2015 Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits Competition Results by Debbie Gioquindo

On Saturday September 6, 2014, the Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits Competition was held at the Hudson Valley Wine Festival located at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, New York.

The wines and spirits were judged by 17 judges of various industry backgrounds.  There were 105 entries of which 10 were Hudson Valley Spirits, 4 Hudson Valley Ciders and 91 Hudson Valley Wines.

A little video of the behind the scenes of the competition and the results follow.


2014 Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits Competition Results by Debbie Gioquindo


2014 Annual Meeting, February 13.


Schedule of HVWGA events:

Monthly peer review  wine evaluations

  • January: Chardonnay & Seyval
  • February 19, at Benmarl Winery, 6PM, Riesling, Traminette, Gewürztraminer
  • March 19, at Benmarl Winery, 6PM, White Hybrid Blends, Cayuga, Vidal
  • April 22, at Benmarl 6pm  Sparkling wine & cider
  • May TBD, hybrid Reds, Dechaunac, Marquette, Frontenac, Noiret, Baco
  • June TBD, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Gamay, Merlot, Cab Sauvignon
  • July TBD, Red Blends
  • August TBD, Port, desert, Fruit, Sherry wines


  • Tannin Management
  • Fortified wine production, Port & Sherry
  • Blending for Balance

 Hudson Valley Wine Competition, September 6th, Duchess Co Fair Grounds

  • Deadline for Entries, 8-1-2014
  • Volunteers needed to work the Judging, free admission to HV Wine Festival & lunch.

Grape Leaf stem (Petiole ) Analysis

Total nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, sulfur, zinc, copper, iron, boron and manganese. Free to HVWGA members. One per paid up Member, limit of 20 total samples. Additional samples from members at $24 per. Members responsible for collecting petiole samples at full bloom, 80% cap fall. HVWGA will collect and ship samples.

HVWGA Yearly Dues, $25, submitted no later than 3/31/14.

All events are free to members with paid up dues. Event price for non-members $15 each.


Winery of the Year

Millbrook Vineyards & Winery

Best in Show

Hudson-Chatham 2010 Merlot Reserve

Best Overall Hudson Valley Wine (made with Hudson Valley Fruit)

