Hazlitt Archive

Impressive Ratings from Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Congratulations to Michael Reidy, our vinifera winemaker and the Hazlitt vineyard crew for receiving impressive ratings from Wine Enthusiast magazine for the 2019 & 2020 vinifera white wines!

91: 2019 Homestead Reserve Riesling

90: 2019 Dry Riesling

90 & BEST BUY:  2019 Riesling

89: 2020 Pinot Gris

88: 2020 Sauvignon Blanc

88 & BEST BUY: Sweet Riesling

87: 2019 Grüner Veltliner

We caught up with Michael Reidy in the wine cellar to get some more details about these wines. “These two vintages were very different. 2019 was moderate in temperature and rainfall and 2020 was very hot and dry (drought at times). The two vintages were actually similar in that they both had a sunny, dry stretch when it was time to harvest the grapes,” said Reidy. He shared that “the wines reflect the vintages (year) they were produced which is always a top priority, but, the consistency of the scores are a testament to the ability and flexibility of the vineyard and winemaking teams to produce high quality wines year in and year out.”  We couldn’t agree more and are so proud of all the handwork that went into making these delicious wines.

Although some of these vintages may no longer be available at our winery locations, you may be able to find them on the shelves at your favorite NYS wine retailer. In the coming weeks you can view these great scores accompanied by the editor’s reviews on the Wine Enthusiast website and in print in the April issue of Wine Enthusiast which is set to hit shelves March 14, 2022.

Ratings defined by Wine Enthusiast Magazine:

98–100: CLASSIC The pinnacle of quality
94–97: SUPERB A great achievement
90–93: EXCELLENT Highly recommended
87–89: VERY GOOD Often good value; well recommended
83–86: GOOD Suitable for everyday consumption; often good value
80–82: ACCEPTABLE Can be employed in casual, less-critical circumstances

Special Designations defined by Wine Enthusiast Magazine:

Best Buy—products that offer a high level of quality in relation to price. Wines meriting this award are generally priced at $15 or less, and are designated Best Buys after surpassing a specific quality-to-price ratio benchmark.

Rating and special designation definitions are directly from the Wine Enthusiast magazine website.

Hazlitt’s World Famous Chicken Wing Dip

Need a dish to pass for your Super Bowl or Puppy Bowl party? Try one of our favorite dips that just happens to be made with our very own, Red Catastrophe hot sauce!⁣ 
𝐇𝐚𝐳𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐭’𝐬 𝗪𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝 𝐅𝐚𝐦𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐁𝐮𝐟𝐟𝐚𝐥𝐨 𝐂𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐧 𝗪𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐃𝐢𝐩⁣
(6 – 8 Servings)⁣
• 1.5 lbs. chicken breasts, cooked and shredded⁣
• 3 oz. Tabasco hot sauce or your favorite hot sauce⁣
• 2 (8 oz.) packages of cream cheese, softened⁣
• 1 (16 oz.) bottle of bleu cheese salad dressing, or ranch combined with 8 oz. crumbled bleu cheese⁣
• 2/3 cup chopped celery⁣
• 3 cups shredded cheddar or Monterrey jack⁣
• Tri-colored or your favorite tortilla chips⁣
1. Preheat oven to 350.⁣
2. In a large bowl, mix shredded chicken, celery and cheese.⁣
3. In a saucepan over med-low heat, combine cream cheese and salad dressing and stir until smooth. Stir in both hot sauces. Pour heated mixture into bowl with chicken mixture. Stir to mix well.⁣
4. Pour into a 13″ x 9″ baking pan. Bake uncovered for 40 minutes or until bubbly—-make sure top doesn’t get browned. Let stand for 10 minutes. Serve warm OR cold—–tastes best warm— with celery or other veggies and crackers.⁣
𝗪𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐏𝐚𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬: Red Cat, White Cat Fizz, Red Cat Sangria, 2019 Grüner Veltliner, 2020 Gewürztraminer, 2020 Riesling.⁣
*𝘙𝘦𝘥 𝘊𝘢𝘵𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘱𝘩𝘦! 𝘩𝘰𝘵 𝘴𝘢𝘶𝘤𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘢𝘷𝘢𝘪𝘭𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘢𝘵 𝘣𝘰𝘵𝘩 𝘰𝘧 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘵𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘳𝘰𝘰𝘮 𝘭𝘰𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘏𝘢𝘻𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘵 𝘸𝘦𝘣 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘦. 𝘞𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘱 𝘩𝘰𝘵 𝘴𝘢𝘶𝘤𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘺𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘜𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘚𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘴.