• October 22, 2015

    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 22nd of October in Gold Room, the Rayburn 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

    2015 ATLANTIC SEABOARD WINE COMPETITION
    Table 1
    Entrant Category Entry ID Flight # Wine Description Appellation Estate-Vineyard Vintage RS Alcohol Content Retail Value Grape Ratios Special Award Award
    21 Brix
    Winery
    400 263 3-22 Champella Lake Erie NV 5.00 12.00% $18.60 100% Valvin
    Muscat
    BOC Silver
    Alba Vineyard 150 78 4-25 Dry
    Riesling
    New Jersey Alba Estate
    Vieyard
    2014 0.60 11.50% $16.99 100%
    Riesling
    Gold
    Altillo Vineyards 330 134 1-4 Cabernet
    Franc
    Virginia Altillo
    Vineyards
    NV 0.25 13.00% $18.00 100%
    Cabernet Franc
    Gold
    Barboursville Vineyards 160 383 2-24 Viognier
    Reserve
    Virginia 2014 0.20 13.00% $21.99 100%
    Viognier
    Gold
    Bluestone Vineyard 600 255 4-10 The
    Steep Face
    Shenandoah
    Valley
    Bluestone
    Vineyard
    2013 0.20 13.00% $21.50 100%
    Chambourcin
    BOC Gold
    Chateau Elan Ltd. 500 287 1-1 Muscadry
    Pink
    Georgia 2014 2.50 12.50% $15.95 100%
    Noble
    BOC Silver
    Chateau Frank 100 474 2-22 Brut Finger Lakes 2008 0.90 12.00% $24.99 60%
    Chard., 35% Pinot Noir, 5% Pinot Meunier
    Silver
    Chateau LaFayette Reneau 150 326 2-25 Riesling
    Dry
    Finger Lakes 2014 1.00 12.50% $14.99 100%
    Riesling
    Gold
    Crow Vineyards & Winery 360 419 4-8 Reserve
    Red Blend
    American 2012 0.00 13.10% $28.00 86%
    Barbera, 14% Merlot
    Silver
    Desert Rose Ranch & Winery 130 288 4-23 Hitch
    Hollow Chardonnay
    Virginia Desert Rose
    Vineyard
    2014 0.75 14.00% $24.00 100%
    Chardonnay
    Gold
    Elk Run Vineyards 330 107 4-4 Cabernet
    Franc
    Linganore Cold Friday
    Vineyard
    2013 0.00 13.00% $26.61 75%
    Cab. Franc, 20% Merlot, 5% P. Verdot
    Silver
    Fabbioli Cellars 130 151 4-23 Chardonnay Virginia Devilsbliss
    Vineyard
    2014 0.00 13.00% $22.00 100%
    Chardonnay
    Silver
    Four Quarters Meadery 760 116 1-12 Bed
    of Roses
    Pennsylvania Mobilia Fruit
    Farms
    NV 13.00 15.00% $15.00 71%
    Niagara, 23% Orange Blossom Honey, 5% Tea, 1% Raisin
    Silver
    Heritage Vineyards 130 17 1-23 Chard.,
    Barrel Ferm’d
    Outer Coastal
    Plain
    Heritage
    Vineyards
    2013 0.00 12.50% $35.00 100%
    Dijon Clone Chardonnay
    Silver
    Ingleside Plantation Vyds 190 222 4-27 Albarino Virginia 2014 0.00 13.80% $24.95 100%
    Albarino
    Gold
    Martha Clara Vineyards 120 454 4-22 Sauvignon
    Blanc
    North Fork of
    Long Island
    Martha Clara
    Vineyards
    2014 0.10 12.50% $22.00 90%
    Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Semillon
    BOC Gold
    Ospreys Dominion Vineyards, Ltd. 310 445 4-2 Merlot North Fork of
    Long Island
    Osprey’s
    Dominion Vineyards
    2010 0.00 13.00% $17.95 76%
    Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon
    BOC Gold
    Ospreys Dominion Vineyards, Ltd. 350 447 2-7 Flight
    Meritage
    North Fork of
    Long Island
    Osprey’s
    Dominion Vineyards
    2010 0.00 13.00% $26.95 51%
    Merlot, 29% Cab.Sauvignon, 12% Cab.Franc, 8% Petit Verdot
    Gold
    Romano Winery & Vineyard 600 282 4-10 Chambourcin Maryland Romano
    Vineyard
    2013 0.20 12.80% $16.00 100%
    Chambourcin
    Gold
    Shelburne Vineyard, LLC 810 254 4-13 Duet
    – Vidal Blanc Ice Wine
    Vermont Shelbourne
    & Meach Cove Vineyards
    2013 20.00 11.50% $22.00 84%
    Vidal Blanc, 16% Arctic Riesling
    BOC Gold
    Shelburne Vineyard, LLC 150 253 4-26 Riesling New York 2013 1.00 12.10% $15.00 100%
    Riesling
    Silver
    Stone Mountain Vineyards 310 119 3-3 Merlot
    Reserve
    Monticello Stone
    Mountain Vineyards
    2010 0.00 12.50% $30.00 100%
    Merlot
    Silver
    Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard 350 364 1-7 Circe Maryland Sugarloaf
    Mountain Vineyard
    2013 0.00 13.10% $23.95 39%
    Malbec, 35% Petit Verdot, 19% Cab.Franc, 7% Merlot
    Silver
    Veritas Winery 350 157 4-6 VR
    – Vintner’s Reserve
    Monticello Veritas
    Vineyards
    2013 0.00 12.50% $30.00 54%
    Merlot, 21% Cab.Franc, 16% P.Verdot, 9% Malbec
    Gold
    Dr.
