• The Congressional Wine Caucus was formed in 1999 with the goal of emphasizing to Congressional members the importance of the wine industry in their respective districts and to allow the public a focus for industrial needs and requirements. There are currently over 215 members from both House and Senate who belong to the Congressional Wine Caucus. The original founders of the Wine Caucus were George Radanovich (R) from the 19th Congressional District in California and Mike Thompson (D) from the 1st Congressional District in California. Mike Thompson remains the democratic co-chairman of the caucus. With the retirement of George Radanovich, the Republican Co-Chairman of the Caucus is now Dan Lungren from the 3rd Congressional District in California. The Congressional Wine Caucus has been supportive of the efforts of the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association to promote the east coast as a quality wine producing area which is in line with the charter of the Caucus. Representative Mike Thompson has sponsored in the past the Association’s annual award ceremony on Capitol Hill to permit attending award winning wineries to received the competition’s Best of Show Trophy and the competition’s Best of Category certificates from their respective Congressman. The award ceremony is held after the July competition usually in the Fall timeframe. This year (2014) it was sponsored by

    This year the award ceremony for the winners of the 10th annual competition was held on the 19th of November in room 1300, the House Agricultural Committee room in the Longworth House Office Building. Over 200 Congressmen, Chiefs of Staff, Legislative Assistants, staffers and winery representatives attended the event. In addition, members of the cadre from the Brotherhood of the Knights of the Vine poured

    At this event, the Tiffany Sterling Silver Trophy is awarded to the BEST of SHOW winery and the recipient has their name engraved on it and is allowed to keep it for one year.

    See photo gallery for pictures of this year’s event.

    2014 ATLANTIC SEABOARD WINE COMPETITION
    Table 1
    Entrant Wine Description Vintage Alcohol Content Retail Value Grapes Special Award Award
    Altillo
    Vineyards
    Shiraz NV 13.00% $20.00 100% Shiraz BOC Gold
    AmRhein Wine Cellars Petit
    Verdot
    2012 12.50% $25.00 100%
    Petit Verdot
    Silver
    Bluestone Vineyard Meritage 2010 14.50% $29.50 34%
    Cab.Sauvignon, 33% Cab.Franc, 33% Merlot
    Gold
    Chateau Elan Ltd. Muscadry 2013 12.50% $15.95 100%
    Carlos (Muscadine)
    Gold
    Chateau Frank Brut 2007 12.00% $24.99 49%
    Pinot Noir, 45% Chardonnay, 6% Pinot Meunier
    Gold
    Chateau LaFayette Reneau Dry
    Riesling
    2012 12.00% $14.99 100%
    Riesling
    BOC Gold
    Coyote Moon Winery Fire
    Boat Red
    2013 11.80% $10.95 100%
    Concord
    BOC Gold
    Democracy Vineyards Republic 2013 14.00% $16.00 100%
    Petit Manseng
    BOC Gold
    Democracy Vineyards Dawn’s
    Light
    2012 12.50% $16.00 100%
    Merlot
    BOC Gold
    Dr. Konstantin Frank Pinot
    Gris
    2012 12.00% $14.99 100%
    Pinot Gris
    Silver
    Dr. Konstantin Frank Chardonnay
    – Barrel Fermented
    2012 12.00% $14.99 100%
    Chardonnay
    Silver
    Earle Estate Meadery Wart
    Hog Hard Apple Cider
    NV 5.50% $9.99 100%
