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Area winery places in New York wine competition

A Chautauqua County winery is one of 25 winners in the 2021 New York Wine Classic.

The Johnson Estate’s 2018 estate grown Traminette is winner in the Best Traminette category in the competition. The New York Wine Classic is organized by the New York Wine & Grape Foundation.

“Congratulations to the winners of the New York Wine Classic, and to all the wineries who entered this most prestigious competition,” said Richard Ball, state agriculture commissioner. “New York state’s wine makers continue to set themselves apart and produce some of the very best wines in the world. I am pleased that, despite the challenges we have all faced this year, we have been able to recognize and celebrate the diverse and unique array of wineries that call New York home.”

Judging for The New York Wine Classic took place from Nov. 1, 2020, through Feb. 15 and included 607 entries from 96 wineries from across the state. A total of 1 Platinum, 138 Gold, 355 Silver, and 104 Bronze medals were awarded. For the first time ever, the foundation partnered with the Beverage Testing Institute to judge wines submitted from across New York state.

“Best of Category” winners, as well as the prestigious Governor’s Cup and Winery of the Year awards will be announced live online on March 18, via Zoom and on the New York Wine & Grape Foundation Facebook page. The Governor’s Cup, a large silver chalice, recognizes the “Best of Show” or top prize in the New York Wine Classic. The “Winery of the Year” award is presented to the winery with the best overall showing based on the level and number of awards in relation to entries.

New York Wine Classic winners will be featured at additional virtual events later this year. More information can be found at newyorkwines.org/classic.

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