Friday, June 15, 2012

2012 Winemasters Choice Awards Results Released During Maryland Wine Week

The 6th Annual Winemasters Choice Awards competition was held Thursday, May 31st in Timonium, MD.

The competition featured over 100 wines submitted by 20 Maryland wineries. Wines were divided into categories based on their characteristics and judged in a blind tasting.

Judges were Maryland winemakers as well as some members of the trade. This peer-evaluation competition is a complement to the Maryland Governor’s Cup Wine Competition, which takes place in August, and is judged solely by the wine trade and media.

The best in show award was presented to Knob Hall Winery for their 2010 Prestige, a blend of red grapes.

“We are thrilled with the recent award for our 2010 Prestige” said MaryBeth Seibert, owner and winemaker at Knob Hall Winery. “This wine is blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Chambourcin. Prestige is a reflection of our winemaking goals, and showcases the quality of grapes we can grow in Washington County.”

Other Best of Class winners include:
• Best in Class White Varietal: Costa Ventosa • Puckum Pinot Grigio 2011
• Best in Class White Blend: Boordy Vineyards • Seyval Chardonnay Vidal 2011
• Best in Class Red: Port of Leonardtown Winery • Chambourcin 2010
• Best in Class Red Blend: Knob Hall Winery • Prestige 2010
• Best in ClassOff-Dry: Slack Winery • Danny Boy 2010
• Best Sweet: Costa Ventosa • Riddle Farm Riesling 2011
• Best in Class Dessert: Detour Vineyard & Winery • Meadow Breeze 2011
• Best in Class Mead: Orchid Cellar • Amber
• Best in Class Cider Style Wine: Great Shoals Winery • Bosc & Bartlett Hard Pear 2011

The other big winner of the competition was Costa Ventosa Winery and Vineyard, of Whaleyville, Maryland. This new winery won three gold medals and two “Best in Class” awards. Both of Costa Ventosa’s “Best in Class” wines are named after different areas on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, where the winery is located.

Visit for a complete listing of Winemasters Choice Awards medal winners.

There are currently 56 licensed wineries in Maryland. These wineries—along
with independent commercial vineyards—grow over 700 acres of grapes. Maryland wineries sold about 1.6 million bottles of wine in 2011, and their wines are available at over 900 retailers and 300 restaurants.

Marylanders can try several award winning Maryland wines at the upcoming Eat•Drink•Go LOCAL event happening this Saturday in The Town of North Beach.

Details at