Governor’s Stanley Cup wager includes Leonard Oakes wine

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 6 June 2014 at 12:00 am

In a Stanley Cup wager, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s has offered California’s governor a “Taste of NY” gift basket that includes award-winning ice wine – The 2011 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine from the Leonard Oakes Estate Winery in Medina.

Jerry Brown, California’s governor, can sip that wine if the Los Angeles Kings defeat the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Kings won game 1 on Wednesday, 3-2.

If the Rangers win the series, Brown will send Cuomo: “California: A History” by Kevin Starr and lightly salted Lundberg Organic Brown Rice Cakes.

If the Kings win, Cuomo will ante up the “Taste NY” gift basket that features products from local businesses across the Empire State.

The bounty includes:

Original Anchor Bar Buffalo Wing Sauce, Erie County

Two award winning Ice Wines: The 2011 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine from the Leonard Oakes Estate Winery in Orleans County and the 2012 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine from the Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards in Schuyler County

Lupo’s Spiedie Marinade, key ingredient for Binghamton’s famous Spiedie Sandwich, Broome County

Gianelli Hot Italian Sausage, Onondaga County

Sammy and Annie Food’s Chicken Riggie Pasta Sauce Starter, Oneida County

Parker’s Pure New York Maple Syrup, Parker Family Maple Farm, Clinton County

America’s First Kettle Chip, Saratoga Chips, Saratoga County

Apples from Fishkill Farms, Dutchess County

Red velvet cupcakes from Make My Cake, Harlem, Manhattan

Oysters harvested off of Long Island’s shore, Braun Seafood Company, Suffolk County

Cuomo also offered a commemorative hockey puck from the 2013 “Hat Trick” of three on-time budgets in a row.

“While 2014 is already a banner year for New York State hockey teams with Union College and Clarkson University as national college champions, the true icing on the cake would be a triumphant return of the Stanley Cup to the Empire State,” Cuomo said.

Game 2 will be Saturday.