    Cider
    Gold
    Four Sisters Winery Chambourcin 2013 11.00% $14.00 100%
    Chambourcin
    Silver
    Granite Heights Winery humility 2010 15.00% $24.00 60%
    Cab.Sauvignon, 35% Cab.Franc, 5% P.Verdot
    Gold
    Granite Heights Winery Ashby NV 18.00% $21.99 100%
    Touriga
    Silver
    Lakewood Vineyards, Inc. Vignoles 2013 11.70% $9.99 100%
    Vignoles
    Gold
    Paradise Springs Winery Meritage 2012 14.50% $42.00 38%
    Petit Verdot, 25% Cab. Sauvignon, 22% Cab.Franc, 8% Merlot, 7% Malbec
    Gold
    Penns Woods Winery Cabernet
    Sauvignon
    2009 13.50% $35.00 100%
    Cabernet Sauvignon
    Gold
    Presque Isle Wine Cellars Cabernet
    Franc
    2012 12.00% $34.99 84.7%
    Cabernet Franc, 15.3% Merlot
    Gold
    Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard Evoe 2011 13.40% $38.95 62%
    Merlot, 20% P.Verdot, 9% Malbec, 8% Cab.Sauvignon, 1% Cab.Franc
    Silver
    The Winery at Bull Run Petit
    Verdot
    2012 13.00% $32.00 100%
    Petit Verdot
    Gold
    Trump Winery. Sauvignon
    Blanc
    2013 12.50% $16.00 100%
    Sauvignon Blanc
    BOC Gold
    Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery Riesling 2013 12.00% $16.95 100%
    Riesling
    Gold
    Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery Awosting
    White
    NV 12.00% $14.95 70%
    Seyval Blanc, 30% Vignoles
    Silver
    Chateau Frank Blanc
    de Noirs
    2008 12.00% $29.99 95% Pinot Noir,
    5% Pinot Meunier
    BOS/BOC Gold
    2014
    ATLANTIC SEABOARD WINE COMPETITION
    Table 2
    Entrant Wine Description Vintage Alcohol Content Retail Value Grapes Special Award Award
    Alba
    Vineyard
    Pinot Noir 2012 13.50% $23.99 100% Pinot Noir BOC Gold
    Allegheny Cellars Winery Wildcat
    White
    NV 11.10% $9.67 100%
    Niagara
    Gold
    Barboursville Vineyards Vermentino
    Reserve
    2013 13.00% $22.99 100%
    Vermentino
    Gold
    Coyote Moon Winery Twisted
    Sister
    2013 12.00% $15.80 100%
    Frontenac
    Silver
    Early Mountain Vineyards Eluvium 2012 12.50% $32.00 50%
    Merlot, 32% Cab.Sauv., 18% Cab.Franc
    Gold
    Fox Meadow Winery Merlot 2012 12.50% $28.00 95%
    Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc
    BOC Gold
    Frogtown Cellars Kritzer
    Family Reserve Tannat
    2010 13.80% $48.99 100%
    Tannat
    Silver
    Fulkerson Winery William
    Vigne Juicy Sweet Riesling
    2013 9.00% $13.99 100%
    Riesling
    Gold
    Heritage Vineyards Estate
    Reserve BDX
    2012 13.00% $70.00 61%
    Merlot, 22% Cab.Sauv., 7% Cab.Franc, 6% P.Verdot, 4% Malbec
    Gold
    Heritage Vineyards Limited
    Rose’
    2013 13.50% $18.00 100%
    Cabernet Franc
    Silver
    Jefferson Vineyards Meritage 2012 13.50% $29.95 47%
    Petit Verdot, 28% Merlot, 16% Cab.Franc, 9% Cab.Sauvignon
    Silver
    Knapp Vineyards Winery & Restaurant Gewurztraminer
    – Semi-Dry
    2013 12.50% $14.95 100%
    Gewurztraminer
    BOC Gold
    Lake Anna Winery Seyval
    Blanc
    2013 12.50% $15.00 100%
    Seyval Blanc
    Gold
    Martha Clara Vineyards Northville 2010 12.50% $27.99 78%
    Merlot, 8% Cab.Franc, 6% P.Verdot, 5% Cab.Sauv., 3% Merlot
    BOC Gold
    Morais Vineyards & Winery Cherry 2013 18.00% $30.00 100%
    Morello Cherry
    BOC Gold
    Nassau Valley Vineyards Naked
    Chardonnay
    2012 12.79% $16.00 100%
