delaware     Yesterday the results of the 2009 New York Food & Wine Classic competition were announced. Two Finger Lakes wineries, out of competitors from the FLX, Lake Erie, Niagara Escarpment, Hudson Valley, Long Island and other regions across New York, won the coveted top two prizes. Cayuga Lake’s Sheldrake Point was named winery of the year and Seneca Lake’s Anthony Road Wine Company’s  2008 Semi-Dry Riesling won the Governor’s Cup for best wine of the year. I’ve visited both wineries and can vouch for their high-quality wines. This year I visited Sheldrake’s Simply Red Bistro with friends and had an outstanding lunch there, too.
     I was very pleased to see the work of talented winemaker Vinny Aliperti garnered several prizes (Best of Class: Billsboro Winery 2008 Riesling for Best Medium Sweet Riesling, Billsboro Winery 2008 Pinot Gris for Best Pinot Gris; Double Gold Medals: Atwater Estate Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Franc, Billsboro Winery 2008 Riesling, Billsboro Winery 2008 Pinot Gris; Gold Medals: Atwater Estate Vineyards 2008 Riesling and Atwater Estate Vineyards 2008 Gewürztraminer). Vinny is the winemaker for both Atwater and Billsboro — an estate winery he runs with his wife, Kim.
     Vinny and Kim were kind enough to answer many questions I had for this novel about running a winery. Their kindness, patience and good suggestions were truly appreciated! Congrats, well deserved!

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