Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Bridge Vineyards Scores Hole in One at US Open

BRIDGE VINEYARDS from Long Island scored a hole-in-one by having its 2007 Chardonnay and 2003 Estate Merlot featured at the prestigious U.S. Open golf tournament next month at Bethpage. The last time the Open was played on the Long Island course, Palmer Vineyards was the featured wine, as well as the source of a special U.S. Open labeled version which was a popular gift and souvenir. Greg Sandor of Bridge Vineyards has been working for a while with the United States Golf Association on this year’s event, with obviously great results. Bridge Vineyards has a tasting room in Brooklyn which offers wines from throughout New York State . The chardonnay and merlot will be featured at corporate tents during the Open. Senator Charles Schumer announced that other Long Island wines and farm products will also available in other locations—a great example of a “local” twist to an international event.

- Jim Tresize

Kevin Zraly Offers Wine Course at Millbrook Winery

This is an amazing opportunity to meet Kevin Zraly, the best wine educator in the industry today. And it is important to note that he is appearing in the Hudson Valley, where so much is really happening in food, wine, and agriculture.

Called "the Hudson Valley's flagship winery" by The New York Times and "a great place to visit" by The Wall Street Journal, Millbrook Vineyards & Winery is conveniently located in the magnificent Hudson River Valley just 1.5 hours from both New York City and Albany. It is glorious to visit any time of year.

Kevin Zraly, the founder and teacher of the immensely popular Windows on the World Wine School, and author of the Windows on the World Complete Wine Course, will bring an abridged version of his 8-part "Windows on the World Wine School" to Millbrook Winery this summer! Seating is limited so reserve now.

Saturday, June 13 from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Session 1: Understanding Pinot Noir
Kevin will discuss and taste through Pinot Noir wines from around the world. Includes wine and cheese reception.

Saturday, July 11 from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Session 2: Understanding Cabernet Franc
Kevin will discuss and taste through Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc wines from around the world. Includes wine and cheese reception.

Saturday, August 8 from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Session 3: The Art of Red Wine Blending & Dinner
Discover your inner winemaker with this unique opportunity to create your own wine blend. After mastering the use of pipettes and graduated cylinders, your final cuvee will be bottled and corked in a 375 ml bottle complete with your own custom wine label. A 3-course dinner featuring Millbrook wines will floow the blending portion of this event.

Cost is $125 per session or sign up for all three sessions for only $325.


New DVD About Maryland Wine Available

"Discovering Maryland Wines with John DiTomasso"

From boutique wineries to the two largest in the state, see how Maryland wineries harvest grapes, make and bottle wines. Learn the basics from Kevin Atticks, Executive Director of the Maryland Wineries Association, and experts from Basignani Winery, Boordy Vineyards, Deep Creek Cellars, Fridays Creek Winery, Linganore Winecellars/Berrywine Plantations, and Loew Vineyards. Order it via Amazon.com.


Patuxent Wine Trail Launches Highlighting Wineries of Calvert County

The Patuxent Wine Trail is a comprehensive guide to Calvert County wineries that showcases the sophisticated tastes of local wines and the diversity of the county’s beautiful landscape. Ranging from north to south, from rolling farmland to creek-side retreats, the Patuxent Wine Trail winds through some of the region’s most stunning scenery. At each stop, the winemakers’ art is on full display, from vine to vat to bottle.

Calvert County is known as the Pleasant Peninsula, and you will soon see why after experiencing the sublime pleasures of the Patuxent Wine Trail. Part of historic Southern Maryland, Calvert County offers stunning water vistas and beautiful rolling farmland that soothes the soul. The region’s soil and climate are also a close approximation of the famed Tuscany region of Italy, and local wine makers are creating sumptuous award-winning wines to rival those anywhere.

Fridays Creek Winery
Running Hare Vineyard
Perigeaux Vineyards & Winery
Cove Point Winery
Solomons Island Winery

Visit www.PatuxentWineTrail.com to plan your tour.

34th Int. Eastern Wine Competition Posts Results; NY Wins Big

34th Int. Eastern Wine Competition Posts Results; NY Wins Big
May 26th, 2009 by VAWINEMAN (richardleahy.com)

The 34th International Eastern Wine Competition (IEWC) took place 5/18-20 in Watkins Glen in New York’s Finger Lakes. Produced by Vineyard & Winery Management, a leading North American wine trade publication, the IEWC is one of the oldest and largest wine competitions in the country.

There were over 1750 wines entered in the IEWC, with 40 Double Gold medals, 83 Gold medals, 517 Silver medals and 604 bronze medals.

Regional wines made a strong showing, with New York dominating the top awards, winning three of five Best of Category awards for Best White Wine, Best Sparkling and Best Fruit Wine (a fruit wine made by Flickerwood in PA used NY fruit).

In the Riesling Championships, a subset of the IEWC, Finger Lakes rieslings won two of four best in class awards (dry and semi-sweet), and the 2006 Tierce riesling won a “triple crown”; best dry riesling, Riesling Champion and Best White wine.

