Friday, August 08, 2008

Garden State Winer Growers Awards 2008

Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Wine growers group picks the top producers in N.J.

The Garden State Wine Growers Association announced the winners of its annual wine competition for wines made in New Jersey, the fifth largest producer of wine in the nation.

The Winery of the Year Award went to Alba Vineyards of Finesville, which received a gold rating for three of its wines, silver for five and bronze for five more.

The wines are rated by wine industry experts using the 20-point University of California/Davis system using clarity, color, bouquet, acidity, sweetness, body, flavor, bitterness, astringency and overall quality as criteria.

Other winners were:

Tomasello Winery in Hammonton won the Governor's Cup and the award for Best Dessert Wine with its 2007 Vidal Ice Wine.

Alba Vineyards won the Governor's Cup for Fruit Wine and the award for Best Fruit Wine with its Apple Ice Wine.

Heritage Vineyards of Richwood won the Governor's Cup for Grape Wine with its 2005 Chambourcin.

4JB's Orchards and Vineyards of Colts Neck won the awards for Best Hybrid Wine and Best Estate Wine with its 2004 Chambourcin.

Plagido's Winery in Hammonton won the award for Best American Wine with its Antonio Rosso Fredonia.

Coda Rossa of Franklinville wins the award for Best Vinifera with its 2006 Super Tuscan.
Each of the award winners received a gold rating.

Other 2008 New Jersey Wine Competition honorees whose wines also received a gold rating are as follows:

Alba Vineyards of Finesville, 2005 Chambourcin and 2006 Chambourcin

Amalthea Cellars of Atco, 2005 Europa IV

Auburn Road Vineyards of Pilesgrove, 2007 Pinot Grigio

Cape May Winery of Cape May, 2006 Barrel Chardonnay

Hopewell Valley Vineyards of Pennington, 2003 Porto Rosso and 2005 Sangiovese

Plagido's Winery, CabFranc NV

Renault Winery of Egg Harbor City, 2007 Chardonnay Premium and 2006 Cynthiana

Tomasello Winery, Blueberry NV and 2005 Chambourcin

Westfall Winery of Montague, 2006 Shiraz.
Among the 16 New Jersey wineries that received 31 silver ratings were:

Plagido's, CabFranc Reserve and Concetta's Casalinga

Renault Winery, 2006 Burgundy

Sharrott Winery, Winslow, Blueberry

Sylvin Farms, Germania, Dolci Vino

Tomasello Winery, Pomegranate NU and 2007 Epilogue
Bronze ratings were awarded to 94 varieties from 24 wineries including the following area wineries:

Amalthea Cellars, 2005 CabFranc Reserve, 2005 Cabernet Sauvignonand 2005 Europa IV

DiMatteo Vineyards, Hammonton, Blueberry, Jersey Red and Pasquale Red

Plagido's Winery, CabMerlot, Chardonnay NV and Cabernet Sauvignon NV

Renault Winery, 2007 Merlot, 2006 CabFranc, American Port, 2006 Merlot Premium, Chardonnay Amer NV, 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Royal Rouge, and Louis R. Prem. Champagne

Sharrott Winery, 2007 Chardonnay and 2007 Soso Syrah

Tomasello Winery, 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006 Sang/Shiraz, Raspberry Forte and 2005 Shiraz