2018 ASWA CATEGORY WINNER Sweet Blush Wine

ASWA winner Mt Nittany WineryMount Nittany Vineyard & Winery Mountain Blush 2017, Pennsylvania

The white zin craze may be over, but this blend of steuben touched with 5% seyval blanc will bring memories of the best of that popular rose style. From the heart of central Pennsylvania in the Lake Erie ava (which covers parts of Ohio and New York as well as PA), strawberry and raspberry flavors enhance fruit, mild cheeses and rich desserts. Suggested retail: $13.99

2018 ASWA CATEGORY WINNER Riesling

ASWA winner Chateau LaFayette Reneau WineryChateau LaFayette Reneau Semi-Dry Riesling 2017, New York

The owners of Glenora and Knapp purchased LaFayette Reneau a few years back but maintain the separate character of each. LaFayette Reneau is in the Finger Lakes ava off Seneca Lake in New York which was formed by glaciers and rarely freezes. Shale soil and rolling slopes make this perfect riesling territory. Mineral notes combine with honeysuckle and apple in this low-alc, 2.8 rs wine. Suggested retail: $14.99

2018 ASWA CATEGORY WINNER Red Interspecific Blends

ASWA winner Knob Hall WineryKnob Hall Winery N39 2015, Maryland

“Latitude without attitude” defines this wine, named for the 39th degree north of the equator, and “Smooth jazz,” according to winemaker/co-owner Mary Beth Seibert. 70% chambourcin, 30% cab franc made with estate-grown grapes in Cumberland Valley, Maryland. Aged 18-24 months in American and French oak, blackberry and plum tones are touched with a spicy wood note. Suggested retail: $24.00

2018 ASWA CATEGORY WINNER Merlot

ASWA winner Jones von Drehle WineryJones von Drehle Vineyards & Winery Merlot 2014, North Carolina

 Thirty acres in the Yadkin Valley in North Carolina, purchased a decade ago by the Jones and von Drehle families, produced this Best of Category winner. Five clones of merlot are planted in the coolest section of the vineyard ensuring a long growing season to maximize flavor. The winery recommends a classic boeuf bourguignon with this plummy, spicy wine. Suggested retail: $24.00

2018 ASWA CATEGORY WINNER Bordeaux Style Red Blend

Pearmund CellarsASWA winner Pearmund Cellars Ameritage Reserve 2016, Virginia

This wine is a blend of equal amounts cab sauv, petit verdot and malbec. Three days of cold-soaking the grapes followed by 2 weeks maceration lend the wine its rich dark fruit, spice, vanilla, and cocoa notes. Aged 10 months separately, then married and aged an additional 4 months, all American oak. Suggested retail: $39.00

2018 ASWA CATEGORY WINNER White Hybrid/Native American Blend

ASWA winner Rockbridge VineyardsRockbridge Vineyard Tuscarora White 2016, Virginia

Winemaker Shep Rouse discovered his love of wine in Germany back in the 1970’s and built his winery in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley in 1988. Using traditional small batch methods with minimal processing has earned this vidal blanc/traminette blend accolades. Semi-dry and stainless fermented. Suggested retail: $12.00

2018 ASWA CATEGORY WINNER Cider

Bold Rock Cider Pearadise IPA, Virginia

Suggested retail: $8.00

 

2018 ASWA CATEGORY WINNER Cabernet Sauvignon

ASWA winner Gray Ghost VineyardsGray Ghost Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Virginia

Approaching its 25th anniversary, Gray Ghost was a pioneer of the modern Virginia wine trade. Their Reserve Cab, 100% estate grown varietal, and is only produced in exceptional years. New French oak, 3 yrs aging, and malo contribute to vibrant plum, blackberry and mocha notes, lush tannins, and lingering finish. Ageworthy, 20+ years according to the winery! Suggested retail: $50.00

2018 ASWA CATEGORY WINNER Sparkling Vinifera Wine

ASWA winner 21 Brix Winery21 Brix Winery Brutella 2016, New York

Alright wine snobs! Get over yourselves! 21 Brix Winery’s Brutella 2016 from Lake Erie, NY, is named for their pink elephant mascot Ella. It is delicious! 100% chardonnay, finished dry, by winemaker Kris Kane.  Suggested retail: $19.10

2018 ASWA CATEGORY WINNER White Vinifera Blend

ASWA winner The Barns at Hamilton Station WineryThe Barns at Hamilton Station Cascina 2017, Virginia

The Barns at Hamilton Station is a family-owned winery on a former dairy farm. Virginia luminary Michael Shaps is the winemaker. Cascina is a versatile blend of equal parts sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, viognier and petit manseng, with grassy, herbal notes and a tropical finish. Suggested retail: $26.00