2019 ASWA Gold Medal Viognier

ASWA award winner Jones Von Drehle2018 Viognier by Jones von Drehle Vineyards & Winery, NC Yadkin Valley. Three different clones of viognier were used in this 100% viognier wine. Ripe apricot and peach aromas are echoed on the palate, with intriguing notes of honeysuckle intertwined.

 
 

2019 ASWA Gold Medal Blush/Rose Vinifera

ASWA winner Jones von Drehle Winery2018 Rosa Dia by Jones von Drehle Vineyards & Winery, NC.  From North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley, this 100% grenache is crisp with fresh berry flavor and quite dry in the Provencal style. Floral notes on the nose enhance the complexity.

 

2019 ASWA Gold Medal Petit Verdot

ASWA award winner Jones Von Drehle2015 Petit Verdot by Jones von Drehle Vineyards & Winery, NC. From Yadkin Valley, this full-bodied wine shows dark fruit flavors, a melange of plum, black cherry and blueberry with distinct yet smooth tannin.

98% petit verdot with a smidge of cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon.

2019 ASWA Gold Medal Berry Wine

ASWA award winner BrandonNV Cranberry Delight by Brandon Hills Vineyard, NC. From the Yadkin Valley, this blend of traminette and cranberries shows bright cherry red color leading into  cranberry and strawberry flavors.

A perfect Thanksgiving beverage for the whole family!

2019 ASWA Best of Category Winner Other Red Hybrid/NA Varietals

2017 Holiday Heaven by Holemans LLC, VA –  100% Noble (Muscadine) The Holemans brand is committed to “Making Fine Wines from Muscadines”, Steven Holemans grew up on the farm in Durham County, NC, that is now his vineyard.

“There was a uniqueness of the muscadine grapes as the skin of the grape was thicker and appeared to be non-edible. However, the juice of the muscadine was much sweeter than a normal grape. Once you bite into the muscadine grape, there is a burst of sweet juice that makes you long for more.”

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