Winning the Governor’s Cup

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new york times article - "Finger Lakes Riesling is new york wine star" august 24th, 2001

Wow. That was cool!

I do remember pretty well… Just two years after we had opened up the doors to the Winery & Bistro we had entered a few wines in the New York Wine & Grape Foundation’s state wide competition. The top award, best of show, was the “Governor’s Cup”. Especially in that era, the Governors Cup award was without question the most recognized and respected award in the world… at least with customers and retailers in upstate NY.

Well, I got the phone call from Teresa (or maybe it was Susan), at the NYW&GF to say “…your 2000 Riesling has been awarded the Governor’s Cup…” and I said “Great!” and finished the call with some pleasant chit chat. Then a few hours later, the phone began to ring.

At the time, our production was pretty small and we had just started selling our wine to just handful of stores. And we had recently released the 2000 Riesling, with a total of around 500 cases left. Well, by the time the phone stopped ringing a week or two later we had our wine in several hundred accounts and the Riesling was gone!! Wow. That was cool!!

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