Friday, August 05, 2011

New Jersey Wine Competition Award Winners 2011


GSWGA MEMBERS SCORE BIG IN ANNUAL NJ WINE COMPETITION,
HERITAGE VINEYARDS NAMED WINERY OF THE YEAR

Twenty-four members of the Garden Stated Wine Growers Association have been awarded medals in the annual New Jersey Wine Competition including Winery of the Year won by Heritage Vineyards in Mullica Hill.

The competition is conducted annually by the Rutgers University Cooperative Extension under the supervision of Rutgers University wine expert, Dr. Gary Pavlis.
Member wineries that won awards include Heritage which took three gold medals for a 2009 Chambourcin, a 2010 Chardonnay Reserve and its 2009 BDX blend of four red wines. The winery also won two silver medals for a 2010 Chardonnay Cuvee and its vintage Jersey Red blend. Heritage also captured seven bronze medals for its wines including a 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, a non vintage Apple, a 2009 Cabernet Franc, a 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, a 2009 Merlot , its non vintage Jersey White and a 2009 Syrah.
The winery also was awarded the medal for best hybrid for its 2009 Chambourcin.

The Best Sparkling Wine award went to Tomasello Winery in Hammonton for its non-vintage Blanc de blanc. Tomasello also captured the Best Dessert wine award and the Association’s Governor’s Cup for a dessert wine with its 2009 Vidal Ice Wine. The Hammonton winery also won a gold medal for a 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Reserve and three silver medals for its non vintage Champagne, a 2007 Cabernet Franc and a 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon. Tomasello also won four bronze medals for its wines including a non vintage Sparkling Raspberry, a non vintage Still Raspberry, a 2007 Petit Verdot and a non vintage Blackberry.

The Best American Wine award went to Valenzano Winery of Shamong for its Shamong Red Reserve which also earned a gold medal. Valenzano also won an additional 10 bronze medals for its other wines including a White Cranberry, 2008 Merlot, a 2008 Indian Mills Blend, Pineland Blush, Cranpagne, and a 2007 Cabernet Merlot blend, a 2009 Chardonnay, a non vintage Port, a Blueberry and a Honey Wine.
Other Wineries that took awards include:

4 JG’s Orchards & Vineyards of Colts Neck took four bronze awards for its 2005 Chambourcin, 2007 Cabernet Franc, 2007 Chambourcin and its 2008 Cabernet Franc.

Amalthea Cellars of Atco took a double gold medal for its 2006 Cabernet Franc Limited and a gold medal for its 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. Amalthea also took two silver medals for its 2008 Merlot and its 2008 Cabernet Franc. The Atco based winery took 11 bronze medal for its wines including a non vintage Villard, its 2007 Europa IV blend, its 2006 Cabernet Franc Reserve, its 2008 Syrah, its 2007 Europa VII blend, its 2008 Late Harvest Villard, its 2008 Chardonnay Sur Lie, its non vintage Metis, its 2008 Europa III blend and its 2007 Chardonnay Reserve.

Auburn Road Vineyards in Piles Grove won a silver medal for its 2008 Merlot Reserve and seven bronze medals for wines including its non vintage Kind of Blue blueberry, its non vintage Blessington, its 2009 Chambourcin, its 2008 Merlot Reserve, its 2010 “The White Bottle” Chardonnay, a 2010 Pinot Grigio and its 2009 Rustica blend.

Cape May Winery in Cape May took two silver medals for its 2009 Merlot and its 2009 Cabernet Franc. The winery also won seven bronze medals for its 2010 Cape May Pinot Grigio, its 2010 Isaac Smith Albarino, its 2010 Cape May Riesling, its 2008 Isaac Smith Red Riesling, its 2009 Cape May Barrel Chardonnay, its non vintage Isaac Smith Pinot Noir and its non vintage Isaac Smith Port.

