2018 ASWA CATEGORY WINNER Blush/Rose Vinifera

ASWA winner Shelton 259 Dry RoseShelton Vineyards 259 Dry Rose 2017, North Carolina

From the Yadkin Valley AVA in North Carolina, winemaker Ethan Brown makes use of a gravity flow system to ensure gentle handling of the juice. Vinified bone dry and made with equal parts petit verdot, tannat and merlot, this rose is medium-bodied and crisp with cherry, strawberry and juicy watermelon flavors. Note: owners Charlie and Ed Shelton were instrumental in creating the Yadkin Valley AVA, North Carolina’s first, in 2003. Suggested retail: $14.99