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LI winery wins top state honor

The grapevines hang with ripening grapes at Bedell

The grapevines hang with ripening grapes at Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue in the North Fork. (Aug. 3, 2010) Credit: Randee Daddona

It's time to pop a cork in Riverhead.

The 2010 Martha Clara Riesling was awarded the Governor's Cup, the top honor, Tuesday by the New York State Wine & Grape Foundation. The wine, which retails for about $20, was chosen from 741 entries submitted by 105 wineries.

The winner of the silver chalice was selected by a 21-judge national and international panel at the promotional organization's gathering upstate in Watkins Glen.

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