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Westfield, (NY) – Spring awards at Johnson Estate continue to confirm that the region’s local grapes can be used to make award-winning wines.

Two Gold Medals and Best Buy Designations for Two Dry Red Wines in January 2015
Who says that western New York wineries can’t produce high-quality dry red wines?  Johnson Estate, New York oldest estate winery, is one winery, among others, which is proving that they can, using Estate-grown vinifera grapes like Riesling, as well as using French-hybrid grapes planted by founder, Fred Johnson after 1961. In January, the Beverage Testing Institute (“BTI”, wwwTastings.com) rated Johnson Estate’s 2013 Freelings Creek Founders’ Red (released in June 2014) and its 2013 Johnson Estate Chambourcin as Exceptional, Gold Medals, 90 points.  Both of these dry red wines were also given “Best Buy” designations, wines which provide, in the opinion of the BTI “uncommon value”.  The winery’s 2012 Chambourcin was also awarded 90 Points from the BTI as well as a Gold Medal, Best of Other Red Hybrids, at the 2014 New York Wine & Food Classic.  The winery is observing that sales of these dry reds continue to grow and that the Founders’ Red, released in June 2014, is now one of the winery’s best-sellers.

Four Double Golds for American Heirloom Wines and Ice Wines
In a perfect “pairing” of competitions, four of Johnson Estate’s wines were awarded Double Gold Medals in March.  At both the 2015 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition and the 2015 International Eastern Wine Competition, two of Johnson Estate’s wines were awarded double gold medals and in each competition, a “Best of Class” designation as follows:

2013 Concord, Double Gold, 2015 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
2013 Pink Catawba, Double Gold, Best of Class, Rose,
2015 International Eastern Wine Competition
2013 Chambourcin Ice Wine, Double Gold, Best of Class,
2015 International Eastern, Wine Competition
2013 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine, Double Gold, 2015 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

All of the wines on this list were made from locally-grown grapes. For our Concord and Pink Catawba wines, one might even call them heritage grapes or as Fred Johnson, owner of Johnson Estate, calls them, American Heirloom grapes, as some of these vineyards have been producing for over one-hundred years.  Both of these wines are available at the winery and in retail stores in New York, Pennsylvania, and northern Ohio.

Spring Events at Johnson Estate
Johnson Estate will begin its series of Sunday Morning Vineyard Walks on Memorial Day Weekend – this includes a brisk walk in the vineyards followed by a casual brunch – and will be offered May 24, June 14, July 26, August 2, and August 16 (beginning at 9:30am).    The winery will also feature French picnics this spring when the iris on the farm are in bloom at the end of May and early June.   Details and reservations about these and other events are available online.   

Johnson Estate Winery, with 115 acres of vineyards, is the oldest estate winery in New York State. It is a founding member of the Lake Erie Wine Country Trail. For more information please visit www.johnsonwinery.com, or www.facebook.com/johnsonwinery, or call 716-326-2191 or 800-Drink-NY.

Daffodils at Johnson Estate Winery, Westfield, NY


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