2014 Rock Slide White – Gold Medal Winner!                        2014 Falling Rock Red – Bronze Medal Winner!

This year’s competition included 858 New York wines, 20 Hard Ciders and 32 Craft Spirits from several regions across New York State including Long Island, Hudson Valley, Finger Lakes, Niagara Escarpment and Lake Erie.  The awards were based on blind tastings by 21 expert judges-4 from California, 9 from New York, 6 from other states, and 1 each from Paris and London. Judges included prominent wine writers, restaurateurs, retailers, and wine educators. Judging panels determined the initial awards, with top-scoring wines evaluated by all 21 judges for Best of Category and Governor’s Cup awards.


Celebrating its 30th year, the Classic is organized by Teresa Knapp of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, and is open to all 409 New York wineries from all regions. In 2015, a total of 68 Double Gold, 80 Gold, 351 Silver, and 274 Bronze medals were awarded. In addition, “Best of Category” and “Best of Class” designations were awarded to wines rated as the finest in various areas. Double Gold medals require unanimity among a panel’s judges that a wine deserves a Gold medal, whereas Gold medals require a majority vote