Virginia and Maryland also placed with double gold medal wines; Potomac Point’s norton 2007 (Virginia’s native grape) and also Cooper Vineyards’ 2008 viognier were the top Virginia wines, with Sugarloaf Mountain’s red Bordeaux blend “Comus”2007 earning double gold from Maryland. Westbend Vineyards in North Carolina also won double gold for their 2006 Yadkin Valley chardonnay.

Complete results are availalble online at www.vwm-online.com (link from the competition results link for IEWC on the righht of the home page). Visit richardleahy.com/blog/blog to post comments on this story.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Washington Post Praises Virginia Sauvignon Blancs

Here's an excerpt from THE WASHINGTON POST

With this new style of sauvignon blanc emerging on the West Coast, where will the grape make its next big statement? My guess is, right here in our own back yard. A handful of Virginia wineries are making excellent sauvignon blanc. The best of them, from Linden Vineyards and Glen Manor, can stand proudly against competitors from around the world. Veritas, Barboursville and Breaux are nipping at their heels.

Virginia's wet climate makes the grape tough to grow and even tougher to fit a style. "Some years we have left more than half our crop on the vines, because it rotted before it could ripen," said Jeff White, owner and winegrower at Glen Manor, on the west-facing slopes of the Shenandoah Valley just south of Front Royal. "But we've learned to control the crop and leaf canopy to encourage ripening."

White's 2007, still available on the market, shows the fat ripeness of a long, dry, hot growing season. The newly released 2008, on the other hand, was picked during the five-day window between tropical storms Fay and Hanna. A decade ago, that one-two punch from Mother Nature might have ruined the vintage, but with vine age and experience, White was able to produce a wine that not only tastes ripe and tropical, but also features the grassy edginess that characterizes the grape.

So with sauvignon blanc, don't just think California. You might be overlooking a gem next door.
Dave McIntyre can be reached at food@washpost.com

Virginia Wins 12 Decanter Magazine Awards!!!!

Decanter World Wine Awards 2009
Barboursville Vineyards
Cabernet Franc Reserve 2006 Monticello, Virginia, United States
(Red - Still) UK price: £16.00

Barboursville Vineyards
Cabernet Franc Reserve 2007 Virginia, United States
(Red - Still) UK price: £16.00

Barboursville Vineyards
Octagon 2005 Monticello, Virginia, United States
(Red - Still) UK price: £25.00

Pearmund Petit Verdot 2007 Virginia, United States
(Red - Still) UK price: £17.00

Pearmund Viognier 2007 Virginia, United States
(White - Still) UK price: £14.99

Rappahannock Cellars
Cabernet Franc 2006 Virginia, United States
(Red - Still)

Rappahannock Cellars
Meritage 2006 Virginia, United States
(Red - Still)

Veramar Vineyard
Chardonnay Reserva 2007 Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, United States
(White - Still) UK price: £14.99

Veritas Ken-mar 2006 Monticello, Virginia, United States
(White - Sweet)

Veritas Viognier 2007 Monticello, Virginia, United States
(White - Still)

Gabriel Archer Reserve 2006 Virginia, United States
(Red - Still) UK price: £19.50

Williamsburg Vintage
Reserve Chardonnay 2007 Virginia, United States
(White - Still) UK price: £19.50

Virgnia Wines to London - Again!!!!

Capital Region wine trails lead to London
12 May 2009

New Horizon Wines Ltd, a UK and Virginia-based importer of exceptional ‘medal-winning’ Virginia wines into the UK and provider of luxury ‘wine lifestyle’ tours of Virginia, is exhibiting for the first time at this year’s London International Wine Fair (londonwinefair.com), in association with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

This specialist company, whose founder and CEO is a Brit who has been living in Virginia for the past 20 years, will be presenting more than 30 of the best wines from this, the USA’s fifth largest wine producing region.

New Horizon Wines will be joined at the exhibition on stands S24 and S22 by eleven independent wineries representing the Virginia wine regions, the largest number ever to participate in the LIWF.

The following wineries and winemakers will be present: Luca Paschina, Barboursville Vineyards; Chris Blosser, Breaux Vineyards; Jim Corcoran, Corcoran Vineyards; Chris Pearmund, Pearmund Cellars; Justin Bogaty, Veramar Vineyards; Andrew and Patricia Hodson, Veritas Vineyards; Tony and Edie Champ, White Hall Vineyards; Matthew Meyer, Williamsburg Winery; DelFosse Vineyards, Keswick Vineyards and Rappahannock Cellars.

Over the past 30 years the number of wineries in Virginia has grown from just a handful to more than 150. Some are gaining an international reputation for the excellence of their wines. Many wineries are family-owned and set in stunning locations such as the Blue Ridge Mountains, the verdant beauty of the Shenandoah Valley or on the sparkling Chesapeake Bay. This is the perfect foil for participation in a wide range of grape-harvest festivals, special tastings, musical and culinary events and experiencing wine trails across the Capital Region.

