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 Merlot

ASWA winner Jones von Drehle WineryJones von Drehle Vineyards & Winery Merlot 2014, North Carolina

 Thirty acres in the Yadkin Valley in North Carolina, purchased a decade ago by the Jones and von Drehle families, produced this Best of Category winner. Five clones of merlot are planted in the coolest section of the vineyard ensuring a long growing season to maximize flavor. The winery recommends a classic boeuf bourguignon with this plummy, spicy wine. Suggested retail: $24.00