The Best of NY: New York Wine Classic Award Winners

with Kevin Zraly

On March 18, 2021 the New York Wine & Grape Foundation announced the top winners of the 35th annual New York Wine Classic, a nationally recognized competition highlighting some of the best examples of what New York wine has to offer. Following the judging of over 600 submissions from 96 wineries across the state, four wineries achieved top recognition. Join us for a virtual tasting with the Best of Category winners to toast to the achievements of these talented winemakers and learn the stories behind these remarkable wineries that continue to raise the bar for New York wine.

  • Paumanok Vineyards
    • Featured Wine: 2015 Assemblage Red Blend, North Fork of Long Island.
    • Featured Wine: 2016 Blanc De Blancs, Chardonnay, North Fork of Long Island.
  • Pindar Vineyards
    • Featured Wine: 2020 Dr. Dan’s Signature Collection, Gewürztraminer, North Fork of Long Island.
  • Boundary Breaks Vineyards
    • Featured Wine: 2019 Ice Wine, Riesling, Finger Lakes
  • Ryan William Vineyard (*no winemaker in attendance)
    • Featured Wine: 2019 Rosé, Pinot Noir, Seneca Lake

This session was recorded live on April 29, 2021.

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  • Erik Bilka, Winemaker
    Pindar Vineyards
  • Kareem Massoud, Winemaker
    Paumanok Vineyards
  • Bruce Murray, Owner
    Boundary Breaks

About the Moderator:

Kevin ZralyKevin Zraly is an award-winning wine writer and one of the world’s foremost wine educators. Kevin has been teaching wine for 50 years, sharing his passion with thousands of eager students from all walks of life.  He has written eight books about wine and food, including his annually updated Windows on the World Complete Wine Course, which has sold more than four million copies – making it the number one wine book in the United States.  In the fall of 2020, he will release the 35th anniversary edition of the book.  He also co-authored the definitive book about red wine – aptly named Red Wine – with The World Wine Guys, Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen.  Kevin is the youngest person to receive the James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award (2011), recognized for his commitment to making the study of wine accessible and fun to all as well as for his monumental contributions to the world of food and wine. He is also one of only three people from the world of wine to receive this recognition – the other two being Robert Mondavi and Ernest Gallo.

Kevin has shared his passion for the enjoyment of wine through his books, appearances on major television networks, and through features in The New York Times, People, The Wall Street Journal, GQ Magazine and many others.  Kevin continues to teach and entertain through his virtual wine classes, dinners and events for corporations and individuals.  

Kevin is the father of four children (vintages ’91, ’93, ’97 and ’99), and lives in New Paltz, New York.