2018 ASWA CATEGORY WINNER Other Red Hybrid/Native American Varietals

ASWA winner Shelburne MarquetteShelburne Vineyard Marquette 2016, Vermont

One of the most successful cold-climate grapes, Marquette was developed in Minnesota and thrives in Vermont. Owner Ken Albert became inspired to grow grapes after visiting vineyards even further to the north in Canada.

Shelburne’s Marquette is rich, robust and spicy, benefitting from lees contact, and is produced using sustainable practices at this LEED-designed winery. Suggested retail: $20.00  

2018 ASWA CATEGORY WINNER Chambourcin

Port of Leonardtown Winery Chambourcin Reserve 2014, Maryland

This chambourcin is made of fruit from the 12-vineyard Port of Leonardtown Winery co-op in southern Maryland. Winemaker Lauren Zimmerman highlights the herbal and spice notes of the grape, achieved by aging in French and American oak for 18 months. 15% cabernet franc lends a peppery, cassis touch. Suggested retail: $27.99

2018 ASWA CATEGORY WINNER Blush/Rose Vinifera

ASWA winner Shelton 259 Dry RoseShelton Vineyards 259 Dry Rose 2017, North Carolina

From the Yadkin Valley AVA in North Carolina, winemaker Ethan Brown makes use of a gravity flow system to ensure gentle handling of the juice. Vinified bone dry and made with equal parts petit verdot, tannat and merlot, this rose is medium-bodied and crisp with cherry, strawberry and juicy watermelon flavors. Note: owners Charlie and Ed Shelton were instrumental in creating the Yadkin Valley AVA, North Carolina’s first, in 2003. Suggested retail: $14.99

2018 ASWA CATEGORY WINNER Other White Hybrid/Native American Varietal

ASWA winner Shelburne VineyardShelburne Vineyard LaCrescent 2017, Vermont

Notably cold hardy – to -36F – the LaCrescent grape comes into its own in Vermont. With flavors that may remind you of a moscato, it’s a relatively new grape (2002) created by the University of Minnesota. Shelburne’s expression is semi-dry and delicious, with a floral bouquet, juicy peach/apricot flavors and crisp acidity. Suggested retail: $16.99

2018 ASWA CATEGORY WINNER Sauvignon Blanc

ASWA winner Stinson VineyardsStinson Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Virginia

From the Monticello AVA, a combination of estate fruit and fruit from Mt. Juliet Vineyards which is across the road from the winery, this flinty, mineral-laden Sauvignon Blanc is balanced with melon and opulent white flower flavors. Fermented sur lie in concrete (see the “egg”!) and stainless steel. Clean, crisp and lingering. Suggested retail: $21.99

2018 ASWA CATEGORY WINNER: Other Red Vinifera Blend

ASWA winner Philip CarterPhilip Carter Winery of Virginia Cleve 2015, Virginia

Cleve Hall was an historic estate owned by the Carter family, and this tribute wine comprises all the history and fine quality the Carter family has embraced since their first wine award in London in 1762. Cleve 2015 is a 50/50 blend of petit verdot and tannat. Rustic yet velvety, with subtle oak married with jammy notes. The winery recommends decanting. Suggested retail: $45.00

2018 ASWA CATEGORY WINNER Fortified Wine

ASWA winner Deer Run DocksideDeer Run Winery Dockside NV, New York

On Conesus Lake in NY’s Finger Lakes AVA, Deer Run produces this yummy dessert wine, aged on bourbon barrel staves. It’s made with 60% frontenac and 40% noiret grapes. Frontenac gives a cherry/chocolate note and noiret contributes light spice. Smoky with dark cherry notes and a warm woody essence, the wine was fortified to 15.5%. Suggested retail: $18.99

2018 ASWA CATEGORY WINNER Sweet White Interspecific Blend

ASWA winner Rockbridge V d'OrRockbridge Vineyard V d’Or 2016, Virginia

The technology of refrigeration becomes art as practiced by Rockbridge Vineyards in the production of this “ice wine.” From Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, this blend of vidal blanc, riesling, and vignoles with a touch of traminette yields a lush wine redolent of honey and oranges. Suggested retail: $25.00

2018 ASWA CATEGORY WINNER Port-Styled Wine

ASWA winner Port of Leonardtown WineryPort of Leonardtown Winery Port 2014, Maryland

Yes, Port of Leonardtown Port has captured the Best of Category for port-style wine. Made with chambourcin grapes grown in St. Mary’s and Calvert counties by this winemaking co-op located just off the Chesapeake Bay in Southern MD. The wine is robust, and rich with dark fruit flavor, fortified to 20% alcohol. Pair with dark chocolate or spice cake. Suggested retail: $27.99

2018 ASWA CATEGORY WINNER Sweet Fruit Wine

ASWA winner Tomasello WineryTomasello Winery Cranberry NV, New Jersey

 Tomasello Winery in Hammonton, NJ, dates back to the repeal of Prohibition and in fact holds winery license #68 in the whole country. In the 1970’s they were among the first to experiment with French American hybrid grapes. Justifiably proud of their portfolio of fruit wines, Charles Tomasello Jr, 3rd generation owner, says, “We select fruit from specific growers whose passion in fruit growing matches our passion in wine making.” With cranberries from Massachusetts, Tomasello Cranberry Wine is a 100% natural wine showing intense color, lightly sweet and balanced with characteristic tart acidity. Suggested retail: $12.95