    Konstantin Frank
    150 483 1-25 Semi-dry
    Riesling
    Finger Lakes 2014 2.00 12.00% $14.99 100% Riesling BOS/BOC Gold
    2015
    ATLANTIC SEABOARD WINE COMPETITION
    Table 2
    Entrant Category Entry ID Flight # Wine Description Appellation Estate-Vineyard Vintage RS Alcohol Content Retail Value Grape Ratios Special Award Award
    Alba
    Vineyard
    600 80 4-10 Chambourcin New Jersey Alba Estate Vineyard 2012 0.00 12.50% $16.99 100%
    Chambourcin
    Gold
    Anyela’s Vineyards 150 339 2-26 Riesling Finger Lakes Anyela’s
    Vineyard
    2013 3.52 11.00% $15.95 100%
    Riesling
    Gold
    Chateau Frank 100 471 2-22 Blanc
    de Blancs
    Finger Lakes 2009 0.90 12.00% $29.99 100%
    Chardonnay
    BOC Gold
    Chateau LaFayette Reneau 150 335 1-25 Riesling
    Semi-Dry
    Finger Lakes 2014 2.80 11.50% $14.99 100%
    Riesling
    Silver
    Cooper Vineyards 130 501 2-23 Chardonnay
    (Estate)
    Virginia Cooper
    Vineyards
    2014 0.02 13.00% $20.00 100%
    Chardonnay (unoaked)
    Silver
    Coyote Moon Winery 830 312 4-14 River
    Run
    New York Coyote Moon
    Vineyards
    2013 6.50 11.90% $15.80 41%
    Catawba, 27% Isabella, 16% Niagara, 6% Cayuga White, 5% Diamond, 5% Muscat
    Silver
    Delaplane Cellars 350 432 4-6 Duet Virginia 2013 0.00 13.00% $37.50 45%
    Merl., 33% C.Franc, 11% C.Sauv. 11% P.Ver.
    Silver
    Dr. Konstantin Frank 150 479 2-26 Riesling
    Reserve
    Finger Lakes 2013 4.00 12.00% $24.99 100%
    Riesling
    Gold
    Fabbioli Cellars 330 147 4-4 Cab.