Millbrook Vineyard & Winery 2012 Tocai Friulano Proprietor’s Special Reserve

Best Sparkling

Brotherhood “America’s Oldest” Winery

 B- Sparkling

Best in Category – White Wine

Brotherhood “America’s Oldest” Winery

2012 Riesling

Best in Category –  Red Wine

Hudson-Chatham 2010 Merlot Reserve

Best Spirit

Hudson Whiskey – Hudson Manhattan Rye

Best Rosé

Brookview Station Winery  Sunset Charlie

Best Fruit Wine

Baldwin Vineyards Trilogy

Best Dessert Wine

Hudson-Chatham Bannerman’s Castle Amber Cream

 Medals by Winery

Amorici Vineyard

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon – Bronze Medal

2012 Cabernet Franc – Bronze Medal

Baldwin Vineyards

Trilogy – Double Gold

Raspberry – Gold

Strawberry – Silver

Bashakill Vineyards

2012 Wood Duck (Chardonnay) – Gold Medal

2012 Barn Owl (Gewurztraminer) – Gold Medal

2011 Black Bear Reserve (Cabernet Franc) – Gold Medal

2011 Bow Fin – Gold Medal

2012 Dragon Fly (Lemberger) – Silver Medal

2012 Osprey – Silver Medal

2012 Estate White Tail – Silver Medal

2012 Hummingbird – Silver Medal

2012 White Tail Bronze Medal

Benmarl Winery

2012 Semi Dry Riesling – Double Gold Medal

2012 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay – Gold Medal

2012 Semi Sweet Riesling – Silver Medal

2011 Slate Hill Red – Silver Medal

2011 Baco Noir – Silver Medal

2012 Dry Rosé – Silver Medal

2012 Steel Fermented Chardonnay – Bronze

Black Dirt Distilling

Warwick Rustic Gin – Silver Medal

Black Dirt Apple Jack – Silver Medal

Brimstone Hill Vineyard

2012 Riesling – Silver Medal

2012 Seyval Blanc – Bronze Medal

Cayuga White – Bronze Medal

Brookview Station Winery

Sunset Charlie – Gold Medal

Porters Port – Gold Medal

Merlot – Silver Medal

Frontenac – Silver Medal

Whistle Stop White – Silver Medal

Conductors Cassis – Silver Medal

Oh, What a Pear – Bronze Medal

Brotherhood “America’s Oldest” Winery

2012 Riesling – Double Gold Medal

 B-Sparkling – Gold Medal

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon – Silver Medal

2012 Pinot Noir – Silver Medal

2012 Dry Riesling – Bronze Medal

2011 Merlot – Bronze Medal

Grand Monarque – Bronze Medal

Clinton Vineyards

2012 Victory White – Double Gold Medal

Cassis – Gold Medal

Romance – Gold Medal

Seyval Naturel – Silve Medal

Desire – Bronze Medal

Glorie Farm Winery

2011 Cabernet Franc – Gold Medal

2012 Jumpin Jazz – Gold Medal

2012 Peach – Gold Medal

2012 World – Silver Medal

Hudson-Chatham Winery

2010 Merlot Reserve – Double Gold Medal

Raspberry Ruby – Double Gold Medal

Bannerman’s Castle Amber Cream – Double Gold Medal

Highlands Ruby – Gold Medal

2011 Baco Noir Reserve – Silver Medal

2010 Empire Silver Medal

2011 Baco Noir Old Vines – Bronze Medal

2011 Chelois – Bronze Medal

Hudson River Valley Red – Bronze Medal

Hudson Whiskey

Hudson Manhattan Rye – Double Gold Medal

Hudson Four Grain Bourbon – Double Gold Medal

Hudson Baby Bourbon – Silver Medal

Hudson Single Malt Whiskey – Silver Medal

Hudson New York Corn Whiskey – Bronze Medal

Kettleborough Cider House

Kettleborough Cider House Dry Cider – Silver Medal

Magnanini Farm Winery

Grappa – Double Gold Medal

Bianco Amabile – Gold Medal

Seyval – Silver Medal

DeChaunac – Silver Medal

Harvest Gold – Silver Medal

Spring Blush – Silver Medal

Rosso DaTavola – Bronze Medal

Millbrook Vineyards & Winery

2011 Proprietor’s Special Reserve Chardonnay – Double Gold

2012 Tocai Friulano Proprietor’s Special Reserve – Double Gold

2010 Block Three East Cabernet Franc – Silver Medal

Hunt Country Rosé – Silver Medal

2012 Dry Riesling – Bronze Medal

Naked Flock Hard Cider

Original – Gold Medal

Draft Hard Cider – Silver Medal

Robibero Winery

2012 Cabernet Franc – Double Gold Medal

2012 Traminette Gold Medal

2012 87 North Gold Medal

2011 Arctic Riesling – Silver Medal

2012 Vinomad – Silver Medal

Tousey Winery

2012 Chardonnay – Double Gold

2012 Estate Riesling – Silver Medal

2012 Dry Riesling – Silver Medal

2012 Rebellion Rosé – Bronze Medal

Tuthilltown Spirits

Half Moon Dry Gin – Silver Medal

Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery

2012 Chardonnay – Gold Medal

2012 Reserve Gamay Noir – Gold Medal

2012 Merlot-Malbec – Gold Medal

Sparkling Wine – Gold Medal

2012 Rosé – Silver Medal

2012 Traminette – Bronze Medal

Call for Entries

Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits Competition

Under the auspices of The Hudson Valley Wine & Grape Association 

Deadline: Wednesday, August 21, 2013

 DearHudsonValleyWinemaker & Distiller,

We are proud to announce the Eighth Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits Competition.  We continue to improve on our past years’ of success with articles in the New York Times, the Times Herald Record, The Hudson Valley Table, Hudson Valley Wine Magazine,  and numerous other regional media and blogs.   The wineries that have entered in the past received great reviews and far-reaching publicity, as well as placement in restaurants such as Peter Kelly’s X20.

I have heard it from more than one judge that the quality of the wines entered has improved with each succeeding year, and I would say along with it the reputation of our wine region. This year’s competition should be more exciting than ever.  More judges have been added and from a wider range of the wine industry, including sommeliers, wine writers, critics, educators and retailers.

We are staging this event to highlight the quality of our region’s wines and spirits and the public’s increasing interest in them. The wines and spirits will be judged by a panel of distinguished wine experts on Saturday September 7, 2013 at the Hudson Valley Wine Festival, Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck NY. In addition, all wineries that enter the competition will be listed, linked and Facebooked on the Hudson Valley Wine Fest site.  I will also be doing two presentations (one on Saturday, one on Sunday) about the wine region, wineries and winning wines.  Last year after my presentation on Sunday, many people went directly to the winery table to purchase after tasting the wines of the seminar.

  • Awards will be announced after the competition at the Hudson Valley Wine Festival.
  • As winning wines are announced if winery is present at wine festival, a tent card will be placed at their booth announcing their medal and winning wine.
  • The highest scoring wine in each major category (White, Red, Fruit, Dessert, Sparkling, and Rosé) as well as the Spirits will be honored at yet to be determined event.
  • A Winery of the Year will be awarded to the winery with the highest average scores.
    • Winery must enter at least 4 wines to be eligible
  • All winners will be posted at  http://www.HVWGA.com.
  • A press release with the complete list of awards will be sent to local media and the wine press following the competition.

The Judging Process

2013 Judges

  • The judging is structured as a blind tasting
  • Each entry receives a unique number which follows the wine through the judging
  • We use the American Wine Society 20 point scale
  • Each panel evaluates the wine by class on an individual basis.  We don’t judge by price categories.  Judges confer to decide all awards; a consensus of panel members determines all medals. Each panel makes the final decision for its wines; results are never altered after the judges make their final decision.
  • Judges award all medals through a process of deliberation, discussion, and voting. Agreement is reached through discussion.
  • All judges evaluate wines deemed worthy of judging for sweepstakes awards.
  • Our goal is not to award an unending string of medals, which could make the results of the competition suspect. We offer the expertise of qualified judges in a controlled setting that benefits the Hudson Valley wine industry. 

