NY WIne & Grape Foundation Releases Judges Names

The New York Wine and Grape Foundation (NYWGF) announced this year’s impressive roster of judges for the annual New York Wine Classic competition. Lorraine Hems, Lecturer at the Rochester Institute of Technology and teacher at the New York Kitchen in Canandaigua is this year’s head competition judge accompanied by Jamie Goode, prolific wine journalist, critic, and author of books including “The Science Of Wine”; Doug Frost, Master of Wine, Master Sommelier, author and consultant; and 19 other influential wine educators, retailers, sommeliers, writers, and experts from around the state and globe that will come together for this year’s competition on August 5 – 7 in Watkins Glen, NY. The event is sponsored by Gray Locey, CPA, a full-service accounting firm serving clients throughout the Rochester area.

Known as “The Oscars® of the New York Wine Industry”, the New York Wine Classic features  judges blindly tasting every submission on its own merit. 

This year, the competition’s signature accolade – the Governor’s Cup – is open to all wines, no matter the production size. In 2018, the Governor’s Cup was awarded to Keuka Spring Vineyards for its 2017 Gewürztraminer and the “Winery of the Year” title was bestowed upon Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery from the Finger Lakes Region. Last year’s competition included 853 New York wines from several regions across New York State including Central New York, The Finger Lakes, Lake Champlain, Lake Erie, Long Island, Hudson Valley, Niagara Escarpment, Thousand Islands, and Upper Hudson Valley.

“We’re honored to have such an outstanding lineup of judges join us for this year’s competition,” said Sam Filler, NYWGF Executive Director. “Our 22 judges continue to help us elevate the profile of The New York Wine Classic and we’re looking forward to watching their expertise in action as they judge some of the most incredible wines the state of New York has to offer.”

Additional judges for this year’s competition include: Aimée Lasseigne New, Manager at Bottlerocket Wine & Spirit, NYC; Amy Devahastin, Associate Director of Beverage and Sommelier, Rainbow Room; Amy Zavatto, wine journalist; Dr. Anna Katharine Mansfield, Associate Professor of Enology at Cornell University; Bill Mahoney, Wine Manager for Premium Wine & Spirits, Buffalo; Bree Stock, Master of Wine, Director of Education at Oregon Wine Board and Consultant, Constant Crush Advisors; Chris Gerling, Manager, Vinification & Brewing Laboratory, Cornell AgriTech; Dan Belmont, Wine & Cheese Specialist, Brand Ambassador for Bedales of Borough Market, London UK; Dominick Purnomo, Wine Director & Co-Owner of Yono’s & dp An American Brasserie, Albany; Erin Scala, Diploma Wine & Spirits and Owner of In Vino Veritas Fine Wines; Jill Blume, Enology Specialist for the Purdue University Wine Group Team; Jim Clarke, Speaker, Writer, and Marketing Manager for Wines of South Africa; Lauren Mowery, Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast; Lenn Thompson, Founder of New York Cork Report and Wine Columnist for Suffolk Times; Nick Mautone, Mautone Enterprises LLC; Mary Gorman-McAdams, Master of Wine and Director, International Wine Center; Mollie Battenhouse, Master of Wine, National Director of Wine Education of Jackson Family Wines, and twelve-year instructor at IWC, in NYC; Vitalii Dascaliuc, Sommelier, La Compagnie (Des Vins Surnaturels); and Yannick Benjamin, Head Sommelier, University Club and Co-Founder of Wheeling Forward.

Entries for the 2019 NY Wine Classic are currently open and the entry deadline is July 12th. Please visit newyorkwines.org/new-york-wine-classic to enter and for more information.

About The New York Wine Classic: The New York Wine Classic was created and is annually hosted by The New York Wine & Grape Foundation. Open to all New York State wineries, categories include vinifera wines like Riesling and Cabernet Franc, and hybrid wines like Traminette and Maréchal Foch. The contest also includes categories for wines made from labrusca grapes, other fruits and honey.

About The New York Wine & Grape Foundation (NYWGF): The New York Wine & Grape Foundation promotes the world-class image of New York grapes and wines from the state’s diverse regions to responsibly benefit farmers, producers and consumers through innovative marketing, research, communication, and advocacy. Learn more at www.newyorkwines.org

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