Friday, August 31, 2012

Burlington Free Press: Vermont vineyards bring home wins for cold climate wines

This is a great news story. And special congrats goes to Lorraine P. Berkett, who is Professor Emerita at University of Vermont and the most influential Extension agent for grapes in New England. She is, in the northeast, the leader in cold climate grape production. Her website, which works for anyone working in a cold weather climate, is referenced by people from Albany, New York to Portland, Maine. - C. DeVito

Inside Dish: Vermont vineyards bring home wins for cold climate wines
Burlington Free Press
4:03 PM, Aug 23, 2012

Vermont winemakers took home accolades from the 2012 International Cold Climate Wine Competition held last week in Minnesota.

Shelburne Vineyard won a “best of show” honor for its 2010 Marquette Reserve, a red wine, aged 15 months in oak barrels. Shelburne also won three bronze honors for a Marquette, a semi-sweet red called In Spite of Irene and a dry white called Louise Swenson.

Shelburne Vineyard’s wins come on the heels of a competition earlier this month in which its Duet Ice Wine won a best in class at the 2012 Indiana International Wine Competition.

Lincoln Peak Vineyard in New Haven earned a gold for its Late Harvest La Crescent in the sweet/late harvest white wine category.

Lincoln Peak also won silver for its Marquette and a semi-sweet red called Ragtime.

Berlin winery Fresh Tracks Farm earned silvers for two of its wines, a single varietal La Crescent and a maple wine.

This year’s competition included more than 325 wines from commercial wineries in 12 states and Canada. Awards were based on blind tastings by 21 judges who included wine writers, restaurateurs, retailers and wine educators.

The International Cold Climate Wine Competition is a partnership between the Minnesota Grape Growers Association and the University of Minnesota, which developed several of the cold-hardy grapes used to make the wines in the competition.

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