A new website called MyCapitalGardensUSA.co.uk showcases a collection of Virginia wineries and provides visitors with the opportunity to win a fabulous 11-night holiday for two to the Capital Region (closing date 31st May 2009). Trade visitors to the London International Wine Fair will have the opportunity to enter the prize draw.

New Horizon Wines, in partnership with specialist UK tour operator, America As You Like It (americaasyoulikeit.com) offers tailor-made fly-drives to Virginia and can arrange Wine Experience holidays, including wine tastings, behind-the-scenes vineyard tours, wine pairing dinners and more.

A seven-night fly-drive to Virginia, including two nights at the Loews Madison in Washington, DC, three nights at Keswick Hall near Charlottesville, with a select wine tasting at Keswick Vineyards and two nights at Wedmore Place in Williamsburg with a tour and tasting at the Williamsburg Winery, plus return flights on Virgin Atlantic from Heathrow to Washington Dulles and seven days’ compact car hire, start from £1,320 per person.

Wine experiences (other than the tastings mentioned) are additional and can be designed to suit individual preferences.

New Horizon Wines will be posting a daily blog from the floor of The London International Wine Fair - winesofvirginia.blogspot.com/. Also visit NewHorizonWines on twitter.com.

For further information about wines and travel to Washington, DC, and Virginia visit capitalregionusa.co.uk and newhorizonwines.com.

DC Wine Examiner Says Staycation at Barrel Oak Winery

The DC Wine Examiner is tohewise known as Dawn Mayhew Merritt. She is a native Virginian, communications professional and self-described wino. Her philosophy: “Think globally. Drink locally.” She loves the quality and variety of Virginia wines, but is willing to try anything.

She's great at poointing out wine and especially vineyards in the Capitol refion.

Staycation Idea #1: Barrel of fun at Barrel Oak Winery
May 21, 11:46 PM
Does your bank account balance have you staying home this Memorial Day weekend? Fill your “staycation” with great people, great scenery and great wines in Virginia.

Staycation Idea #1: Barrel Oak Winery’s one-year anniversary celebration (May 23-25, 2009)

One of the latest additions to the local wine scene, Barrel Oak Winery (BOW) is all about community. Whether it’s encouraging groups to visit and picnic for the day or raising money for charity ($30,000 in their first year!), owners Sharon and Brian Roeder are reinventing the concept of local winery as a destination.

This weekend, Barrel Oak celebrates its one-year anniversary with entertainment, the release of two new wines, the opening of a dog photography show, special tastings and tours. And the weather should be perfect Saturday and Sunday for the opening of their patio tasting bar.

If that’s not enough excitement for you, the winery is also giving away 36 memberships to their BOW Club (a $175 value), which includes 2 years of
Free tastings for you and your guests
10% off all wine purchases
15% off all case purchases
Free entry to monthly Second Saturday club events with owners Sharon and Brian, which include tastings of pre-releases and fine foods.
Barrel Oak Winery amenities include
Spacious indoor and outdoor seating: Tables and chairs downstairs. Comfy sofas upstairs. Picnic tables outside.
Plentiful powder rooms: Three lovely water closets indoors. (Clearly this is more critical for women than men!)Pet-friendly atmosphere: Dogs are welcome indoors and out, as long as they are leashed.
Kid-friendly atmosphere: They offered a juice box to my 3-year-old as soon as we walked in. And the field of horses next to the parking lot offers plenty of entertainment (after your tasting, of course!). Arrive early to avoid the crowds – and give your little ones more room to roam. (If your kids have “grabby hands,” you’ll need to keep an eye on them amidst the displays of art and jewelry.)
Romance: Plenty of spaces to get away from the aforementioned kids and dogs, either upstairs in the lounge or outdoors.
Great wine!
I’ll have details for you next week from my interview with Barrel Oak owner Brian Roeder. In the meantime, grab you dog, your kid, your friends and/or your honey and go BOW this weekend.

-- Dawn (WineExaminer@aol.com)

For directions and Memorial Day weekend event details, visit www.barreloak.com


Saturday, May 23, 2009

Westport Rivers Celebrates Chardonnay’s 20th year

By Linda Murphy
GateHouse News Service
Posted May 19, 2009 @ 06:09 PM

Westport — .Vineyard manager, alchemist and fortuneteller. Rob Russell has donned all those hats and more as Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery celebrates the 20th anniversary of its first vintage, the 1989 chardonnay.

“We’ve proved that we can produce world-class wines in New England,” said Russell, general manager of Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery.
Twenty years later the lauded chardonnay is still its most popular wine, but the vineyard’s sparkling wines may rival it for garnering the most acclaim from chefs, critics and industry experts. Russell said noted chef Madeline Kamman visited the vineyard several years ago and said the sparkling wines were better than many of the champagnes in France.

“They’re always a favorite at sparkling wine competitions,” said Russell.

