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Finger Lakes Wineries Get International Recognition

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Rochester: Finger Lakes Wineries Get International Recognition
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Finger Lakes wineries are getting some international recognition. The well-known magazine, 'Wine Spectator' featured the wineries in its latest edition.

It's the first time the international magazine did a complete tasting and analysis of different wines from about 50 wineries.

The majority of the results were in the mid to high 80s out of a score of 100.

Vineyard workers say this recognition reflects the work that winemakers have done through the years to make these wines stand out.

"Winemakers back to the vineyard management teams that have really embraced what the Finger Lakes is about as far as a growing region," said Brad Phillips of Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards. "And we're making wines that now define us instead of making wines that try to emulate others."

Other vineyard managers in the region say there is still work that needs to be done to try and raise the magazine's scores into the 90s.

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