Awards to be Presented:

  • Winery of the Year – this award is giving to the winery with the highest average score.  Winery must enter 4 or more wines to be considered for this award
  • Best in Show – Highest ranking wines get judged by all judges and voted on.  The wine with the most votes wins
  • Best overall Hudson Valley Wine – The best wine made with 100% Hudson Valley fruit.
  • Best Sparkling Wine – The best sparkling wine
  • Best White Wine – The best white wine
  • Best Red Wine – The best red wine
  • Best Spirit – The best spirit
  • Double Gold Medal – Awarded to a wine that has won a Gold medal with unanimous vote by the entire panel.
  • Gold Medal – Awarded to a wine exhibiting perfect varietal character, balance, and structure, and containing exceptional qualities.
  • Silver Medal – Awarded to a wine showing beautiful balance and excellence; a wine extremely well made.
  • Bronze Medal – Awarded to a wine that has character and achieves significantly more than an average wine; a tribute to wine making skill.

Please note that the deadline for entry forms and fees is Wednesday, August 21.

We are proud to continue what we hope to be a magnificent perennial event forHudsonValleywineries and distilleries and look forward to seeing you and your wines and spirits there.

Competition Committee Chair

Debbie Gioquindo, CSW, WLS

How to Enter

To Qualify

The competition is open to any wine or spirits produced & bottled in the Hudson Valley AVA made from  100%  New York State fruit  OR wine made anywhere from 100% Hudson Valley fruit.

All wines and spirits entered must be commercially available in New York State at the time of the competition.

To compete in the category of Hudson Valley AVA Wine, the wine must have been made from at least 75%HudsonValleyproduce.

An entry consists of three (3) 750ml or 375 ml bottles.  Entry fee is $30 per entry.

No exceptions will be made. 

We reserve the right to eliminate entries and retract awards given if these rules have not been followed. 

Entry Form

The entry forms are listed below. Click the link to download them. You are welcome to make additional copies of the entry form.  Please fill out the form thoroughly for each wine (we are not responsible for wines entered in an incorrect class).

2013 Entry Form Cover Sheet

2013 Wine Entry Form

2013 Wine Entry Categories

2013 Spirit Entry Form

2013 Spirit Entry Categories

Entry Fee

$30 per wine or spirit.  Make checks payable to: Hudson Valley Wine & Grape Association.

Deadline for Forms and Fees: August 21, 2013.

All entry forms, wine and checks payable to the Hudson Valley Wine & Grape Association must be submitted and received by August  21, 2013

Please mail forms and check to:

Hudson Valley Wine Competition

c/o Debbie Gioquindo

65 Rombout Road

Poughkeepsie NY 12603

Do not enclose forms and checks inside wine cases!

Deadline for Delivery/Shipment of Bottles: Wednesday August 21, 2013.

  • Three (3) 750ml or 375ml bottles per wine entered

The earlier it is delivered, the better shape it will be in for judging.  It is the winery’s responsibility to see to the delivery of its samples to the following address or arrange for pick-up:


c/o Debbie Gioquindo

65 Rombout Rd

Poughkeespie NY  12603

Telephone: (914) 474-7780


On Saturday, September 8 the Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits Competition was held at the Hudson Valley Wine Festival.  Fourteen judges tasted 67 wines and spirits.

The 2012 Hudson Valley Wine Competition Winners are:

2012 Hudson Valley Wine Competition Results

Dear Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits Producers,


The Hudson Valley Wine & Grape Association is proud to announce the 2012 Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits Competition, which will be judged by a panel of distinguished wine experts on Saturday September 8, 2012 at the Duchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck NY.  We are proud to continue our association with  the Hudson Valley Wine Festival, who will be hosting the judging for the second year. The top categories of the competition will be announced during the Wine Festival and again afford the winners the opportunity to turn awards into immediate sales. Participation by all of the Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits producers in this competition is an important contribution in our continuing efforts to brand the Hudson Valley as a significant New York Wine & Spirits Region and increase customer awareness of our unique products.

Listed below are links that will aide you in the registration of your wine and spirits for the 2012 competition.

HV Wine & Spirits Competition section of website http://hvwga.com/hudson-valley-wine-competition/

Call for Entries and instructions http://hvwga.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/12-call-for-entries1.pdf

Entry cover sheet http://hvwga.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/2012-Entry-Cover.pdf

Wine entry form http://hvwga.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/2012-Entry-Form-P1.pdf

Spirit entry form http://hvwga.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/2012-spirits-Entry.pdf

Wine categories http://hvwga.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/2012-Entry-Wine-categories.pdf

Spirit categories http://hvwga.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/2012-spirits-categories.pdf

Judges: http://hvwga.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/2012-judges.pdf


The deadline for all entries is Wednesday August 22, 2012.



Michael Migliore

President, Hudson Valley Wine & Grape Association


The Hudson Valley Wine & Grape Association mission is to increase the quality and quantity of wine and grape production in the Hudson Valley through education, knowledge, networking and cooperation.