2019 ASWA Gold Medal Chardonnay

ASWA award winner Morrisette2018 Chardonnay by Chateau Morrisette, VA: Estate-grown 91% Chardonnay with 9% Petit Manseng, the wine is fermented in stainless steel and no oak contact.

The wine shines with lightly floral and clean, fruity aromas and flavors of white flowers, apple, pineapple, and a hint of wet stone.

2019 ASWA Gold Medal Berry Wine

ASWA award winner BrandonNV Cranberry Delight by Brandon Hills Vineyard, NC. From the Yadkin Valley, this blend of traminette and cranberries shows bright cherry red color leading into  cranberry and strawberry flavors.

A perfect Thanksgiving beverage for the whole family!

2019 ASWA Gold Medal Cabernet Sauvignon

ASWA award winner Basignani2016 Cabernet Sauvignon by Basignani Winery, MD: An intriguing blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc. All Maryland fruit.

Combines rich flavors black fruits with mineral, earth and oak nuances. Aged for two years in French oak.

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2019 ASWA Gold Medal Other Red Vinifera

ASWA award winner Arterra2017 Tannat by Arterra Wines, VA. From grapes grown at Arterra Estates & Seven Oaks Vineyard, this 100% tannat is full-bodied and concentrated.

Arterra takes a minimalist approach: native yeast fermentation, neutral oak, no additives or concentration manipulations.


2019 ASWA Gold Medal Sparkling Vinifera

ASWA winner 21 Brix Winery2016 Brutella by 21 Brix Winery, NY: A crisply sparkling 100% Chardonnay from the Lake Erie AVA on Olde Chautaugua Farms.

Why a pink elephant? “When we opened our doors in 2011, we received many phone calls asking where exactly we were located… until we could have a roadside sign created, we figured a life-size elephant located near the road was the next best thing to draw people’s attention…” Of course!


2019 ASWA Best of Category Winner Vidal Blanc

ASWA winner Robin Hill Legacy2017 Legacy by Robin Hill Farm & Vineyards, MD – A dry version of vidal blanc, with crisp tropical notes of honeysuckle, pineapple and mango. Crafted from estate-grown grapes on this family farm that dates back to 1955.

New to winemaking, the family transitioned through the decades from tobacco to livestock to trees then to vineyards in 2012 and opened their winery doors in 2017.

2019 ASWA Best of Category Winner Syrah/Shiraz

ASWA winner black ankle bav_sign2016 Leaf Stone by Black Ankle Vineyards, MD – The self-identified “control freaks” at Black Ankle produced this 100% syrah from a sloping vineyard that faces predominately west and south.

Aged 18 months in French oak, earthy, smoky aromas lead to dark fruits, chocolate and tobacco on the palate with a finish that exquisitely balances tannin and acidity.

2019 ASWA Best of Category Winner Other Red Hybrid/NA Varietals

2017 Holiday Heaven by Holemans LLC, VA –  100% Noble (Muscadine) The Holemans brand is committed to “Making Fine Wines from Muscadines”, Steven Holemans grew up on the farm in Durham County, NC, that is now his vineyard.

“There was a uniqueness of the muscadine grapes as the skin of the grape was thicker and appeared to be non-edible. However, the juice of the muscadine was much sweeter than a normal grape. Once you bite into the muscadine grape, there is a burst of sweet juice that makes you long for more.”

2019 ASWA Best of Category Winner Sparkling Hybrid/NA Wines

ASWA winner Glendale ridge2018 Estate Petillant Naturel by Glendale Ridge Vineyard, MA. A fascinating blend of 80% vidal blanc, 10% aromella, and 10% traminette was estate-grown at Glendale Ridge;s Nonotuck and West Block vineyards. Vinified dry and allowed to sparkle naturally, the wine is light and floral with peach and pear notes.

This marks the first time a Massachusetts wine has taken Best of Category/Gold in the Atlantic Seaboard competition.

2019 ASWA Best of Category Winner Cider

ASWA winner Fabbioli Ladies manLadies’ Man by Fabbioli Cellars, VA. Fruity and subtly sweet with enticing light pink highlights, Ladies’ Man Cider is made with 87% Honeycrisp Apples and 13% Fabbioli’s signature red raspberry wine.

Chaptalized to 3% residual sugar, the alcohol content remains a low 7% appropriate to the cider category.