After several weeks of voting, I'm happy to announce the New York Cork Report 2009 Readers' Choice Award winners:
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards Red Cat from the Finger Lakes
Shinn Estate Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Franc from Long Island
Red Cat winning will come as no surprise to anyone that knows anything about the New York wine world. It's the state's best selling wine and has a legion of devout fans. Those fans were no doubt called to action during this voting process. With 52% of the total vote, it won by a landslide. The Finger Lakes runner up was Hermann J Wiemer 2007 Dry Riesling, with 18%.
Shinn Estate's cabernet franc, a big hit at TasteCamp EAST 2009, also won in a landslide, with 52% of the vote with Paumanok Vineyards 2008 Chenin Blanc garnering 17% of the vote.
Congratulations to the winners and I'd like to thank all of the readers for their votes. This was a fun inaugural Readers' Choice process. We'll refine it for next year and do it again!