By Evan Dawson, Finger Lakes Editor
Anthony Road Wine Company's winemaker Johannes Reinhardt is the most humble man I've ever known.
Just watch this video as his winery accepts the Governor's Cup award, handed out for the wine deemed "Best in New York state." Today the award went to Anthony Road for their 2008 Semi-Dry Riesling. Johannes doesn't look like he's getting the honor of his career; he looks like he's having hernia surgery.
When I reached him by phone this evening I was surprised to hear what he was doing. "I've just sat down with a glass of sparkling wine. I'm relaxing," he told me. It's rare for Johannes to even acknowledge his own achievements, so this was a departure. But he assured me the glass was in honor of Anthony Road owners John and Ann Martini.
Reinhardt calls the 2008 vintage "the best riesling vintage in New York state in my 10 years making wine here. There was almost perfect balance," he explained. And then, in his typical understated -- yet utterly sincere -- manner, Johannes said, "Many of these '08 rieslings will become wines of record. They will age beautifully and seriously. I can think of so many outstanding rieslings. Sheldrake Point, Fox Run, Red Newt, Wiemer, Ravines... I want to stop now because I'll leave someone out. There are literally so many wineries who could have won this award."