Westport Rivers’ rose and white sparkling wines are produced in the traditional French champagne method, and the varieties they make take between three to 12 years. One of the greatest lessons Russell said he has learned over the years is the law of supply and demand.

“We’ve overproduced and we’ve underproduced. I need a magic ball to determine what the demand is going to be five years from now,” he said.

Westport Rivers non-sparkling wines include pinot gris, reisling, pinot blanc, pinot meunier, Rkatsiteli, a Georgian varietal that grows well in this area, and the fruity dessert wine pineau de pinot.

Russell’s parents, Bob and Carol Russell, bought the former Smith’s Long Acre Farm in 1982 with the intention of maintaining the 140-acre farm and establishing a family business on the property. Rob, the oldest son, began farming the land in 1985 and his brother Bill began making wines a few years later. Over the years Bill developed an interest in brewing beers, and he started brewing micro brews under the Buzzards Bay label in 1998. The original 140 acres has increased to more than 500 acres through subsequent land purchases.

In the past 10 years the vineyard has moved toward more environmentally friendly farming. Russell said he became more aware of the issues of sustainability after attending several conferences on organic growing practices in the late 1990s. But he said excessive humidity and rain make it virtually impossible for a vineyard east of the Mississippi River to produce organic wines.

“It’s proven to be a somewhat far-fetched for a vineyard in New England,” he said. “California has it easy; they’re growing wine in the dessert and pumping in water from the Colorado River.”
Russell said he’s implemented some of the concepts, but the two main hindrances are the pests and mildew fungi resulting from New England’s climate. The vineyard uses composted material and practices Integrated Pest Management, which minimizes the amount of chemicals used over the growing season. Hooded sprayers that direct the pesticides and fungicides directly on the plants also cut the drift of chemicals by 95 percent.

Finding that environmental balance is one of Russell’s main initiatives as he embarks on the next 20 years.

“I want to continue what we’re doing but find ways to do it better. We’re always striving to find the balance between economic viability and environmental sustainability.

The rise in eco-tourism has been a boon to the vineyard, drawing customers who attend the vineyard’s tours, wine tastings, and wine and food pairing dinners.

“All of those things help sustain this,” he said sweeping his arm over the trellised vines.

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November Will Be New Jersey Wine Month

from The Cape May Herald
May 12, 2005
TRENTON — Legislation Assemblymen Nelson Albano and Matt Milam sponsored to promote New Jersey wineries by declaring November as “New Jersey Wine Month” was signed into law on May 6.

New Jersey is the fifth largest producer of wine in the country, and the winemaking industry contributes approximately $1.3 million each year to New Jersey’s economy. Wine produced in the state continues to be recognized and win awards both nationally and internationally.

There are three wineries in Cape May County: Natali Vineyards, in Goshen; Cape May Winery, in Town Bank; and Turdo Winery, in North Cape May.

“New Jersey’s wines, wineries, and vineyards are an important part of the state’s agricultural diversity, tourism and economy,” Albano said. “Other states have identified one month every year as the state’s ‘Wine Month,’ successfully increasing awareness of state-produced wines and promoting visits to local wineries and vineyards. New Jersey should do nothing less, too.”

New Jersey is host to more than 30 wineries in nearly every county, cultivating more than 40 varieties of grapes and producing more than 100 different varieties of wine. New Jersey’s agriculture tourism is enhanced by the estimated 235,000 visitors who annually attend events and festivals hosted by the state’s wineries Albano and Milam said the law will help recognize the importance of wineries to the state.

“New Jersey will be better able to promote wine tourism and improve sales and awareness of New Jersey wines, wineries and vineyards,” Milam said.

Taken from:
Albano, Milam Bill Creates State Wine Month
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Tags: assembly, Trenton, wineries
By Cape May Herald Staff


Monday, May 18, 2009
PENNSYLVANIA WINERIES BECOME MINI-VACATION DESTINATIONS AS TRAVELERS SEEK CLOSER-TO-HOME FUN One million visitors predicted at wineries throughout the state in 2009

One million visitors predicted at wineries throughout the state in 2009

HARRISBURG, Pa. (May 1, 2009) – With vacation budgets shrinking, it might not be the right time for that seven-day cruise or trip to Australia, but Pennsylvania’s wineries and other local attractions are raising a glass to a different type of get-away: The regional mini-vacation.

In what is predicted to be a busy 2009 for the state winery industry, the Commonwealth’s vintners expect an increase in tourism traffic, as residents and out-of-state visitors search for closer, more affordable destinations with all the excitement and stress-relieving benefits of traditional vacations.

To create more enticing holiday hideaways, some wine makers are going beyond the usual wine tastings and tours by expanding their event calendars and rolling out the red carpet for would-be guests. Upcoming attractions throughout the state include a series of winemaker’s dinners at Arrowhead Wine Cellars outside Erie, a Wine Tasting for Singles event at Crossing Vineyards in the Philadelphia countryside, and a summer concert series at Lancaster County’s Nissley Vineyards.

