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 Red Hybrid/Native American Blend

ASWA winner Deer Run Runway RedDeer Run Winery Runway Red NV, New York

From the Finger Lakes AVA in NY, this blend features corot noir and noiret with a touch of Marechal Foch and chambourcin. Corot noir typically shows deep red color and attractive berry and cherry fruit aromas while noiret contributes notes of green and black pepper, with raspberry and mint aromas, and a fine tannin structure. Semi-dry and smooth. Suggested retail: $12.99  

2018 ASWA CATEGORY WINNER Sweet Red Hybrid/Native American

ASWA winner 21 Brix21 Brix Winery Ella’s Red, NV, New York

From Lake Erie, NY. Seven-year-old 21 Brix Winery had two Best of Category winners this year. Unabashedly sweet and jammy, Ella’s Red is 100% concord, and the perfect pairing for Cherry Chocolate Cookies.  Suggested retail: $9.99

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 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