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competition held over the weekend was a medal bumper crop for New York State wines -- 115 medals, among them 10 best-of-class, 26 gold, 55 silver and 24 bronze.

Indian Chenin Blanc

Gold medals went to 21 Brix Raspberry, 2011 Dry Riesling, 2011 Gewurztraminer, and 2011 Chardonnay; Anyela's Vineyards 2010 Riesling and 2008 Cabernet Franc; Chateau LaFayette Reneau 2010 Chardonnay Proprietor's Reserve, 2010 Semi-Dry Estate Riesling and 2011 Semi-Dry Estate Riesling; Coyote Moon La Crescent; Dr. Konstantin Frank 2010 Rkatsiteli, 2011 Dry Riesling, and 2011 Semi-Dry Riesling; Also, Goose Watch 2011 Cabernet Franc and 2010 Traminette; Hazlitt 2010 Riesling Homestead Reserve; Johnson Estate 2011 Delaware and Concord; Penguin Bay Tuxedo Red and 2011 Riesling; Sparkling Pointe 2009 Topaz Imperial, North Fork of Long Island; Swedish Hill 2011 Chardonnary-Riesling Blue Waters, Blanc de Blanc, 2011 Dry Riesling, and 2011 Cayuga White; and Wagner Vineyards 2010 Riesling Estate Bottled.

Indian Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine)

, New York State Wine Examiner Bill Dowd is a longtime New York journalist who also is a wine/spirits/beer writer and competition judge. His weekly "Dowd On Drinks" column is distributed throughout North America by the New York Times News Service and Hearst News Service. You can e-mail him at williamdowd@nycap.rr.com.

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Indian Sauvignon Blanc

John Alban helped build the Hospice du Rhone event into a global phenomenon. Photo: The Chronicle 2000 / SF John Alban helped build the Hospice du Rhone event into a global...

Indian Chenin Blanc

Paso Robles is known for its Rhone varietals, and was the gathering place for the annual Hospice du Rhone event. Photo: Paso Robles Wine Country Allianc / SF Paso Robles is known for its Rhone varietals, and was the gathering...

Indian Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine)



Phil and Karen Knoble pick out some fresh summer veggies from Oakdale Farm, a certified organic 6 generation farm in Rehoboth, during the Easton Farmers Market Saturday morning. The market runs Tuesdays from 2-6 and Saturdays from 10-2 in a new location just north of 5 corners on Depot Street.

Indian Rosé

Selectmen last week issued a permit to Running Brook Vineyard and Winery of North Dartmouth allowing it to set up a vendor stand on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Indian Sauvignon Blanc

“We’re 100 percent local so we’d like to present ourselves as best we can,” sales manager Sal Ramos said last week.

Indian Chenin Blanc



Aug. 4: Caribbean Wine Festival at Lake Anna Winery (5621 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania); 6:30-10 p.m.; Cooper Vineyards, Grayhaven Winery, James River Cellars, Lake Anna Winery; $15; info: (540...

Indian Cabernet Shiraz

Aug. 4: Caribbean Wine Festival at Lake Anna Winery (5621 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania); 6:30-10 p.m.; Cooper Vineyards, Grayhaven Winery, James River Cellars, Lake Anna Winery; $15; info: (540) 895-5085 or www.hovawinetrail.com .

Indian Rosé

"I would differentiate some based on whether the purpose is to sip/drink or to serve as an accompaniment to food," said Kennedy, president of the Richmond Wine Society and a noted collector of wine. "I think of the following traits for summer sipping: refreshing, fruit-driven, fresh, interesting but uncomplicated, light or medium bodied, unoaked or lightly oaked." He's talking about whites such as pinot grigios, sauvignon blancs, sparkling wines, even unoaked chardonnays. Also, light reds such as those from Beaujolais, and rosés.

Indian Sauvignon Blanc



Mention Australia and inevitably someone will bring up koalas. Or kangaroos. Or that fabulous Hollywood creation, Mick Dundee.

Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine) India

But wine? That's not on a lot of people's minds when they consider the sixth-largest country by total area. And it's too bad, because two wines from South Australia deserve attention.

Indian Cabernet Shiraz

The first is the 2009 Jacob's Creek Reserve riesling, which we found at The Fresh Market for about $13.

Indian Rosé



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