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TEMECULA, Calif. – Swedish Hill Winery from New York’s Finger Lakes was named the winner of the trophy for Winery of the Year on Thursday at the 2012 Riverside International Wine Competition.
The 31st annual competition, judged over three days by a professional panel of 48 judges at South Coast Resort and Spa, evaluated more than 1,950 wines and Swedish Hill’s total medal count of 14, out of 17 submissions, included six gold medals, one of them unanimous. The winery also earned eight silver medals.
The competition, coordinated by wine columnist Dan Berger, also awarded two special trophies to Canadian wineries, one to JoieFarm, a Terroir Award, and another to Wild Goose for best Small Winery of the Year.
Sutter Home, a brand of Trinchero Wine Estates, was named Value Winery of the Year for its superb showing with a wide range of wines all selling for well under $10 a bottle.
The four trophies for best Riesling, sponsored by the International Riesling Foundation, went to:
Dry: 2011 St. Michelle Dry Riesling, Columbia Valley
Medium Dry: 2011 Keuka Spring Vineyards, Finger Lakes, N.Y.
Medium Sweet: 2010 Jacob Demmer Riesling Auslese, Rheinhessen, Germany
Sweet: 2011 St. Julian, Lake Michigan Shore, Michigan.
The five sweepstakes awards were earned by:
Sparkling: nonvintage Korbel Brut Rosé, Sonoma County
Rosé: 2011 Valley of the Moon Rosado di Sangiovese, Sonoma Valley
White: 2011 Wild Goose Dry Gewurztraminer, Okanagan Valley
Red: 2010 Jeff Runquist Barbera, Amador County, Dick Cooper Vineyards
Dessert: 2009 Arrowhead Spring Vidal Ice Wine, Lockport, N.Y.
Complete results are available on the competition web site, www.RiversideWineCompetition.com, which includes an easy-to-use and infinitely sortable database.