The event, held at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck as part of the annual Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival, drew 111 entries -- 94 wines, 13 ciders and four spirits, evaluated by 16 judges.
To qualify for the competition, all entries were required to be produced and bottled in the Hudson River Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area) with fruit from the Hudson River Valley or elsewhere in New York State. The event was organized by the Hudson Valley Wine & Grape Association, under the leadership of Debbie Gioquindo. The major results:
Winery of the Year: Tie between Tousey Winery of Germantown and Benmarl Winery of MarlboroGo here for a complete list of wineries and awards.
Best in Show/Best Wine: Whitecliff Vineyard's 2016 Vidal Blan
Best Rosé: Tousey Winery's 2016 Rebellion Rosé
Best Sparkling Wine: Benmarl's 2012 Blanc de Blanc
Best Red Wine: Robibero Family Vineyards' 2013 Cabernet Franc
Best Fruit Wine: Christopher Jacobs Winery's Appleoosa
Best Dessert Wine: Brotherhood Winery's Late Harvest Riesling
Best Cider: Brooklyn Cider's 2016 Half Sour
Best Spirit: Hudson Valley Distillers' Clear Mountain Gin
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