Hudson Valley awards go to extremes

Winners in the 2007 Hudson Valley Commercial Wine Competition ranged from the nation's oldest winery to one of its newest.

The competition, sponsored by the Hudson Valley Wine & Grape Association, was for New York wineries in an area ranging from south of Albany, the state capital, to the outskirts of New York City, flanking the Hudson River.

The award for "Best White Wine" went to Brotherhood Winery's 2005 Seyval Blanc. Brotherhood, located in Washingtonville in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, was founded in 1839.

The Cornell Cup for "Best Hudson River Region (AVA) Wine" went to Brookview Station Winery's 2006 Semi-Dry Apple Wine. Brookview is located at Goold Orchards in Castleton, just southeast of Albany. Although the orchard complex has been in the family for several generations, the fruit winery is a new enterprise.

The Best of Show Cup went to Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery's American Fruits Cherry (Sour) Liquor, and Best Red Table Wine went to Oak Summit Vineyard's 2005 Pinot Noir.

These awards and other gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded at a March 24 awards dinner at Stoutridge Vineyards in Marlboro.

The gold medalists by category:

Sparkling Grape: Baldwin Vineyards, Memories.

Chardonnay: Millbrook Vineyard & Winery, 2005 Castle Hill Chardonnay.

White Hybrid: Brotherhood Winery, 2005 Seyval Blanc.

White/Riesling & Flowery: Adair Vineyards, 2006 Cayuga White.

Pinot Noir: Oak Summit Vineyard, 2005 Pinot Noir.

Cabernet Franc: Millbrook Vineyards & Winery, 2005 Proprietor's Special Reserve.

Merlot: Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery, 2005 Merlot.

Red Hybrid: Benmarl, 2005 Baco Noir.

Cabernet Sauvignon: Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery, 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon.

Sparkling Fruit: Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery, Doc's Hard Apple Cider.

Apple/Pear: Brookview, Semi-Dry Apple.

Other Fruit: Adair Vineyard, 2006 Peach.

Dessert Non-Fortified: Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery, American Fruits Cherry (Sour) Liquor.

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