Woodbury Vineyards' 2011 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay won a gold medal in the 13th Annual Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, held in Rochester March 23-24.
With over 3,500 wine entries from all 50 states and 20 countries, this competition is important beyond New York state. It is one of the biggest wine competitions in the U.S.
Woodbury has a long history of producing award-winning Chardon-nay, first awarded the "Best Chardonnay in the Northern Hemisphere" in the InterVin International Wine Competition shortly after its inception. Woodbury restarted its traditional barrel program in 2011 under the direction of winemaker Phil Hazlitt.
"We ferment our Chardonnay in all new high quality oak barrels to produce a complex full-bodied Chardonnay in which the fruit and the oak are perfectly balanced," Hazlitt said.
In addition to the gold medal for the 2011 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, all Woodbury wines submitted into this competition were awarded medals.
The next time you go searching for a special Chardonnay - forget about France and California - go for the New York gold. You will surely be coming back for more.
Woodbury Vineyards, founded in 1979, is owned by over 1,000 shareholders. It is located in the heart of beautiful Chautauqua County at 3215 South Roberts Road in Fredonia and is open for tastings and sales year round. Visit www.WoodburyVineyards.com for more information.