Belhurst Wins Three Silver Medals in New York Wine & Food Classic

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Contact: Deborah Drago-Leaf, 315-781-0201 ext. 550

GENEVA, NEW YORK — Belhurst Winery president Mr. Duane Reeder proudly announces the recent winning of three silver medals and one bronze medal in the New York Wine & Food Classic 2007 Wine Competition held in Napa Valley, California. The awards were based on blind tastings by 24 expert judges— including prominent wine writers, restaurateurs, retailers, and wine educators. Over 750 wines were entered in this competition.

Winning a silver medal, the Belhurst Pinot Grigio 2006 is priced $17.95. This dry white wine, showing hints of lemon and lime, has become a summer favorite in the Belhurst tasting room. 

Also winning a silver medal was the Belhurst Merlot 2005, priced at $26.95. This particular Merlot, with a complex nose of smoke and cedar and a chewy black cherry flavor, closely resembles the taste of a west coast Cabernet rather than an east coast Merlot. 

The ever popular Belhurst Cabernet Franc Reserve 2004, priced at $26.95, earned a silver medal. Garnet colored, this superb Cabernet Franc has vibrant red fruit, raspberry and cranberry, abounding from the glass. A wonderful food friendly wine, the Cabernet Franc Reserve is Belhurst’s best selling red wine.

Legends Les Mange-Cailloux Chardonnay 2004, a frequent award winner, was awarded a bronze medal. The wine name, French for “The Stone Eaters,” honors vineyard workers who clear the many glacial rocks from our Finger Lakes vineyards. The color of this Chardonnay is bright golden, testimony of the long oak aging. The nose is stunning and complex with ripe fruit notes combined with delicious aromas of vanilla, caramel and spices including cinnamon, cloves and white pepper. This wine is priced at $28.95.

All Belhurst wines are available for tasting and purchase in the Belhurst Wine & Gift Shop on the shores of Seneca Lake, and for purchase on our website at

Known for its charm, unique architecture, and stunning lake views, the Belhurst properties include Belhurst Castle, originally built in 1885; White Springs Manor, originally built around 1900; and The Vinifera Inn which opened in 2004. The Reeder family acquired the Castle in 1992 with the dream of offering Finger Lakes visitors the unique beauty, luxury and romance of historical legend. Belhurst is on the National Register of Historic Properties, has been voted One of the Most Romantic Places in NYS, has won thirteen Awards of Excellence in the Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards Program, and continues to be one of the most beloved destinations in the Finger Lakes.

For a sampling of Belhurst Wines please call Deborah Drago-Leaf at 315-781-0201 x550.