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From a deep red to a light lemon, 13 New York ice wines were swished, sniffed, tasted and judged in the first competition of its kind.

Casa Larga Vineyards in Perinton, whose 2005 Fiori Vidal ice wine won Best Dessert Wine at the 2008 International Wine and Spirits Competition in London, promoted February as an ice wine month last year in conjunction with four other wineries.

This year, Lorraine Hems, a sommelier and a lecturer in Rochester Institute of Technology’s department of hospitality and service management, proposed adding the New York Ice Wine Competition to the month’s events.

The competition, held Friday at RIT, was designed to position New York as a leading ice wine-producing region, said Hems, who chaired the event.

Most of the wineries that entered the competition also will participate in the New York Ice Wine Festival on Saturday at Casa Larga.

The competition allowed only wines made using New York grapes and the German Eiswein process.

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