Cedarvale Vineyard in Logan Township won three bronze medals for its non vintage Nectarine, its 2009 Cabernet Franc and its 2009 Merlot.
Coda Rossa in Franklinville took a silver medal for its non vintage Cabernet Franc and bronze awards for three non vintage wines including an Ameritage and two Chambourcins.

Cream Ridge Winery of Cream Ridge took two silver medals for its non vintage Raley’s Red and its non vintage Cream Ridge White. The Monmouth County-based winery also took four bronze medals, all for non vintage wines, including its Ciliegia Amabile cherry wine, its Pineapple wine, its Almondberry wine and its Cream Ridge Red blend.

DiBella Winery in Woolwich Township won a bronze medal for its 2008 Cabernet Franc.
DiMatteo Vineyards in Hammonton won a gold medal for its non vintage Diamond Wine as well as six bronze awards for several non vintage wines including its Pasquale Red and Blushing Madison and three fruit wines including a cranberry, a strawberry and a blueberry.

Hawk Haven Vineyards in Rio Grande netted nine bronze medals for its wines including a 2009 Riesling, its 2008 Quill blend, its 2008 Red Table Wine, its 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, its 2009 Pinot Gris, its non vintage “American Kestral White” Chardonnay, its 2008 Merlot, its 2008 Talon and its 2009 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay.

Hopewell Valley Vineyards in Pennington won six bronze medals for its wines including a non vintage Vidal Blanc, a 2009 Barbera, a 2008 Chambourcin, a 2005 Port, a non vintage Pinot Grigio and a non vintage Vidal dessert wine called Dolce Vita.

Laurita Winery in New Egypt captured four bronze medals for fur non vintage wines including a Norton, a Lemberger, a Chambourcin and a Cabernet Franc Nouveau.

Natali Vineyards in Cape May Court House took bronze medals for five non vintage wines including a Tempranillo, a Dolcetta, a Beach Plum, a Nebbiolo and a Merlot.

Old York Cellars in Ringoes won a silver medal for its 2009 Sweet Riesling and two bronze awards for its 2009 Chardonnay and 2009 Vidal Blanc.

Plagido’s Winery in Hammonton took a double gold award for its non vintage Oaked Merlot and three silver medals for its non vintage Cranberry, Blueberry and Niagara wines. The winery also won bronze medals for 12 non vintage wines including its Antonio Rosso, its Concetta’s Casalinga, its Plagido’s Red, Cory’s Zucchero Essante, its White Tail Apple, Homestead port style wine, a Cabernet Sauvignon, a Chambourcin, a Cherry, a Blueberry, a Cabernet Franc Merlot blend and a Cabernet Franc Reserve.

Renault Winery in Egg Harbor won a silver medal for its 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Premium as well as 12 bronze awards for its wines including a 2008 Chardonnay Premium, its 2009 Garden State Red, a 2008 Cynthiana Reserve, a non vintage American Champagne, a non vintage Pink Champagne, a 2009 Riesling as well as a non vintage Chianti, Fresello, Chablis, Chardonnay, American Port, Louis R Premium Champagne.

Sharrott Winery in Blue Anchor captured four bronze medals for its 2010 Chardonnay Unoaked, a non vintage Vignole, a 2010 Vidal Blanc and a 2009 Merlot.

Silver Decoy Winery in Robbinsville won two silver medals for its 2008 Merlot and its 2010 Traminette. The Mercer County based winery also won four bronze awards for its 2008 Retriever, a 2009 Syrah, its 2009 Sunrise Blush and its 2008 Marechal Foch.

Terhune Orchards & Winery in Princeton picked up a silver medal for its 2009 Red Rooster as well as two bronze medals for its 2010 Vidal Blanc and its 2009 Chambourcin.

Unionville Vineyards in Ringoes captured a gold medal for “The White Montage” and a bronze for its Port Vat # 16.

Westfall Winery in Montague won bronze medals for four non vintage fruit wines including Blueberry, Strawberry/honey, Cranberry and Red Raspberry.