Big E awards are under reported by this blogger, but one does need to step up and take notice every once in a while.
I humbly submit my apologies to my childhood home region (having been raise largely in Connecticut).
But here's a tip of the the hat to a new winery - LaBelle Winery of New Hampshire.
LaBelle Winery is situated atop Chestnut Hill in Amherst, New Hampshire. "We... hope to demystify the winemaking process through educational opportunities, both hands on and through seminars," sates the website. "Our wines reflect the orchard spirit and are made with grapes and other fruits all grown New Hampshire or New England. The fruits are picked at their peak and then pressed and fermented the same day, resulting in an exceptionally fresh, balanced wine. While fermenting at very low temperatures to retain the fruity qualities, we pay close attention to our acid and residual sugar balance. The results: fresh, crisp, fruity wine that reflects closely its original fruit and that is easy to enjoy with friends and family."
At the Big E They walked away with these medals:
Jalapeño Pepper Wine *SILVER MEDAL WINNER*
Spicy Fresh Bold...Made from local jalapeño peppers, this wine is excellent in salsas, marinades, dips, guacamole, dressings, fajitas and especially good as a vodka substitute a Bloody Mary! This wine is very hot and spicy so drink at your own risk!
Red Raspberry Wine *DOUBLE GOLD AWARD WINNER*
Decadent Bold Addictive...Be prepared to challenge your preconceptions of fruit wine ! This sinfully good wine is sweet but not cloying, intense but soft. The texture is clean, medium-bodied, and ripe, with seductive aromas of fresh raspberries. This wine smells as good as it tastes. Excellent with chocolate, fresh fruit and cheese, or cheesecake, or simply sip as dessert itself. Drink at room temperature or slightly chilled.
Cranberry Wine *BRONZE MEDAL WINNER*
Crisp Sweet-Tart Fresh...This refreshing wine is the perfect balance of light sweetness and tart cranberry. Made from 100% New England cranberries, this wine’s brilliant red color and bright flavor entice, while the flavor compliments a wide variety of food pairings. Especially good with traditional holiday meals, this easy to drink wine is also wonderful at all friendly gatherings served by itself, slightly chilled.
I haven't yet had any of their wine, but they deserve props, as they held off many other, better established wineries in the region.
Let's go explore, people!