“Visitors want more than just a taste of wine, they want an experience,” said Bob Mazza, former president of the Pennsylvania Winery Association (PWA) and owner of Mazza Vineyards outside Erie, Pa. “It’s up to us to create that experience and to give people a reason to visit, whether they live next door or in the next state.”

In 2005, the last year that totals were reported, 877,000 visits were made to Pennsylvania wineries with $167 million in tourism expenditures. Sam Landis, president of the PWA, which counts nearly 100 wineries as members, says state winery traffic could top one million visitors in 2009.

“Many people spend the day visiting multiple wineries or incorporating a winery visit into other local stops,” said Landis. “But we’re also seeing a lot of out-of-state mini-vacationers. These are people who are spending one or two nights in a region and really exploring what the area has to offer. Often, a winery or wine trail is the centerpiece of that vacation.”

Pennsylvania is the nation’s eighth largest wine producer, with approximately 919,950 gallons produced in 2007. For more information about Pennsylvania wineries, visit pennsylvaniawine.com.

2009 Pennsylvania Wine Competition

Sorry, I'm a little late on this. My apologies!

Congrats to Benigna, Greendance, Flickerwood, and all the rest.

Competition Held: February 8, 2009
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Cromwell, Connecticut
Competition conducted by Amenti Del Vino
362 entries: 190 winners=52%
68 Bronze, 67 Silver, 48 Gold, 7- Double Gold, 3- Special Awards

“2008 Benigna’s Creek Sunshine-Vidal”
“2007 Greendance Barbera”
“2006 Flickerwood Wine Cellars Flickerberry Dew”

Antler Ridge Winery Diamond 2007
Benigna’s Creek Sunshine – Vidal 2008
Calvaresi Winery Peach Mist 2007
Flickerwood Wine Cellars Flickerberry Dew 2006
Flickerwood Wine Cellars Rosebud 2006
Franklin Hill Vrds Desire 2007
Greendance Barbera 2007

Arrowhead Wine Cellars Dazzling Niagara N/V
Arrowhead Wine Cellars Vignoles N/V
Briar Valley Vrds & Winery Chardonnay 2007
Calvaresi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Chaddsford Winery Due Rossi 2005
Chaddsford Winery Merican 2005
Chaddsford Winery Proprietor’s Reserve Red 2007
Chaddsford Winery Rubino 2006
Chaddsford Winery Syrah 2006
Clover Hill Vineyards Niagara N/V
Clover Hill Vineyards Riesling N/V
Clover Hill Vineyards Vignoles N/V
Crossings Vrd & Winery Merlot 2006
Eagle Rock Winery Millionaire’s Heritage 2007
Eagle Rock Winery Rudolpho Red 2007
Flickerwood Wine Cellars Chardonnay 2007
Flickerwood Wine Cellars Gewurztraminer 2007
Galen Glen Vrd & Winery Cellar White 2008
Galen Glen Vrd & Winery Stone Cellar Cabernet Franc 2007
Galen Glen Vrd & Winery Stone Cellar Gruner Veltliner 2007
Greenhouse Winery Traminette 2007
Grovedale Vrd & Winery Seyval/Chardonnay 2007
Manatawny Creek Winery Merlot 2006
Mazza Vineyards Cream Sherry N/V
Mazza Vineyards South Shore Rose N/V
Naylor Wine Cellars Topaz N/V
Nimble Hill Vrds & Winery Cabernet Franc 2007
Nissley Vineyards Niagara 2007
Paradocx Vineyard Leverege 2005
Penn Shore Vineyards Niagara N/V
Penns Woods Winery Ameritage Reserve 2005
Pickering Winery Fran Cat 2007
Pickering Winery Niagara 2006
Pickering Winery Riesling 2006
Pickering Winery Traminette 2007
Pinnacle Ridge Winery Brut Rose N/V
Pinnacle Ridge Winery Merlot 2007
Pinnacle Ridge Winery Riesling 2008
Pinnacle Ridge Winery Veritas 2005
Shade Mountain Winery Syrah 2007
Shade Mountain Winery Young’s Hill Riesling 2007
Sorrenti Cherry Valley Vineyards Pinot Grigio 2008
Starr Hill Vrd & Winery Seyval Blanc 2006
The Winery at Wilcox Bearly Blush 2008
The Winery at Wilcox Elk Country White 2008
The Winery at Wilcox Peach Mist 2008
Vynecrest Vrds & Winery Lemberger 2007
Winfield Winery Vignoles 2007