    Franc Reserve
    Virginia Bella Luna
    Vineyard
    2012 0.00 12.50% $35.00 90%
    Cab. Franc, 5% Cab. Sauv., 5% Tannat
    Silver
    Glenora Wine Cellars 100 192 2-22 Brut
    MC
    Finger Lakes 2006 1.20 12.00% $29.99 68%
    Pinot Noir, 32% Chardonnay
    Silver
    Harvest Ridge Winery 350 70 1-7 Meritage Delaware Harvest Ridge
    Vineyard
    2013 0.00 13.00% $35.00 45%
    Merlot, 35% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
    Silver
    Martha Clara Vineyards 170 458 1-21 Pinot
    Grigio
    North Fork of
    Long Island
    Martha Clara
    Vineyards
    2014 0.20 12.50% $22.00 100%
    Pinot Grigio
    Gold
    Martha Clara Vineyards 130 464 2-23 Chardonnay New York 2013 0.00 12.00% $20.00 100%
    Chardonnay
    Gold
    Morais Vineyards & Winery 310 394 1-3 Merlot Virginia 2014 0.10 13.00% $23.00 100%
    Merlot
    Silver
    Natali Vineyard, LLC 190 469 1-27 Trebbiano Cape May
    County
    Natali
    Vineyards
    2014 1.50 11.00% $14.00 100%
    Trebbiano
    BOC Gold
    Newport Vineyards 170 361 1-21 Pinot
    Gris
    Rhode Island Newport
    Vineyards
    2014 0.20 12.00% $20.99 100%
    Pinot Gris
    BOC Gold
    Ospreys Dominion Vineyards, Ltd. 330 439 3-4 Cabernet
    Franc
    North Fork of
    Long Island
    Osprey’s
    Dominion Vineyards
    2012 0.00 13.00% $19.95 80%
    Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot
    BOC Gold
    Ospreys Dominion Vineyards, Ltd. 350 441 2-7 Flight North Fork of
    Long Island
    Osprey’s
    Dominion Vineyards
    2009 0.00 13.00% $23.95 65%
    Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon
    Gold
    Philip Carter Winery of Virginia 200 487 2-1 Rosewell Virginia Philip Carter
    Vineyard
    2014 0.00 13.00% $24.00 100%
    Merlot
    BOC Gold
    Shelburne Vineyard, LLC 810 254 4-13 Duet
    – Vidal Blanc Ice Wine
    Vermont Shelbourne
    & Meach Cove Vineyards
    2013 20.00 11.50% $22.00 84%
    Vidal Blanc, 16% Arctic Riesling
    BOC Gold
    Stone Mountain Vineyards 335 118 1-6 Petit
    Verdot
    Monticello Stone
    Mountain Vineyards
    2010 0.00 12.50% $34.00 100%
    Petit Verdot
    Gold
    Thirsty Owl Wine Co. 170 160 4-21 Pinot
    Gris
    Finger Lakes Thirsty Owl
    Vineyards
    2014 0.10 13.30% $14.95 100%
    Pinot Gris
    Gold
    Veritas Winery 335 156 1-6 Petit
    Verdot
    Monticello Veritas
    Vineyards
    2013 0.00 13.30% $30.00 80%
    Petit Verdot, 20% Merlot
    BOC Gold
    Virginia Mountain Vineyards 350 265 1-8 Trinity Virginia Virginia
    Mountain Vineyards
    2012 0.75 12.50% $22.00 40%
    Cab. Franc, 32% P. Verdot, 28% Merlot
    Silver
    Dr. Konstantin Frank 150 483 1-25 Semi-dry
    Riesling
    Finger Lakes 2014 2.00 12.00% $14.99 100%
    Riesling
    BOS/BOC Gold
    2015
    ATLANTIC SEABOARD WINE COMPETITION
    Table 3
    Entrant Category Entry ID Flight # Wine Description Appellation Estate-Vineyard Vintage RS Alcohol Content Retail Value Grape Ratios Special Award Award
    21 Brix
    Winery
    830 262 4-14 Ellatawba Lake Erie NV 7.00 12.00% $10.99 94% Catawba, 6%
    Fredonia
    BOC Gold
    Alba Vineyard 130 79 3-24 Estate
    Res. Chard.
    New Jersey Alba Estate
    Vineyard
    2013 0.00 12.00% $14.99 100%
    Dijon Clone Chardonnay
    BOC Gold
    Billsboro Winery 330 112 4-3 Cabernet
    Franc
    Finger Lakes Sawmill Creek
    Vineyard
    2013 0.20 13.00% $22.00 100%
    Cabernet Franc
    Gold
    Chateau Elan Ltd. 810 284 2-13 Duncan
    Creek
    Georgia NV 6.00 12.00% $11.95 100%
    Carlos
    Gold
    Chateau Frank 100 473 2-22 Celebre Finger Lakes NV 2.00 12.00% $20.99 100%
    Riesling
    Gold
    Cooper Vineyards 160 499 2-24 Viognier Virginia 2014 0.02 14.50% $28.00 100%
    Viognier
    BOC Gold
    Cross Keys Vineyards 350 4 1-7 Meritage Virginia Cross Keys
    Vineyards
    2013 0.00 13.50% $30.00 34%
    P. Verdot, 33% Cab. Franc, 33% Merlot
    Silver
    Delaplane Cellars 350 429 1-8 Williams
    Gap
    Virginia Williams Gap
    Vineyards
    2012 0.00 13.00% $49.00 41%
    Cab.Franc, 35% Cab.Sauv., 18% Mer., 6% P.Ver.
