The Finger Lakes AVA Riesling Challenge, which will take place on April 4, 2014, is an integral part of the Wine Symposium of the Finger Lakes. Trophies will be presented to the winners of the Riesling Challenge at the Grand Tasting on June 13, 2014.
Wineries from within the Finger Lakes AVA who produce wines using grapes grown in the AVA, and that comply with AVA regulations, are invited to submit Rieslings for them Finger Lakes AVA Riesling Challenge. Judged exclusively by Finger Lakes winemakers, this competition provides the opportunity for wineries to showcase the strength of their vineyards, their cellars and the unique microclimate of the Finger Lakes region. The awarding of honors to wines based on the International Riesling Foundation’s (IRF) Riesling Taste Profile supplemented with an additional Dessert class will highlight the different attributes of the cool-climate wine. Such a competition will demonstrate the Finger Lakes’ role as a top-quality producer of this varietal and introduce consumers to the best representations of Finger Lakes Rieslings. Competition registration deadline is extended to March 17, 2014. Wines must be received by Friday, March 21, 2014.