At the recent San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, we were awarded three Best of Class awards.
This competition includes over sixty judges representing various North American wine regions, who evaluate 5,500 wines from nearly 1000 wineries.
The Executive Director of the competition, Bob Fraser, states, "these are the best of the best wines within each category of the competition. I was impressed that these wines represented a diversity of wine regions throughout the United states. To be selected as a Sweepstake or Best of Class wine from over 5,500 wines submitted to the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is truly an honor for these wineries."
Here are our award-winning wines, with tasting notes from longtime wine writer Mike Dunne:
"...There's nothing uncertain in the swashbuckling stride of this rich, hefty, and off-dry white wine, a perfect cocktail wine for its straightforward fruit but alos with the build and acid to accompany a wide range of casseroles."
"...showcasing with authority the variety's characteristic floral, fruity, and spicy components...vivid acidity."
We invite you to join us in celebrating these awards! Order any of these wines online to brighten up your winter. Two of each will give you free shipping. We'd love to hear from you!
Eleven of our 2021 vintages recently received outstanding point ratings of over 90 points on jamessuckling.com.
James Suckling has four decades of experience as journalist and wine critic, and is one of today's leading wine critics whose reviews are read and respected by wine lovers, serious wine collectors, and the wine trade worldwide. He and his tasting team of 22 around the world focus on the great wines of the world including Bordeaux, Champagne, Australia, New Zealand, California, Chile, and Argentina. In 2021, they rated over 25,000 wines. They taste thousands of wines each month.
Wines are rated on a 100 point scale. A wine rated 90 points or more is considered outstanding.
Here are the wines reviewed recently, with tasting notes:
2021 Classic Chardonnay
"Aromas of sliced lemons, rosemary stems, lilies and white peaches. Medium-bodied with bright acidity and sliky texture. Bright and fresh with a slightly more savory finish. Tasty. I like the length and phenolic grip here. Drink now."
2021 Epic Reserve
"A pretty nose of strawberries, rose petal and grated nutmeg. Medium-bodied with silky tannins. The nose follows through to the palate. Rather elegant and refined. Drink now."
2021 Humphreys Vineyard Riesling
"Aromas of peaches, pears, beeswax and fresh herbs. Medium-bodied with a silky texture. Juicy and fresh with a crisp acidity and lovely drive. Stone fruits with orange peel undertones. Drink now."
2021 Classic Gewürztraminer
"...you are greeted with aromas of rose, banana leaf and sliced peaches. Medium-bodied and rather concentrated. Intense stone fruit and orange fruit on the palate with a floral edge. Drink now."
"Aromas of pears, apricots and jasmine. Medium-bodied and off-dry. Mineral and herbal on the palate with a sturdy core of stone fruit. Floral at the finish. Drink now."
2021 Classic Riesling
"Aromas of peaches, apricots and honeysuckle. Medium-bodied and charmingly off-dry. Succulent and fresh with the subtle sweetness adding a bit more depth. Bright acidity too. Drink now."
"Aromas of pears, dried herbs and chicory root. Medium-bodied and sweet. Juicy and fresh with a persistent finish. Drink now."
Crooked Lake White
"Aromas of green apples, pears and savory spice. Medium-bodied with bright ...palate with a gentle finish. Drink now."
2021 Dry Riesling
"Aromas of peaches, orange peel and lime zest. Medium-bodied with mineral undertones. Fresh and bright with a green apple character. Drink now."
2021 Humphreys Vineyard Zweigelt (wine club exclusive)
"Aromas of plums, pitted red cherries and woody spice. Medium-bodied with soft tannins. Bright on the palate with steady balance and subtle notes of nutmeg and clove coming through. Drink now."
"Aromas of plums, nutmeg, rosemary and a hint of white pepper. Medium-bodied tannins and a floral edge. Pretty and juicy on the palate with a straightforward feel. Drink now."
We are so excited to share these outstanding wines with you! Make them a part of your every day enjoyment of life, or bring these to a special occasion. Up everyone's fullfillment a notch or two by sharing smiles and heartwarming conversation over one or two of these delicious bottles of wine. Order them easily by clicking on the individual wines above, or using the button below. Cheers!
Recently Keuka Spring Vineyards donated $15,000 to local food banks.
“In the wine business, we are surrounded by food and wine," said Jeanne Wiltberger, Marketing Director and legacy family member at Keuka Spring Vineyards. "We realize that this isn’t the same for everyone. With inflation and costs of food and basic needs rising, we wanted to contribute to reducing food insecurity in our community to share just some of the abundance we are so grateful to experience."
$5000 each was given to the local food pantry organizations: the Living Well Misson, the HOPE Center Keuka Food Pantry, and Milly’s Pantry. Located just outside of Penn Yan, the winery made a deliberate effort to support Penn Yan food-specific organizations.
The Living Well's mission is to connect people to solutions so they may thrive. Their programs provide emergency access to food, personal hygiene and cleaning products; funds to prevent utility shut-offs and prescription discontinuation; and support for residents navigating grief and cancer diagnoses.
The HOPE Center Keuka Food Pantry is fighting hunger one day at a time. In addition to regular access to healthy food, with assistance from the Keuka Food Pantry, families are able to prepare a special meal for the holidays.
Milly’s Pantry fosters equal opportunity for success, self-sufficiency, and confidence for all Yates County children by providing nourishment and academic support.
In addition, staff members of Keuka Spring volunteered at the Living Well Mission in December on a Salvation Army Food Box Distribution Day, packing lunches, unloading supplies, and sorting and organizing food donations. As the food boxes were being moved from trucks to The Well, there were several people who noticed the efforts of the volunteers and stopped to request their own food box. The Well was able to support these additional requests for food boxes through supplies in their emergency food pantry. The winery staff look forward to doing more volunteering in the upcoming year.
Jan Rosequist and Jill Rank, Tasting Room staff at Keuka Spring, pack grab and go lunches and food disribution boxes at the Living Well Mission. Bill Laffin and Steve Matteson of Keuka Spring also helped pack food distribution boxes at the Living Well.
Cheryl Darn and Erin Mowry of the HOPE Center Keuka Food Pantry receive a donation from Jeanne Wiltberger of Keuka Spring Vineyards. Some of the tenets of the HOPE Center are outlined on the sign behind them.
Sandi Perl, Executive Director of the Living Well Mission, receives Keuka Spring Vineyards' donation from Jeanne Wiltberger.
Carleen Wilson, Board Vice President of Milly's Pantry, holds a check donated by Keuka Spring Vineyards.
Keuka Spring Vineyards has been producing premium wines since 1985. Awards include Winery of the Year, three Governor’s Cups for best New York State wine, two Best White Wine in America awards, and numerous 90+ point ratings in national wine magazines. The Tasting Room overlooking the east side of Keuka Lake at 243 Route 54, East Lake Road, Penn Yan is open for tastings Friday-Sunday from January to March and then daily in April on. For more information on tastings, the Vista wine club, upcoming events, or to order their wines, please visit KeukaSpringWinery.com, or contact the winery at 315-536-3147.