    Gold
    Fulkerson Winery 800 5 4-12 Riesling Finger Lakes Fulkerson
    Vineyards
    2014 6.00 10.00% $12.99 100%
    Riesling
    Silver
    Glenora Wine Cellars 150 196 1-25 Riesling Finger Lakes 2014 3.50 11.00% $14.99 100%
    Riesling
    Silver
    Granite Heights Winery 320 46 2-5 Cabernet
    Sauvignon
    Virginia 2010 0.00 14.60% $34.00 100%
    Cabernet Sauvignon
    BOC Gold
    Ingleside Plantation Vineyards 335 224 1-6 Petit
    Verdot
    Virginia 2013 0.00 14.50% $24.95 86%
    Petit Verdot, 14% Merlot
    Gold
    Knapp Vineyards Winery 200 182 4-1 Dry
    Rose’ of Cabernet Franc
    Finger Lakes 2014 0.30 11.50% $15.95 85%
    Cabernet Franc, 15% Pinot Noir
    Silver
    Martha Clara Vineyards 130 455 3-24 Chard.,
    Estate Reserve
    North Fork of
    Long Island
    Martha Clara
    Vineyards
    2013 0.00 13.00% $27.00 100%
    Chardonnay
    Silver
    Martha Clara Vineyards 350 466 4-6 Northville
    Red
    North Fork of
    Long Island
    Martha Clara
    Vineyards
    2013 0.00 13.50% $27.00 52%
    Merl., 30% C.S., 13% C.Franc, 5% P.Ver.
    BOC Gold
    Mazza Chautauqua Cellars 150 42 2-25 Nutt
    Road Riesling
    Finger Lakes Nutt Road 2013 0.95 12.00% $14.95 100%
    Riesling
    Gold
    Newport Vineyards 470 362 4-29 Great
    White
    Rhode Island Newport
    Vineyards
    2014 2.00 11.00% $11.99 80%
    Cayuga, 15% Vidal Blanc, 5% Riesling
    BOC Gold
    Ospreys Dominion Vineyards, Ltd. 320 438 2-5 Reserve
    Cabernet Sauvignon
    North Fork of
    Long Island
    Osprey’s
    Dominion Vineyards
    2010 0.00 13.00% $34.95 84%
    Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot
    Gold
    Rosemont of Virginia 330 241 4-4 Cabernet
    Franc
    Virginia Rosemont of
    Virginia Vineyards
    2013 0.00 13.50% $20.95 81%
    Cab Franc, 12% Cab Sauv., 4% P.Ver., 3% Mer.
    Gold
    Shelburne Vineyard, LLC 400 250 3-22 Celestial
    Louise
    Vermont 2014 1.00 12.00% $16.00 77%
    Louise Swenson, 23% Prairie Star
    Silver
    Shelburne Vineyard, LLC 810 254 4-13 Duet
    – Vidal Blanc Ice Wine
    Vermont Shelbourne
    & Meach Cove Vineyards
    2013 20.00 11.50% $22.00 84%
    Vidal Blanc, 16% Arctic Riesling
    BOC Gold
    Stinson Vineyards 310 104 4-2 Merlot Monticello Stinson
    Vineyards
    2013 0.00 12.50% $23.99 85%
    Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon
    Silver
    Sunset Hills Vineyards 350 33 1-8 Mosaic Virginia 2012 0.20 14.00% $50.00 53%
    Merlot, 47% Cabernet Franc
    Silver
    Whitecliff Vineyard 130 58 3-24 Reserve
    Chardonnay
    Hudson Valley 2013 0.00 12.00% $17.95 100%
    Chardonnay
    Gold
    Dr. Konstantin Frank 150 483 1-25 Semi-dry
    Riesling
    Finger Lakes 2014 2.00 12.00% $14.99 100%
    Riesling
    BOS/BOC Gold
    2015
    ATLANTIC SEABOARD WINE COMPETITION
    Table 4
    Entrant Category Entry ID Flight # Wine Description Appellation Estate-Vineyard Vintage RS Alcohol Content Retail Value Grape Ratios Special Award Award
    Altillo
    Vineyards
    310 135 3-3 Altavista
    Merlot
    Virginia Altillo Vineyards 2010 0.24 13.00% $30.00 100% Merlot Silver
    Barboursville Vineyards 350 386 4-6 Octagon Virginia 2013 0.00 13.50% $54.99 55%
    Merlot, 19.5% Cab.Franc, 8.5% Cab.Sauv., 17% Petit Verdot
    Silver
    Bordeleau Winery 320 207 1-5 Cabernet
    Sauvignon Lot 6
    Maryland Bordeleau
    Vineyards
    NV 0.50 13.70% $18.00 100%
    Cabernet Sauvignon
    Silver
    Bordeleau Winery 310 208 1-3 Merlot
    Lot 6
    Maryland Bordeleau
    Vineyards
    NV 0.00 13.90% $18.00 100%
    Merlot
    Gold
    Bordeleau Winery 600 209 1-10 Chambourcin
    Lot 6
    Maryland Bordeleaua
    Vineyards
    NV 0.00 13.00% $18.00 100%
    Chambourcin
    Gold
    Chateau Frank 100 472 2-22 Blanc
    de Noirs
    Finger Lakes 2009 0.90 12.00% $29.99 95%
    Pinot Noir, 5% Pinot Meunier
    Silver
    Chateau LaFayette Reneau 130 327 3-24 Prop.’s
    Res. Chard.
