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Governor's Cup Comes to the Finger Lakes

Written By: Asha McKenzie
Governorís Cup Comes to the Finger Lakes

August 13, 2014

WATKINS GLEN (WENY) -- Some of our New York's top wineries and distilleries are being honored today.
    The annual New York Wine & Food Classic competition will present the Governor's Cup to the winery whose wine stands above more than 800 entries this year.
    "Well we're kind of unique here on the wine trail," said Brian McKenzie, Finger Lakes Distilling. "We focus exclusively on distilled spirits. So things like vodka, gin, whiskey's."
    "We're in wine country so it makes sense to utilize grapes to make something a little stronger than wine," said McKenzie.
    And because of their unique product on the Finger Lakes Wine trail,
    Brian McKenzie of Finger Lakes Distilling and his team have won Best Spirits, 3 years in a row at the annual New York Wine and Food Classic.
    Now, it's the competition has come around again but this time McKenzie gets to show off the distillery to Lieutenant Robert Duffy and over 100 of his wine industry friends.
    "Judges coming in from all over the world to evaluate the wines and spirits and everything so..they get exposed to the region so it's beautiful," said McKenzie.
    At Damiani Wine Cellars they're known for their red but just last year they won for Best of Class for their pinot grigio and they're hoping to win again this year.
    "We're very much champions of the Finger Lakes and all it has to offer," said Glenn Allen Owner of Damiani Wine Cellars.
    And they are champions. Damiani's 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is the first New York red wine to hit a 90 on the wine scoring spectrum.
    They are excited to be the 2nd stop on Lt Governor Duffy's wine tour, so he can have a taste.
    "One of the first questions they ask is where do you get the grapes?," said Allen. "They think we buy them from California...everything we do here is 100% Finger Lakes."