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Best wines honored at Niagara County Fair

LOCKPORT – Winners have been announced for the best overall wines in the Niagara County Fair’s amateur competition.

Dave Dannheuser’s Geisenheim won best of white; George Camann’s Merlot earned top honors for best of red; Herb and Linda Busch’s French Concord won best of native; and John and Cathy Cogovan’s strawberry rhubarb won best of specialty/fruit honors.

In the white wine category, Michael Fischer and Roland Howell took home top honors for their Pinot Gris, in the dry, vinifera white competition; Dave Taylor won gold for his Riesling in the semi sweet category. Dannheuser earned top billing for his Geisenheim in the hybrid white category, along with Ann Schermerhorn, for her Geisenheim, and Howard Hart, for his Cayuga.

In the red category, Camann took home golds for his Merlot and blend; Raymond Gillis earned top honors for his Cabernet Sauvignon; and Rick Mullen earned a gold for his Barbera. In the native red category, the Busches earned gold for their French Concord and Fredonia selections and Gary Coons earned golds for his Catawba and Cabernet Franc blend.

Schermerhorn and Jim Rudolph earned top tree fruit honors for their peach and Chardonnay; while the Cogovans earned a gold for their strawberry rhubarb in the specialty competition.