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Finger Lakes wineries earn big honors at New York State Wine Classic

Customers sip wine on picnic tables outside Weis Vineyard in the Finger Lakes region.
Lyndsi Stoltzfus
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Weis Vineyard
Customers sip wine on picnic tables outside Weis Vineyard in the Finger Lakes region.

Two Central New York wineries won big in an annual state competition.

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyard in the Finger Lakes region received the prized Governor's Award at the New York Wine Classic for its Solera Sherry. The Upstate New York establishment split the honor in a tie with Wolffer Estate Vineyard. A second Finger Lakes vineyard won for winery of the year.

Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the awards in a virtual event this week.

"The wine industry is an essential part of New York's agricultural economy and I'm proud to support the continued innovation, growth, and success of our wineries and farmers," Hochul said in a statement.

Hazlitt, a family company established by Jerry Hazlitt and his wife in 1852, also won for its dessert wine.