    Chardonnay
    Silver
    Ospreys Dominion Vineyards, Ltd. Cabernet
    Franc
    2010 13.00% $18.00 83%
    Cabernet Franc, 17% Merlot
    BOC Gold
    Port of Leonardtown Winery 1634
    Chardonnay (Barrel Fermented)
    NV 13.00% $22.99 80%
    Chardonnay, 20% Viognier
    Silver
    Romano Winery & Vineyard Chambourcin 2012 13.50% $16.00 100%
    Chambourcin
    Silver
    Shelburne Vineyard, LLC Harvest
    Widow’s Revenge
    2013 12.00% $15.00 54%
    Marquette, 35% St.Croix, 5% Prairie Star, 3% Sabrevois, 2% Louise Swenson, 1%
    Riesling
    BOC Gold
    Slack Winery White
    Shoals
    2009 11.50% $37.99 100%
    Chardonel
    Gold
    The Winery at Bull Run Chardonnay 2012 12.90% $29.00 100%
    Chardonnay
    BOC Gold
    Thirsty Owl Wine Co. Riesling 2013 11.00% $14.95 100%
    R iesling
    Gold
    Trump Winery. Viognier 2013 12.50% $24.00 100%
    Viognier
    Gold
    Chateau Frank Blanc
    de Noirs
    2008 12.00% $29.99 95%
    Pinot Noir, 5% Pinot Meunier
    BOS/BOC Gold
    2014
    ATLANTIC SEABOARD WINE COMPETITION
    Table 3
    Entrant Wine Description Vintage Alcohol Content Retail Value Grapes Special Award Award
    Alba
    Vineyard
    Chambourcin 2011 12.00% $16.99 100%
    Chambourcin
    Gold
    Barboursville Vineyards Viognier
    Reserve
    2013 13.00% $21.99 100%
    Viognier
    Gold
    Belhurst Estate Winery Semi-Dry
    Riesling
    2013 11.50% $18.95 100%
    Riesling
    Gold
    Boordy Vineyards Eisling
    – Sweet Vidal Reserve
    2013 12.00% $19.95 100%
    Vidal Blanc
    BOC Gold
    Cape May Winery Cape
    May White
    NV 12.00% $17.00 100%
    Vidal Blanc
    Gold
    Chateau LaFayette Reneau Seyval-Chardonnay NV 11.50% $9.99 74%
    Seyval Blanc, 26% Chardonnay
    BOC Gold
    Chateau LaFayette Reneau Dry
    Riesling
    2013 12.00% $14.99 100%
    Riesling
    Gold
    Delaplane Cellars Williams
    Gap
    2012 $49.00 41%
    Cab.Franc, 35% Cab.Sauv., 18% Merlot, 6% P.Verdot
    Gold
    Horton Cellars Winery Pinotage 2012 13.70% $20.00 100%
    Pinotage
    BOC Gold
    Narmada Winery Merlot 2011 12.10% $35.00 88%
    Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc
    Gold
    Nassau Valley Vineyards Laurel’s
    Red
    2012 12.48% $18.00 100%
    Chambourcin
    Silver
    Ospreys Dominion Vineyards, Ltd. Reserve
    Cabernet Sauvignon
    2010 13.00% $35.00 83%
    Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot
    Gold
    Penns Woods Winery Bancroft
    Riesling
    2013 11.50% $19.00 100%
    Riesling
    Gold
    Port of Leonardtown Winery Chambourcin
    Reserve
    2010 13.30% $25.99 80%
    Chambourcin, 10% Cab.Franc, 10% Merlot
    Silver
    Presque Isle Wine Cellars Falling
    Waters
    2013 12.00% $15.99 60%
    Valvin 13, 40% Bacchus
    BOC Gold
    Presque Isle Wine Cellars Pinot
    Gris
    2012 11.30% $17.99 100%
    Pinot Gris
    Silver
    Rosemont of Virginia Rose’ 2013 13.00% $16.95 100%
    Chambourcin
    Silver
    Sharrott Winery Pinot
    Grigio
    NV 12.00% $15.99 100%
    Pinot Grigio
    BOC Gold
    Shelburne Vineyard, LLC La
    Crescent
    2013 11.80% $17.00 100%
    La Crescent
    BOC Gold
    Stinson Vineyards Cabernet
    Franc
    2012 12.80% $22.99 80%
    Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot
    Gold
    Sunset Hills Vineyards Sunset
