appy new year, wine drinkers!
This January begins the same way as its predecessors, with the vines dormant, the juice from the most recent vintage aging, and many regional tasting rooms either operating on shorter winter hours or closed until February or March.
It also marks the announcement of the winner in two competitions, with the Farm Show contest results to be unveiled at 1 this coming Saturday on the first day of the annual state agricultural event, to be followed several weeks later by the Pennsylvania Wine Society’s (PWS) annual Wine Excellence tasting and dispersal of awards.
Here’s are links to the wineries that will be pouring, on a two-day rotation, beginning Saturday at the Farm Show:
In addition to free samples, wine is available for purchase. More on the Farm Show festivities later this week.
The Pa. Wine Society ill hold its 16th tasting and competition that recognizes the state’s wines and wineries. It’s a contest that has changed only slightly over the past decade and a half, open for a long time only to wines made out of vinifera grapes. That was altered a few weeks ago, allowing hybrids Chambourcin and Traminette into the contest, which is judged in November or December.
As Averill Shepps wrote in her PWS column a couple months ago: “Recently I was told by friends who enjoy wine that there aren’t any good wines made in Pennsylvania, assuming that I would probably agree with them. I told them as nicely as I could that they simply had not been to places where the best wines were available and that if they did want to learn about Pennsylvania wines, they had to come to the PWS event in January where we present a tasting of the ten top scoring wines from our annual judging. I told them that they would be amazed and pleased to find out what is being done by some of the wineries in our state.”
The annual event usually lasts a couple hours and features a representative from each of the wineries represented in the top 10 finishers, who talk about the vintage and what went into making the wine. Waltz Vineyards in Manheim, Lancaster County, which often placed multiple wines among the top 10 finishers, won its first championship trophy for its 2013 Crow Woods Cabernet Sauvignon, its top-of-the-line wine.
As always, this year’s event will take place at Hilton Harrisburg, from 2 to 4:30 p.m., on Jan. 28. Click here to purchase tickets.
Here’s a list in alphabetical order of the HONORABLE MENTION wines, which finished out of the top 10 but deserved recognition.
Armstrong Valley Winery, Halifax, Perry County: Chardonnay 2016
Benigna’s Creek, Klingerstown, Schuylkill County: Delicioso Sol
Nissley Vineyards and Winery Estate, Bainbridge, Lancaster County: Chambourcin 2016
Penns Woods Winery, Brandywine Valley: Moscato 2016
Presque Isle Wine Cellars, North East, Erie County: Eskimo Kisses
Red Shale Ridge Vineyards, Hegins, Schuylkill County: Vidal Blanc 2015
South Shore Winery, North East, Erie County: Carmine 2106
The Vineyard at Grandview, Mount Joy, Lancaster County: Albarino 2016
The Vineyard at Grandview: Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
The Vineyard at Grandview: Merlot 2105
Vynecrest Vineyards and Winery, Breinigsville, Lehigh County: Lemberger Lehigh Valley 2015
Waltz Vineyards and Winery, Manheim, Lancaster County: Baron Red Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Waltz Vineyards and Winery: Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Here’s the TOP 10 FINALISTS in alphabetical order that will be tasted, with the winner to be announced at the end of the session.
Chaddsford Winery, Brandywine Valley: Artisan Series Cabernet Sauvignon Hopewell Vineyard 2015
Fero Vineyards and Winery, Lewisburg, Union County: Dry Rose Pinot Noir 2016
Fero Vineyards and Winery: Saperavi 2015
Mazza Vineyards, North East, Erie County: Teroldego 2016
Nimble Hill Vineyard and Winery, Tunkhannock, Wyoming County: Gruner Veltliner 2015
Penns Woods Winery: Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2013
Penns Woods Winery: Viognier Reserve 2016
Presque Isle Wine Cellars: Port Touriga Nationale
Presque Isle Wine Cellars: Traminette Wine Cellars Lake Erie 2016
Waltz Vineyards and Winery: Cabernet Sauvignon Crow Woods 2014