Labruscas are alive and well among New York State home winemakers. Blends are in too. These are among the themes emerging from results announced yesterday for the NYS Home Wine Competition. Complete results can be found here:
http://www.nysfair.org/fair/results-dat ... ome%20wine
Diamond, Delaware, Catawba, Fredonia, Niagara, Iona, Concord and Steuben were all medal winners in the Native category; in many cases both as stand alones and in blends. Steuben was represented in both categories. Our own Howie Hart took a Silver and yours truly a Bronze for100% Steuben. In addition, a 70% Fredonia/30% Steuben won a Gold; a 60% Steuben/40% Iona a Bronze, and a 97% Steuben/3% Foch another Bronze. What was true for Steuben was also the case for Niagara, Concord, Diamond, and Catawba.
No rhyme or reason was apparent in the particular combinations of winning blends. While some were no surprise (e.g., a Traminette and Riesling) just as many were seemingly novel creations. Had anyone ever tried Foch, Rougeon, and Concord before? It took a Silver. A Catawba & Rosette entry won Gold.
Aside from Howie and myself, I don’t recognize the names of any others WLDGers among the award winners. My apologies if I missed someone, but it’s apparent that most New York State home winemakers don’t participate here. The same no doubt is true for other States and countries as well. That’s a shame really because this could be a natural meeting ground for home winemakers to share tips and experience.