    White
    2013 12.00% $22.00 50%
    Traminette, 50% Vidal Blanc
    BOC Silver
    Trump Winery. New
    World Reserve
    2012 13.00% $28.00 42%
    Merlot, 33% Cab.Franc, 15% Cab.Sauv., 10% P.Verdot
    Silver
    Waltz Vineyards Fusion 2013 13.50% $20.00 50%
    Semillon. 25% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Chardonnay
    BOC Silver
    Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery Table
    Rock Red
    2013 12.00% $13.95 65%
    Noiret, 20% DeChaunac, 15% Gamay Noir
    Gold
    Chateau Frank Blanc
    de Noirs
    2008 12.00% $29.99 95%
    Pinot Noir, 5% Pinot Meunier
    BOS/BOC Gold
    2014
    ATLANTIC SEABOARD WINE COMPETITION
    Table 4
    Entrant Wine Description Vintage Alcohol Content Retail Value Grapes Special Award Award
    868
    Estate Vineyards
    Cabernet Franc 2013 12.60% $26.00 75% Cabernet
    Franc, 25% Merlot
    Gold
    Allegheny Cellars Winery Fawnd
    Memories
    NV 11.30% $9.67 86%
    Cayuga, 14% Concord
    Silver
    Altillo Vineyards Merlot 2010 13.00% $20.00 100%
    Merlot
    Gold
    Barboursville Vineyards Octagon 2010 14.30% $54.99 60%
    Merlot, 20% Cab.Franc, 15% Cab.Sauvignon, 5% P.Verdot
    Gold
    Bluestone Vineyard Blue
    Ice
    2012 13.10% $25.50 100%
    Traminette
    Gold
    Bordeleau Winery Chambourcin  Lot 5 NV 13.50% $18.00 100%
    Chambourcin
    BOC Gold
    Cape May Winery Pinot
    Grigio
    2013 12.60% $20.00 100%
    Pinot Grigio
    Silver
    Chateau Frank Celebre
    Rose’
    NV 12.00% $20.99 100%
    Pinot Meunier
    Gold
    Chateau LaFayette Reneau Semi-Dry
    Riesling
    2013 11.50% $14.99 100%
    Riesling
    Silver
    Coyote Moon Winery Island
    Mama
    2013 13.20% $17.95 65%
    La Crescent, 17.5% Briana, 17.5% Frontenac Gris
    Silver
    Cross Keys Vineyards & Estate Joy
    White
    2013 13.00% $17.50 100%
    Vidal Blanc
    BOC Gold
    Desert Rose Ranch & Winery Fiery
    Run
    2012 13.30% $28.00 100%
    Cabernet Franc
    Gold
    Dr. Konstantin Frank Gewurztraminer 2013 13.00% $14.99 100%
    Gewurztraminer
    Gold
    Earle Estate Meadery Wart
    Hog, Porky’s Pleasure, Hard Cherry Cider
    NV 5.50% $9.99 90%
    Cider, 10% Cherry
    Gold
    Flying Fox Vineyard Viognier 2013 13.00% $18.00 100%
    Viognier
    Gold
    Harvest Moon Cidery at Critz Farm Glinda’s
    Gold
    2013 6.25% $9.25 100%
    Apples
    Silver
    Hopewell Valley Vineyards Chambourcin 2010 12.80% $17.95 100%
    Chambourcin
    Silver
    Newport Vineyards Pinot
    Gris
    2013 12.00% $18.99 100%
    Pinot Gris
    Gold
    Paradise Springs Winery Cabernet
    Sauvignon
    2012 13.90% $32.00 100%
    Cabernet Sauvignon
    BOC Gold
    Sharrott Winery Tango 2011 12.00% $18.99 50%
    Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot
    Silver
    Sharrott Winery Chambourcin 2012 13.00% $24.99 100%
    Chambourcin
    Silver
    Shelburne Vineyard, LLC Louise
    Swenson
    2013 12.00% $15.00 100%
    Louise Swenson
    Gold
    Thirsty Owl Wine Co. Dry
    Riesling
    2013 11.20% $14.95 100%
    Riesling
    Gold
    Veritas Winery Vintner’s
    Reserve (VR)
    2012 13.00% $30.00 40%
    P.Verdot, 40% Cab.Franc, 15% Merlot, 5% Malbec
    Silver
    Chateau Frank Blanc
    de Noirs
    2008 12.00% $29.99 95%
    Pinot Noir, 5% Pinot Meunier
    BOS/BOC Gold