Sunday, March 26, 2006

Pinnacle Ridge and Vynecrest Take Home Multiple Gold Medals at 2006 Annual PA Farm Show

Pennsylvania winemaking has come a long way. In the past, Pennsylvania had long been led by names like Chaddsford, French Creek, and Blue Mountain among many. But the entire state of Pennsylvania it seems is giving other local states a solid run for their money. Good news for wine drinkers, and especially for Pennsylvania.

From January 7 to 14 of 2006, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 16 wineries competed in the Annual PA Farm, at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. They were on the main floor near the Culinary Connection. Pinnacle led the pack with four winners, including best in show and best dessert wine for their ice wine, as well as golds for their Chardonnay and Chambourcin. Vynecrest won for Best of Show Fruit Wine and for their Riesling.

Pinnacle Ridge had mad a respectable showing last year at the Finger Lakes Wine Festival and brought home multiple gold from the Pennsylvania Wine Competition. According to the winery, “frozen Vidal Blanc grapes were harvested on December 21st and pressed over a two day period to yield this exceptional desert wine.” As stated, I found exotic aromas of honey and definitely tropical fruits. I found a rich sweetness and an excellent acidity to balance it out. With 20% residual sugar, this is indeed rich dessert wine well worth the victor’s laurel’s and your hard earned cash. Ambrosia! Their Cuvee Chardonnay and Chambourcin were also very intriguing and memorable.

Vynecrest won for their Cherry DiVine and their Riesling. These were both fine wines. The Cherry DiVine was a favorite last year, and is already sold out. Vynecrest also medalled at the San Francisco International Wine Show last year.

The Gold Medal winners were as follows:

Pinnacle Ridge Winery, Ice Wine 2004- Best of Show
Vynecrest Winery, Cherry DiVyne 2005- Best of Show Fruit
West Hanover Winery, Chambourcin 2002- Best Hybrid
Vynecrest Winery, Riesling 2004- Best Vinifera
Presque Isle Wine Cellars, Creekside Niagara- Best American
Pinnacle Ridge Winery, Cuvee Chardonnay 2003- Best Sparkling
Pinnacle Ridge Winery, Ice Wine 2004- Best Dessert
Pinnacle Ridge Winery, Chambourcin
Crossing Vineyards & Winery, Cabernet/Merlot
Nissley Vineyards & Winery, Niagara
Sorrentti Cherry Valley Vineyards, Raspberry Spumante
Nissley Vineyards & Winery, Apple
Fox Ridge Vineyard, Apricot

Congrats to all!

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Pinnacle Ridge Winery, 407 Old Route 22 Kutztown PA 19530
Saturdays 10-5, Sundays 12-5, Mondays closed, Tuesday-Friday 12-5

172 Arrowhead Lane, Breinigsville, PA 18031
610-398-7525 (phone) 1-800-361-0725
Winter Hours: Open Thursday-Sunday 11am-5pm
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