2019 ASWA Gold Medal Chambourcin

ASWA winner Port of Leonardtown Chambourcin2017 Chambourcin by Port of Leonardtown Winery, MD.

Juicy, jammy berry flavors dominate in this chambourcin from grapes grown in southern MD. The warm temps in the region yield less acidic, riper fruit. 5% Merlot rounds out the blend.  1.5% rs. Low alc at 12%.

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 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 White Vinifera Blends

ASWASWA winner cool ridge Riesling2017 Cool White by Cool Ridge Vineyard, MD

Gerhard Glocker’s 15 acre vineyard lies on a steep, south-facing slope that terraces down to Cool Hollow and Antietam Creek in the Cumberland Valley.

The fertile, well-drained limestone soils yield nine different vinifera varietals. This winner is composed of equal amounts of pinot gris, viognier, riesling, and traminette, vinified dry for fresh fruit flavor and hints of white flower.


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 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


ASWA winner Boordy AlbarinoBoordy Vineyards Landmark Albarino 2017, Maryland

From South Mountain Vineyard in Maryland, the Spanish grape Albarino is still a rarity here, but enjoying great success. At this vineyard, rocky, well-drained soils and an extended growing season combine with great airflow that minimizes frost. The wine is cool fermented and bottled early to capture fresh peach and flower aromas and crisp acidity. Suggested retail: $20.00

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