “The Oscars®” of New York wine competitions, the Classic is organized by the New York Wine & Grape Foundation. This year the competition included 883 New York Wines from across the state. A total of 31 Double Gold, 56 Gold, 278 Silver, and 320 Bronze medals were awarded by a panel of more than 20 judges consisting of influential wine writers, wine educators, retailers, restaurateurs and experts from around the state and globe.
Colloca Wines won 2 Gold of the 56 awarded and won for the following wines:
Gold for the 2017 Lake Effect Vineyard® Dolce Riesling
Gold for the 2017 Lake Effect Vineyard® Riesling
Silver for the 2017 Lake Effect Vineyard® Chardonnay
Bronze for the 2017 Lake Effect Vineyard® Dry Riesling
Bronze for Mindy's Giggle Juice® Carbonated Rose Wine
I am immensely proud of the awards, but in some ways, not surprised. Though we're a relatively new winery we're winning against some really well established vineyards because of the special effect we get from being on the shores of Lake Ontario. We enjoy the same macro-climate effect that wines in the Finger Lakes get from those lakes, only it's a much bigger lake with a bigger positive influence.
And, I believe that 2018 and 2019 will be even better. It's an incredible honor to be recognized for all the hard work that goes into making our wines the very best they can be. The weather this year is bringing promises of even better wines for the future.
We have a great team here. We hope you enjoy our wines and our estate as much as we enjoy bringing them to you. -- Chris Colloca, Founder & CEO