A Cayuga Lake winery was the top New York winemaker in the estimate of judges at the recent Long Beach Grand Cru competition in Palos Verdes, CA.
Goose Watch Winery’s 2014 Cabernet Franc Rosé was the “Sweepstakes” (best of show) winner. Goose Watch also won Gold medals for its 2014 Traminette and 2013 Cabernet Franc Ice, while sister winery Swedish Hill took a Double Gold for 2014 Vignoles, as well as Golds for its 2014 Blue Waters Riesling and 2014 Riesling.
The “Sweepstakes” accolade is nothing new for the winery’s rosés. Its 2012 and 2013 vintages took home numerous medals in a variety of top-flight comeptitions such as the Riverside International, the Finger Lakes International, the San Franchsco Chronicle Wine Competition, and the Indy International.
The Goose Watch and Swedish Hill entries were not the only ones from New York State scoring big in the competition. “Chairman’s Awards” for best in class, plus Double Golds, went to a 2013 Riesling from Anyela’s Vineyards of Skaneateles; a 2012 Marquette from Coyote Moon Vineyards of the Thousand Islands; a 2014 Gewurztraminer, a 2014 Snow Owl, and a 2013 Diamond from Thirsty Owl Winery of Cayuga Lakeé, and a 2013 Fathom from Wagner Vineyards Estate Winery of Seneca Lake. Coyote Moon also was awarded a Double Gold, although not a best in class, for its 2013 Marquette.
Double Gold medals are awarded to entries unanimously picked by an individual tasting panel, while Gold comes by a majority vote of a panel. A complete lost of award winners in all categories is available online from the New York Wine & Grape Foundation.
Goose Watch Winery began production in 1997 under ownership of the Peterson Family, also owners of Swedish Hill and Penguin Bay. It consists of 120 acres of land overlooking Cayuga Lake, 21 acres of which are dedicated to vineyards of six different grape varieties. The initial production at Goose Watch was 6,000 cases and has grown to more than 15,000 annually. The winery also has satellite tasting rooms in Saratoga Springs and Lake Placid.