FLCC wines earn industry honors

For the third straight year, wine produced by students at the Finger Lakes Community College Viticulture and Wine Center has been honored in a competition that’s considered the “Oscars” of the state wine industry.

Five of the six 2017 vintage wines produced by students received medals at the New York Wine Classic competition held Aug. 7 and 8 at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel.

Cabernet Franc Rose earned a silver medal and the following received bronze: Dry Riesling, Semi Dry Riesling, Lemberger and Vidal Blanc. All carried the “Imprint” label that was designed by FLCC graphic design student Kyla Bruno of Fairport.

Under the supervision of Paul Brock, associate professor of viticulture, Gina Lee, viticulture and wine technology assistant coordinator, and other faculty members, students produced just under 200 cases of the 2017 vintage at the viticulture center, which opened for classes in January 2015. The grapes came from the teaching and demonstration vineyard the college shares with Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Finger Lakes Grape Program.

The 21 judges for the Wine & Food Classic included wine writers, wine educators, retailers, restaurateurs and other experts. All wines are judged “blind” on their own merits, which means the judges only know the variety and style, they do not know the producer, Brock said.

“This is a huge achievement for our students,” Brock said.

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