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 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 Albarino

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