2019 ASWA Best of Category Winner Petit Verdot

2016 Petit Verdot by Casanel Vineyards, VA. Winemaker Katie DeSouza aged this 100% petit verdot for 18 month in French oak. Flavors of black plum, blueberry, cassis, violets, and dark chocolate shine in this estate-grown bottling from the Middleburg AVA.

2019 ASWA Best of Category Winner Riesling

ASWA award winner Woody Lodge Riesling_award_winner2018 Riesling by Woody Lodge Winery, PA. This six-year-old winery nestled in the Allegheny Mountains of Central Pennsylvania highlights the quality that can be brought forth from this area.

Their 100% Riesling is  semi-dry with hints of pear, peach, and apricot.

2019 ASWA Best of Category Winner Other White Vinifera Varietals

ASWA winner Barboursville2018 Vermentino Reserve by Barboursville Vineyards, VA. Barboursville’s extraordinary love of Virginia terroir combines with their Italian heritage in this 100% vermentino bottling.  

A classic with seafood, the wine is luscious and minerally at the same time brought about by extended contact with the lees and stainless steel aging.

2019 ASWA Best of Category Winner Other Red Vinifera Varietals

ASWA winner Effingham ManorSister winery to Pearmund Cellars and Vint Hill Craft Winery, 2017 Tannat by Effingham Manor Winery, VA is 100% tannat from select vineyards in Virginia.

Spice notes marry with black raspberry, plum and currant flavors in this enticingly full-flavored wine.

2019 ASWA Best of Category Winner Seyval / Chardonel

ASWA winner Narmada vineyard fall2017 Chardonel Reserve by Narmada Winery, VA. Winemaker/owner Sudha Patil is a specialist in the chardonel grape. This estate-grown 100% chardonel shows creamy white fruits and citrus flavors and a richness achieved through aging on lees.

The winery recommends pairing with soft-shell crabs, chicken curry, or foie gras.  

2019 ASWA Best of Category Winner Port-Styled Wines

ASWA winner Black_Pearl__29566.15544899622018 Black Pearl by Woody Lodge Winery, PA.  Produced by Woody Lodge in Pennsylvania’s Allegheny Mountains using New York fruit.

100% blackberry juice fortified to port strength. Rich and flavorful, the winery’s first port-style wine is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

2019 ASWA Best of Category Winner Petit Manseng

ASWA winner Wisdom Oak PetitManseng2018 Petit Manseng by Wisdom Oak Winery, VA. Petit Manseng is all the rage in Virginia. This example from Jason and Laura Lavallee’s Wisdom Oak Winery shows why.

100% petit manseng from their Monticello Orchard House Vineyard, the wine aged for 7 months in stainless steel, and shows aromas of pear, honeysuckle and light florals. Delicate, delicious and thirst-quenching.

2019 ASWA Best of Category Winner Other Red Vinifera Blends

ASWA winner Calliope-20172017 Calliope by Muse Vineyards, VA. The owners of Muse Vineyards find their “inspiration and our devotion to time-honored farming and wine production techniques…[in the] the legendary domaine vineyards of France and Italy.”

This Rhone-style blend of 65% grenache and 35% mourvedre from the Shenandoah Valley AVA is rich and deep with notes of black fruit and spice.

2919 ASWA Best of Category Winner Gewurztraminer

ASWA winner Lamoreaux2017 Dry Gewurztraminer by Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars, NY. From the Finger Lakes AVA, this estate-bottled 100% gewurztraminer was fermented in stainless steel to maintain lush aromas of blossom, lychee and spice.

A hint of ginger and spice on the palate make this the perfect accompaniment to Asian and Mexican cuisine or even your holiday turkey.

 

2019 ASWA Best of Category Winner Fortified Wines

ASWA winner 53rd winery press2017 Genesis by Fifty-Third Winery & Vineyards, VA. Genesis is a fortified wine made with 100% norton grapes from the winery’s White Walnut Vineyard.

Fifty-Third Winery has 103 acres with 22 acres planted to different varietals. The original  “green” tasting room officially opened in 2011 and holds a LEED Platinum certification.