Adam’s County Winery Black Magic N/V
Antler Ridge Winery Antler Ridge Blush 2007
Antler Ridge Winery Blueberry Wine 2008
Antler Ridge Winery Fireside White 2007
Arrowhead Wine Cellars Pink Catawba N/V
Arrowhead Wine Cellars Vidal Ice Wine2007
Benigna’s Creek Benigna’s Tears 2008
Benigna’s Creek Peach Wine 2008
Benigna’s Creek Red Raspberry 2008
Bernigna’s Creek Chambourcin Reserve 2006
Blue Mountain Vrds Meritage 2005
Briar Valley Vrds & Winery Cabernet Franc 2007
Briar Valley Vrds & Winery Merlot 2007
Briar Valley Vrds & Winery Proprietor’s Red 2007
Brookmere Winery & Vrd Frog Hollow 2007
Calvaresi Winery Riesling 2008
Chaddsford Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Chaddsford Winery Merlot 2006
Chaddsford Winery Naked Chardonnay 2007
Christian Klay Winery Catawba 2007
Christian Klay Winery Summit Mist 2007
Clover Hill Vineyards Spiced Apple N/V
Clover Hill Vrds Catawba N/V
Clover Hill Vrds Merlot 2006
Conneaut Cellars Winery Merlot 2007
Conneaut Cellars Winery Pymaturing Rose N/V
Conneaut Cellars Winery Sansbury Red N/V
Conneaut Cellars Winery Wolf Island N/V
Crossings Vrd & Winery Vintner’s Select White N/V
Flickerwood Wine Cellars Blueberry Moon 2007
Flickerwood Wine Cellars Spiced Peach 2007
Flickerwood Wine Cellars Strawberry Fields 2007
Franklin Hill Vineyards Chardonnay 2006
Galen Glen Winery Stone Cellar Pinot Noir 2007
Galen Glen Vrd & Winery Paragon 2007
Galen Glen Winery Vin Gris of Chambourcin 2008
Greendance Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Greendance Concord 2007
Greendance Niagara 2007
Greendance Peach Wine N/V
Greenhouse Winery Diamond 2008
Grovedale Vrd & Winery Cabernet Franc 2007
Heritage Wine Cellars Fredonia 2008
Heritage Wine Cellars Isabella 2008
Heritage Wine Cellars Peach Port 2008
Mazza Vineyards Crystals of Chambourcin 2007
Nissley Vineyards Fantasy ‘07 2007
Nissley Vineyards Grapeful White 2007
Nissley Vineyards Valley Red 2007
Nissley Vineyards Vignoles 2007
Paradocx Vineyard Haywagon Chardonnay 2007
Penn Shore Vineyards Concord N/V
Penn Shore Vineyards Kir N/V
Penns Woods Winery Merlot Reserve 2005
Penns Woods Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2006
Pickering Winery West Hill Red 2007
Pinnacle Ridge Winery Pinot Noir 2007
Presque Isle Wine Cellars Blushing Heron N/V
Presque Isle Wine Cellars Creekside Niagara N/V
Presque Isle Wine Cellars Eskimo Kisses 2007
Shade Mountain Winery Cabernet Franc 2005
Vynecrest Vrds & Winery Cabernet Franc 2007
Vynecrest Vrds & Winery Traminette 2007
Windgate Vineyards Red Raspberry 2006
Windgate Vineyards Shomokin Red N/V
Winfield Winery Fredonia 2007

For a complete list of all winners go to:

Bert Basignani of Basignani Winery

For twenty one years, Bert and Lynne Basignani and their children have been growing and making variety of exceptional wines on their vineyard located off Falls Road in Sparks, Maryland. The pure love of drinking wine was what brought Bert’s curiosity to make his own wine to drink as an amateur. After a successful career in the construction business, Bert decided to begin a winery.

The grapes were planted nine years prior to the winery opening in 1986. The Basignanis were encouraged by other Maryland wineries and friends to continue their growing and winemaking. “We became caught in the whole aspect of making it and starting up the winery, but people were interested,” Lynne says of she and her husband turning their interests into a lifestyle and career.

Each year, Bert produces 4,000 cases of wine. On the 18 acre vineyard, Bert grows a variety of different grapes that produce eleven different varieties of wine. Bert manages two vineyards off-site, allowing for many more winemaking options. Along with Bert’s favorite, Cabernet Sauvignon, he also makes Merlot, as well as three sweeter wines, Riesling, Vidal and Blush. The Basignanis have created four wines named after their children, one white, Elena and three reds, Marisa, Lorenzino and Erik's Big Zin.

Silver and Gold in Maryland

2008-2009 Competition Results

Basignani Winery
Silver, 2008 Los Angeles County Fair • 2005 Lorenzino Reserve

Black Ankle Vineyards
Best in Show, 2008 Maryland Winemasters’ Choice Award • 2007 Bedlam
Best in Show, 2008 Maryland Governor’s Cup Competition • 2006 Crumbling Rock
Gold, 2008 Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition • 2006 Crumbling Rock

Bordeleau Vineyards
Gold, 2008 Maryland Governor’s Cup • 2006 Merlot
Silver, 2009 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition • 2008 Pinot Grigio

