2018 ASWA CATEGORY WINNER Vidal Blanc

ASWA winner Sharrott WinerySharrott Winery Vidal Blanc 2017, New Jersey

Midway between Philadelphia and Atlantic City, Sharrott produced this 100% Vidal Blanc in the Outer Coastal Plain AVA of New Jersey. Founded a decade ago by Larry Sharrott, the property was formerly an apple orchard and now is a completely solar-powered winery. This wine highlights the familiar citrus/pineapple fruitiness of the vidal grape with lovely aromas and a light body. Suggested retail: $16.99

2018 ASWA CATEGORY WINNER Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio

ASWA winner Fox Meadow WineryFox Meadow Winery Pinot Grigio 2017, Virginia

From the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in VA, estate-grown fruit is steel fermented and aged to highlight a balance of acidity with minerality and citrus notes. Owner Dan Mortland says, “In two words, elegant and savory,” and is particularly proud to have won the Best of Category in both 2018 and in 2017, for Fox Meadow Pinot Gris. Suggested retail: $25.00

2018 ASWA CATEGORY WINNER Cabernet Franc

ASWA winner Pearmund Cabernet FrancPearmund Cellars Cabernet Franc 2016, Virginia

From Toll Gate Vineyard in Rappahannock County, (unfortunately for sale…) this Cab Franc is Pearmund’s second Best of Category winner this year. Excellent with gouda cheese or olive tapenade, with a characteristic hint of bell pepper combining with cocoa, cherry and black raspberry flavors. Sweet tannins round out this lush wine. Suggested retail: $29.00

2018 ASWA CATEGORY WINNER Gewurztraminer

ASWA winner Newport GewurztraminerNewport Vineyards Gewurztraminer 2017, Rhode Island

Classic rose petal, ginger and orange zest overflow in this delightful wine. Soil, climate and well-managed vines fuse to perfection in this Rhode Island offering. Winemaker George Chelf’s philosophy is minimal intervention and to preserve the grape’s natural character: the long, cool growing season off the Narragansett Bay yields outstanding fruit. Suggested retail: $22.00

2018 ASWA CATEGORY WINNER Red Hybrid/Native American Blend

ASWA winner Deer Run Runway RedDeer Run Winery Runway Red NV, New York

From the Finger Lakes AVA in NY, this blend features corot noir and noiret with a touch of Marechal Foch and chambourcin. Corot noir typically shows deep red color and attractive berry and cherry fruit aromas while noiret contributes notes of green and black pepper, with raspberry and mint aromas, and a fine tannin structure. Semi-dry and smooth. Suggested retail: $12.99  

2018 ASWA CATEGORY WINNER Petit Verdot

ASWA winner Narmada Petit VerdotNarmada Winery Petit Verdot 2016, Virginia

Narmada Winery produced last year’s Best of Show, and this Petit Verdot continues that winning tradition. Rich with coffee aromas, full-bodied and showing an intriguing blend of chocolate and savory bacon flavors underscored with bright orange zest, this is a blend of 78% petit verdot, 10% merlot, 7% tannat and 5% cab franc. From Rappahannock County, VA. Suggested retail: $35.00

2018 ASWA CATEGORY WINNER Chardonnay

ASWA winner Gray Ghost VineyardsGray Ghost Vineyards Reserve Chardonnay 2016, Virginia

From Rappahannock County, VA, fermented in new French oak and softened by malo, the resulting mouthfeel of this chardonnay is rich and elegant with notes of pear and fig and a hint of vanilla. Winemaking team/owners Al and Cheryl Kellert love the buttery, toasty oak finish. Suggested retail: $28.00

2018 ASWA CATEGORY WINNER Sweet Red Hybrid/Native American

ASWA winner 21 Brix21 Brix Winery Ella’s Red, NV, New York

From Lake Erie, NY. Seven-year-old 21 Brix Winery had two Best of Category winners this year. Unabashedly sweet and jammy, Ella’s Red is 100% concord, and the perfect pairing for Cherry Chocolate Cookies.  Suggested retail: $9.99

2018 ASWA CATEGORY WINNER Albarino

ASWA winner Boordy AlbarinoBoordy Vineyards Landmark Albarino 2017, Maryland

From South Mountain Vineyard in Maryland, the Spanish grape Albarino is still a rarity here, but enjoying great success. At this vineyard, rocky, well-drained soils and an extended growing season combine with great airflow that minimizes frost. The wine is cool fermented and bottled early to capture fresh peach and flower aromas and crisp acidity. Suggested retail: $20.00

2018 ASWA CATEGORY WINNER Petit Manseng

ASWA winner Fifty-Third Winery and VineyardFifty-Third Winery & Vineyards Petit Manseng 2016, Virginia

Cooper Vineyards, purchased in 2015 by David and Susan Drillock, is transitioning to the name Fifty-Third Winery. Fitting, as it was the 53rd farm winery licensed in VA. Graham Bell is the winemaker, and this expression of the current darling of VA grapes is medium-bodied with notes of pineapple, pear and honey. Suggested retail: $23.95