Swedish Hill Winery Wins 10 Gold Medals Including a “Best Sparkling Wine” Award From Two International Wine Competitions
Swedish Hill Winery is proud to announce the addition of 10 new top awards to its accolades from two recent competitions, the Winemaker’s Challenge and the Florida State Fair International Wine Competition. The 10 Gold Medals received include four Double Golds, one Platinum and one “Best of Class” award.
The Winemaker’s Challenge in San Diego is a unique competition in that it is judged by a diverse group of highly acclaimed winemakers from across the United States to taste and evaluate newly released wines. The judges awarded Swedish Hill Gold Medals for their 2012 Riesling, 2012 Blue Waters Chardonnay-Riesling, 2012 Cayuga White, and their Blanc de Blanc that also won a Platinum Medal.
The Platinum Medals are considered the best of the best from the Gold Medalists. Robert Whitley, Director of the Winemaker’s Challenge, gave Swedish Hill’s Blanc de Blanc an “89” with a review of “fruit-driven sparkler shows aromas of grapefruit and tropical fruit and has a hint of sweetness, though the acidity keeps it in balance.” The only other Finger Lakes wine awarded a Platinum Medal at this event was Penguin Bay Winery’s 2012 Riesling, Swedish Hill’s sister winery, which also captured the “Best White Wine” award at the Winemaker’s Challenge.
An additional six Gold Medals were awarded to Swedish Hill at the 26th Annual Florida State Fair International Wine Competition. Swedish Hill was honored with Gold Medals for their 2012 Cayuga White and 2012 Maréchal Foch; Double Gold Medals for their 2012 Reserve Chardonnay, Viking Red and 2011 Cabernet Franc Lemberger; and claimed “Best of Class Sparkling Wine” for their Spumante Blush. This is the Spumante Blush’s second “Best of” award and has thus far claimed six total Gold Medals.
Dave Peterson, Owner of Swedish Hill, is excited how these awards showcase the quality and variety of wines that this region produces. “While Riesling continues to be the Finger Lakes most awarded and talked about wine, the quality of the sparkling wines and some of the other varieties are often overlooked. We currently have multiple dry reds that are winning top honors at international competitions across the country, including these three new Gold Medals, showcasing their quality alongside regions that are traditionally viewed as the premium producers of dry reds. People that don’t think Finger Lakes reds are world class should taste what is now being produced here. ”
Located on the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail and owned by the Peterson Family, Swedish Hill’s tasting room has over 30 different wines, 21 of which are Gold Medalists, that range from dry to sweet white and red wines, sparkling wines, and distilled products.