Elk Run Vineyards
Best of Class, 2008 Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition • 2007 Gewurztraminer
Gold, 2008 Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition • 2006 Cabernet Franc
Gold, 2008 Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition • 2007 Gewurztraminer
Silver, 2008 Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition • 2006 Pinot Noir
Silver, 2009 Dallas Morning News Wine Competition • 2007 Cabernet Franc
Silver, 2008 World Wine Competition • 2006 Cold Friday Chardonnay
Silver, 2008 World Wine Competition • 2006 Liberty Tavern Chardonnay
Silver, 2008 World Wine Competition • 2002 Lord Baltimore Port
Silver, 2008 World Wine Championship • 2005 Maryland Merlot
Silver, 2008 World Wine Championship • 2005 Vin de Jus Glace

Fiore Winery
Double Gold, 2008 Taster’s Guild International • Malvasia Gelata
Silver, 2008 International Eastern Wine Competition • Maryland Merlot
Silver, 2008 Indy International Wine Competition • Maryland Merlot
Silver, 2008 Taster’s Guild International • Peach Floret
Silver, 2008 Taster’s Guild International • Proprietor’s Reserve Chambourcin
Silver, 2008 Taster’s Guild International • Maryland Merlot
Silver, 2008 Taster’s Guild International • Vidal Blanc
Silver, 2008 Taster’s Guild International • Scarlette

Running Hare Vineyard
Gold, Chairman’s Award, Riverside International Wine Competition • 2007 Chambourcin
Gold, Riverside International Wine Competition • Chardonnay
Gold, 2009 Dallas Morning News Wine Competition • 2008 Pinot Grigio
Silver, 2008 Maryland Governor’s Cup • 2008 Pinot Grigio

Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyards
Best of Class / Best White, 2008 Maryland Governor’s Cup • 2007 Pinot Grigio
Best of Class, 2008 Maryland Winemasters’ Choice Awards • 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
Gold, 2008 Maryland Governor’s Cup • 2007 Pinot Grigio
Gold, 2008 Maryland Governor’s Cup • 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
Gold, 2008 Maryland Governor’s Cup • 2006 Chardonnay Reserve
Gold, 2008 Maryland Governor’s Cup • 2006 Merlot
Gold, 2008 Maryland Winemasters’ Choice Awards • 2006 Cabernet Franc
Gold, 2008 Maryland Winemasters’ Choice Awards • 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
Gold, 2008 Maryland Winemasters’ Choice Awards • 2006 Chardonnay
Gold, 2008 Maryland Winemasters’ Choice Awards • 2006 Comus

Maryland WInes Festivals...This Weekend and for the Rest of the Year

2009 Wine Festivals
One of the best kept secrets of these major wine festivals is how much time and energy they save you. Just think of having to drive from Deep Creek Lake in far-western Maryland to the Eastern Shore and Southern Maryland to visit every winery. The festivals bring Maryland’s finest wines to your backyard, saving you a couple tanks of rather expensive gas. And since many of the wineries offer special festival pricing, you can use that saved cash to take home a few bottles of your new favorite wines.

MAY – Chesapeake Bay Wine Festival
Chesapeake Bay Wine Festival
May 30-31, 2009
Stevensville, Queen Anne's County

Can you think of anything more fun and enjoyable than spending a beautiful sunny day on the sandy shores of the Chesapeake Bay sipping wine? We can't either, so plan to join us at the 2nd Annual Chesapeake Bay Wine Festival held at Terrapin Nature Park in Stevensville.

JUNE – Great Grapes! Wine, Arts and Food Festival
Great Grapes! Wine, Arts and Food Festival
June 13-14, 2009
12 - 6 pm
Oregon Ridge Park
Cockeysville, Maryland

Celebrate Maryland wine with tastings from the wineries, culinary favorites from local restaurants and caterers, handmade crafts, and live jazz, blues and oldies music on two stages. Admission includes souvenir wine glass and ten tastings.

Tickets are available online at www.uncorkthefun.com or by calling 800-830-3976.

SEPTEMBER – The Maryland Wine Festival®
The 26th Anniversary Maryland Wine Festival®
September 19-20, 2009
Sat 10-6 pm, Sun 12-6 pm
Carroll County Farm Museum
Westminster, Carroll County

See all the details of the State's oldest and largest wine festival at marylandwinefestival.org.

OCTOBER – Riverside Winefest at Sotterley
Riverside Winefest at Sotterley
October 3-4, 2009
12-6 pm
Historic Sotterley
Hollywood, St. Mary's County

This festival is set on the historic grounds of Historic Sotterley. More information is available at www.sotterley.org or 301-373-2280 or 800-681-0850.

OCTOBER – Eastern's Bayside Blues & Wine Fest
Eastern's Bayside Blues & Wine Fest
October 10, 2009
12-6 pm
Eastern Yacht Club
2330 Seneca Rd
Essex, MD 21221

Blues Music by Blue Streak Rhythm & Blues, Skyla Burrell Band, Ursula Ricks Project, Twine Time and Automatic Slim. For More Information call Ellen Richards 703-481-6525 or elensrich@aol.com, or Sharon Miller 410-391-2251. Tickets are $20 in advance/$25 at door.

