Thursday, July 27, 2006

New England Wineries Shine at Big E Northeast Gold Wine Competition

Food Notes
01:00 AM EDT on Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Wine winners

Middletown's Newport Vineyard's S.E.N.E. Pinot Grigio was recently selected as the 2006 Best Rhode Island Wine in the first Big E Northeast Gold Wine Competition. The judging was held on May 28 in Cromwell, Conn. Winners will be showcased and on display during this year's Big E in the State Buildings during this year's 17 day Fair in West Springfield, Mass., Sept. 15 to Oct. 1.

Priam Vineyards of Colchester's 2003 St. Croix won Best Connecticut Wine. Best Massachusetts Wine went to Obadiah McIntyre Farm Winery, located in Charlton, for its 2004 Red Raspberry Wine. A Cayuga White from Jewell Towne Vineyards, South Hampton, won Best New Hampshire Wine. Putney Mountain Winery in Putney was awarded Best Vermont Wine for its 2004 Apple Maple. Best Maine Wine went to Winterport Flying Dutchman, from Winterport.

Three panels of judges sniffed, tasted and graded 182 wines on numerous qualities.

A total of seven Double Gold Medals were awarded -- Obadiah McIntyre Farm Winery's 2005 Peach Wine and 2004 Red Raspberry; Priam Vineyards' 2003 St. Croix; Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards' 2005 Harvest Reserve Riesling and Finger Lakes Cream Sherry; Alison Wines & Vineyards' Fraise Strawberry; and Hunt Country Vineyards' 2005 Late Harvest Vignoles.