FINGER LAKES, N.Y. (January 13, 2016) - Wagner Vineyards, one of the longest established wineries in the Finger Lakes region, received the “Best in Class” distinction in the prestigious San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition for their 2014 Caywood East Vineyard Dry Riesling, a single vineyard expression. “Best in Class” is the highest possible award within a category. The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is the largest competition of American wines in the world. This year’s 2016 competition broke all entry records with 7,162 wines entered. 

“Recognition on a national level, especially when it’s from California always means a lot” said Wagner Vineyards’ winemaker of 33 years, Ann Raffetto, who grew up in California and graduated from the UC Davis Oenology program.

In addition, Wagner Vineyards received a Double Gold award for their 2014 Estate Dry Riesling. Wagner Vineyards received two of only three Double Golds awarded to Finger Lakes producers in the Dry Riesling category. Over the past two years, Wagner Vineyards has received more than 50 Double Gold and Gold awards for their Rieslings.   

“To have two Rieslings win Double Gold and to garner the ‘Best Dry Riesling’ at such a prestigious competition really validates all the hard work that our team here at Wagner has put into the Riesling varietal,” said co-owner and vineyard manager John Wagner.

The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition was founded in 1983 as the Cloverdale Citrus Fair Wine Competition and began with just 15 wineries entering 45 wines.  In 2006 the competition opened up entries from producers nationwide and became the largest American wine competition in the world.  The judging panel comprises 65 judges from various areas of the wine industry including media, restaurant food and hospitality wine buyers, retail wine buyers, winemakers, and educators.

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