Tuesday, September 16, 2008


September 15, 2008
New winery wins award with its 2006 Crumbling Rock Bordeaux Blend.

A panel of experienced wine judges have tasted through flights of Maryland wine in the 19th Annual Maryland Governor’s Cup Wine Competition. This highly competitive judging is held each year to find the best wines from around the state.

The top honor is the Governor’s Cup Award—the “Best in Show”—awarded to the wine with the highest overall score. This year’s winner is the 2006 Crumbling Rock, a Bordeaux-blend from the new Black Ankle Vineyards in Mt. Airy.

“We’re honored and delighted with winning this award and we think Maryland has potential to make world-class wine,” Black Ankle Vineyards owner, Ed Boyce, said. “We’re proud to be on the cutting edge.”

“What was really impressive was the number of gold and silver medals that were awarded. The quality of Maryland wine has improved significantly,” said Al Spoler, Director of the Governor’s Cup Competition. There were seven “Best of Class” awards presented at the competition, with Elk Run Vineyards and Boordy Vineyards each winning two. There were also 25 gold medals, 46 silver medals, and 47 bronze medals awarded.

There are currently 34 wineries licensed in Maryland, according to the Maryland Wineries Association. These wineries—along with independent commercial vineyards—grow over 400 acres of grapes. Maryland wineries sold about 1.2 million bottles of wine in 2007, and their wines are available at over 800 retailers and 200 restaurants.

“The competition results are great news for our growing industry,” said Kevin Atticks, Executive Director of the Maryland Wineries Association. “It’s rare for new wineries to have such a great
showing,” Atticks said. “We hope it’s a signal of what’s to come.”

“These vineyards and wineries and their long-term crops are good for the Bay, and great for tourism,” said Hannah Byron, Assistant Secretary for Tourism, Film, and the Arts.

All of the award-winning wines will be showcased at this weekend’s 25th Anniversary Maryland Wine Festival at the Carroll County Farm Museum.

“We’re thrilled to host Maryland’s best wines at our festival,” said Dottie Freeman, director of the Carroll County Farm Museum. “With these wines, and the bright weather forecast, this will be our best year ever.”

Best of Class Awards
Best White: Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard • Pinot Grigio 2007
Best Red: Black Ankle Vineyards • Crumbling Rock 2006
Best Rosé: Elk Run Vineyards • Gypsy Rosé
Best Off-Dry: Elk Run Vineyards • Gewurztraminer 2007
Best Fruit: Boordy Vineyards • Tango Peach NV
Best Dessert: Boordy Vineyards • Eisling 2007
Best Specialty: Loew Vineyards • Country Classic NV

Gold Medal Winners
Basignani Winery • Erik’s Big Zin 2006
Black Ankle Vineyards • Crumbling Rock 2006
Boordy Vineyards • Cabernet Franc 2006
Boordy Vineyards • Chardonnay 2007
Boordy Vineyards • Eisling 2007
Boordy Vineyards • Petite Cabernet 2006
Boordy Vineyards • Riesling 2007
Boordy Vineyards • Seyval Vidal Chardonnay 2007
Boordy Vineyards • Tango Peach 2007
Bordeleau Vineyards & Winery • Merlot 2006
Cove Point Winery • Pinot Noir NV
Cygnus Wine Cellars • Cabernet Franc 2006
Elk Run Vineyards • Gewurztraminer 2007
Elk Run Vineyards • Gypsy Rosé
Fiore Winery • Riesling NV
Frederick Cellars • Riesling NV
Loew Vineyards • Country Classic NV
Loew Vineyards • Sauvignon Blanc 2007
St. Michaels Winery • Pinot Grigio 2007
Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard • Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard • Chardonnay Reserve 2006
Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard • Merlot 2006
Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard • Pinot Grigio 2007
Woodhall Wine Cellars • Cabernet Franc 2007
Woodhall Wine Cellars • Sangiovese 2007

Silver Medals
Basignani Winery • Riesling 2007
Black Ankle Vineyards • Bedlam 2006
Boordy Vineyards • Landmark Reserve 2005
Boordy Vineyards • Shiraz 2006
Boordy Vineyards • Veritas Port 2005
Boordy Vineyards • Vidal Blanc 2007
Cove Point Winery • Cabernet Franc 2006
Cove Point Winery • CabSyrah NV
Cygnus Wine Cellars • Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Dove Valley Winery • Pinot Noir Reserve 2004
Dove Valley Winery • Red Wine 2005
Elk Run Vineyards • Sweet Katherine 2007
Fiore Winery • Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Fiore Winery • Chambourcin 2005
Fiore Winery • Merlot 2004
Fiore Winery • Peach Floret NV
Fiore Winery • Pinot Grigio 2007
Fiore Winery • Scarlette NV
Fiore Winery • Vidal Blanc 2005
Fiore Winery • Zinnavo 2003
Frederick Cellars • Chardonnay 2005
Frederick Cellars • Heritage Red 2005
Frederick Cellars • Merlot 2005
Frederick Cellars • Trail’s End NV
Linganore Winecellars • Raspberry NV
Linganore Winecellars • Skipjack NV
Linganore Winecellars • Strawberry NV
Linganore Winecellars • Traminette 2005
Little Ashby Vineyards • Pinot Noir 2007
Little Ashby Vineyards • Super Talbot 2006
Perigeaux Vineyards • Mackall Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Revolution Winery • Declaration Meritage 2006
Running Hare Vineyards • Pinot Grigio NV
St. Michaels Winery • A Nice Dry Rosé
St. Michaels Winery • Chardonnay 2007
St. Michaels Winery • Chocolate Zinfandel 2006
St. Michaels Winery • Island Belle 2007
St. Michaels Winery • Martha Mt. Felix Reserve 2007
St. Michaels Winery • Viognier 2007
Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard • Maryland Chardonnay 2006
Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard • Circe 2007
Woodhall Wine Cellars • Chambourcin 2007
Woodhall Wine Cellars • Copernica Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Woodhall Wine Cellars • Jubilee Reserve Barbera 2007
Woodhall Wine Cellars • Jubliee Reserve Merlot 2007
Woodhall Wine Cellars • Vignoles 2006

Kevin Atticks, executive director
Maryland Wineries Association