2019 ASWA Gold Medal Bordeaux-Style Red Blends

ASWA Winner Slater Run First Bridge2016 First Bridge by Slater Run Vineyards, VA – Gentle handling is the key to the richness of this 44% cabernet franc, 26% merlot, 25% cabernet sauvignon, 5% petit verdot blend. The grapes were hand-harvested and hand-bottled.

Vinified separately, each variety underwent malolactic fermentation in barrel, then were racked into French oak for 16 months. 70% estate grapes, 100% Virginia fruit.

2019 ASWA Gold Medal Other White Hybrid/Native American

ASWA winner Grace Tyler Brianna2018 Brianna by Grace Tyler Estate Winery, LLC., NY – Rick and Liz Hamilton both have backgrounds in chemistry, and were active in the Northern New York Grape Growers Association. Liz takes care of the vineyard while Rick makes the wine.

Made with estate-grown grapes, this 100% Brianna is low in alcohol – 10.7% – and lightly sweet with 2.5 rs. Grapes were harvested at low brix  to highlight citrus, floral, and tropical notes. Great balance of acidity and sweetness.

2019 ASWA Gold Medal Petit Verdot

ASWA award winner Jones Von Drehle2015 Petit Verdot by Jones von Drehle Vineyards & Winery, NC. From Yadkin Valley, this full-bodied wine shows dark fruit flavors, a melange of plum, black cherry and blueberry with distinct yet smooth tannin.

98% petit verdot with a smidge of cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon.

2019 ASWA Gold Medal Sparkling Vinifera

ASWA award winner Lamoreaux2014 Blanc de Blanc by Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars, NY Finger Lakes 100% chardonnay

Refined notes of brioche harmonize with distinct citrus and pear notes in this 100% chardonnay sparkler. Made in the traditional methode champenoise with extended lees aging (4 years), giving a long creamy finish.

2019 ASWA Gold Medal Other White Hybrid/NA Varietal

ASWA award winner Mount Nittany2018 Tailgate White by Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery, PA. This 100% geisenheim is fresh, crisp and clean, with a pronounced bouquet. Juicy grapefruit dominates, with hints of citrus and pine. 2.50 rs.

Geisenheim is a French-American hybrid, a cross between riesling and chancellor.

2019 ASWA Gold Medal Viognier

ASWA award winner Winery at Bull Run2018 Lilly’s Viognier by The Winery at Bull Run, VA Rock Mill Vineyard. Ripe and rich with tropical fruit flavors – guava, coconut, lime verbena – rounded with notes of honey, this 100% viognier boasts a creamy, full mouthfeel.

Named after the youngest member of the Hickox Family, Lilly’s sister Delaney also has a wine named in her honor. Parents Jon and Kim have been making fine wine at Bull Run since 2012.

2019 ASWA Gold Medal Sweet Cider (RS > 4%)

ASWA award winner Urban Tree CiderOur first Gold Medal Winner from the great state of Georgia! 2019 Classic by Urban Tree Cidery, GA Georgia. Owners Tim and Maria Resuta are both certified Master Cider Makers at the Cider and Perry Academy in Gloucestershire, England.

“Classic” reflects the beauty of the apples, the character of the land where they are grown, and creative blending techniques that result in the delicate balance of subtle complexities.  40% Stayman Winesap, 30% Red Delicious, 30% Golden Delicious.

2019 ASWA Gold Medal Riesling

ASWA award winner Wagner2017 Semi-Dry Riesling by Wagner Vineyards, NY Finger Lakes. Four vineyards contributed the fruit in this 100% riesling blend. Fermented in stainless steel, flavors of white peach and citrus dominate. 1.82 residual sugar.

Dating to 1979, Wagner Vineyards is currently under the direction of the 4th and 5th generations of the Wagner family.

2019 ASWA Gold Medal Berry Wine

ASWA award winner 21 Brix Winery2018 Raspberry by 21 Brix Winery, NY:  Lake Erie

Tart and sweet (9% residual sugar!), this dessert specialty is made from locally grown raspberries. Very intense raspberry flavors! #SWEETERSHARED

2019 ASWA Gold Medal Chardonnay

ASWA winner Gray Ghost Vineyards2017 Reserve Chardonnay by Gray Ghost Vineyards, VA: Fermented and aged in new French oak barrels, the wine is a full-bodied 100% chardonnay.

An ideal balance of chardonnay’s buttery character, toasty oak, and ripe pear and vanilla flavor.