    Finger Lakes 2013 0.50 12.50% $19.99 100%
    Chardonnay
    Silver
    Chateau LaFayette Reneau 200 328 4-1 Pinot
    Noir Rose’
    Finger Lakes 2014 0.70 12.00% $16.99 100%
    Pinot Noir
    Silver
    Chateau LaFayette Reneau 800 331 4-12 Riesling
    Late Harvest
    Finger Lakes 2014 6.00 11.50% $14.99 100%
    Riesling
    Silver
    Chateau O’Brien at Northpoint 870 140 1-14 Apple
    Wine
    Virginia 2014 14.00 8.00% $25.00 100%
    Apples
    BOC Gold
    Coyote Moon Winery 690 311 2-2 Marquette New York Coyote Moon
    Vineyards
    2013 0.75 13.70% $24.95 100%
    Marquette
    BOC Gold
    Dr. Konstantin Frank 150 475 4-25 Dry
    Riesling
    Finger Lakes 2014 0.50 12.00% $14.99 100%
    Riesling
    Silver
    Dr. Konstantin Frank 140 477 1-26 Gewurztraminer Finger Lakes 2014 0.70 12.00% $14.99 100%
    Gewurztraminer
    BOC Silver
    Dr. Konstantin Frank 800 478 4-12 Late
    Harvest Riesling
    Finger Lakes 2013 12.00 11.00% $49.99 100%
    Riesling
    BOC Gold
    Fox Meadow Winery 350 227 1-8 Owner’s
    Select Meritage
    Virginia Fox Meadow
    Vineyard
    2012 0.02 12.50% $40.00 50%
    Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Petit Verdot
    Silver
    Fulkerson Winery 810 8 1-13 Moscato Finger Lakes Fulkerson
    Vineyards
    2013 7.00 9.00% $12.99 45%
    Muscat, 40% Himrod, 15% Lakemont
    Silver
    Knapp Vineyards 150 176 2-25 Riesling Finger Lakes 2014 2.90 11.00% $15.99 100%
    Riesling
    Gold
    Martha Clara Vineyards 100 457 2-22 Northville
    Cremant Blanc
    North Fork of
    Long Island
    Martha Clara
    Vineyards
    2005 1.20 11.00% $28.00 100%
    Chardonnay
    Gold
    Martha Clara Vineyards 200 459 2-1 Northern
    Solstice Rose’
    North Fork of
    Long Island
    Marhta Clara
    Vineyards
    2014 0.50 12.00% $17.00 75%
    Merlot, 15% Riesling, 10% Chardonnay
    Gold
    Rosemont of Virginia 310 239 4-2 Merlot Virginia Rosemont of
    Virginia Vineyards
    2013 0.00 13.50% $17.95 75%
    Merlot, 13% Cab. Sauv., 12% Cab. Franc
    Gold
    Rosemont of Virginia 340 240 3-5 Syrah Virginia Rosemont of
    Virginia Vineyards
    2013 0.00 13.00% $19.50 80%
    Syrah, 20% Chambourcin
    BOC Silver
    Sugarloaf Mountain Vyd 350 369 1-8 Comus Maryland Sugarloaf
    Mountain Vineyard
    2012 0.00 12.60% $25.95 45%
    C.Franc, 26% Merl, 24% C.Sauv., 5% Malbec
    Gold
    Veritas Winery 160 153 4-24 Viognier Monticello Veritas
    Vineyards
    2014 0.50 13.00% $25.00 100%
    Viognier
    Gold
    Wagner Vineyards 150 87 4-26 Semi-Dry
    Riesling
    Finger Lakes Wagner
    Vineyards
    2012 2.05 13.10% $14.99 100%
    Riesling
    Gold