OCTOBER – Autumn Wine Festival
Autumn Wine Festival
October 17-18, 2009
Pemberton Historical Park
Salisbury, Maryland

The event will feature wines from Maryland wineries, as well as local cuisine, juried arts & fine crafts and live entertainment. More information is available at www.autumnwinefestival.org/ or by calling the Visitor's Bureau at (410) 548-4914 or (800) 332-TOUR.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Cereghino Smith Winery - A Great Find!

Cereghino Smith is a small, artisanal winery producing hand crafted wines. Paula Cereghino's and Fred Smith's grapes are sourced from small growers in California and New York.

They do small, handmade lots. Small runs. And they are very nice quality.

They were recently featured in Chronogram magazine.

I have been trying to catch up with these folks for quite a while. Dominique, my wife, had met them at a tasting at Partition Street Liquor Store last year, but I did not. The do not have a tasting room, so you have to find them at a tasting, a retail shop, or a wine festival, or some other special event. I finally found them at the Rip Van Winkle Wne & Cheese in Catskill on May 9th. They are very nice poeple, and they are tryign so hard to make truly hand crafted wines here in the Hudson Valley.

They use a combination of California and New York state grapes. But everything is made at their place in small batches. Happily, I tried several wines.
Rock n' Roll Red
An amped up blend of 60% Mourvedre, 25% Petite Sirah with 15% Sangiovese adding bright acidity and balance... notes of tea, spice and electric prunes.
Barrel aged in Canadian White Oak for 12 months
Filtered only by time and gravity.
I loved this wine. A fabulous, dry, deep, robust wine. Very, very good. Prune and tea come through. Very nice finish. Excellent!

The label features their friends Tish and Snooky...sisters, singers and creators of Manic Panic.

Sangiovese 2007
With good clarity, a dark rhubarb color and a sweet bing cherry nose, this Brunello Clone is bone dry, medium bodied, exhibits notes of cherry and mouth watering acidity. Aged in Canadian White
Oak for 11 months. Fined not filtered.
Limited production of 180 numbered bottles.

Vry Brunello like. Nice bright color. Deep cherry flavor. Nice dry finish. Also an excellent wine!!!

Great stuff! Call them go to their website. Nicer people you won't meet. A great wine!

Quadricentennial Labels Commemorate the 2009 Vintage

HUDSON VALLEY, NY, MAY 1, 2009 — A Quadricentennial Commemorative Wine Label will brand special 2009 releases of Hudson Valley wine to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the discovery of the Hudson River. Participating Hudson Valley wineries will release one red and one white wine made from 100% Hudson Valley-grown grapes or fruit to commemorate the year-long celebration.

These special gold labels are emblazoned with the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial-themed logo, “ExploreNY400” and will help to place a spotlight on the contributions the region has made in the world of viticulture since its earliest origins. Tourists can visit the wineries or attend one of the many wine events around the region this year and take home a souvenir of the Quadricentennial in the form of a bottle of locally-made wine. More information about the labels and the winemaking history of Hudson River Valley can be found in the Spring 2009 issue of Hudson Valley Wine magazine or online at www.hvwinemag.com.

Nearly 50,000 bottles of these special 2009 commemorative Quadricentennial wines will be available for purchase at participating wineries throughout the Hudson Valley. The wineries include (in alphabetical order):
- Adair Vineyards, New Paltz
- Applewood Winery, Warwick
- Benmarl Winery, Marlboro
- Brookview Station Winery, Castleton-on-Hudson
- Brotherhood Winery, Washingtonville
- Hudson-Chatham Winery, Ghent
- Millbrook Vineyards & Winery, Millbrook
- Palaia Vineyards, Highland Mills
- Pazdar Winery, Scotchtown
- Silver Stream Winery, Monroe
- Stoutridge Vineyard, Marlboro
- Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery, Warwick
- Whitecliff Vineyard, Gardiner

The Hudson River Region is one of nine designated AVAs (American Viticultural Areas) in New York State, and is the oldest winemaking region in the country with its grape growing origins dating back to the discovery of the river by Henry Hudson in 1609. Hudson remarked on the abundance of native grapes and fruits growing alongside the banks of the River during his maiden voyage and shortly thereafter, early settlers were encouraged to grow grapes to make wine. The earliest vineyards in the country are attributed to the French Huguenots who settled in present-day New Paltz, Ulster County. There are now over 30 wineries located in the region on both sides of the Hudson River, with the oldest winery, Brotherhood Winery, remaining the oldest winery in continuous operation in the United States.

About the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial:
This year, 2009, marks the 400th anniversaries of the voyage of English Captain Henry Hudson, who led the first European expedition to sail up the river that now bears his name, and the voyage of Frenchman Samuel de Champlain, the first to discover the namesake lake. To celebrate these simultaneous 400th anniversaries – as well as the 200th anniversary of Robert Fulton’s maiden steamboat journey up the Hudson River – New York State is planning a yearlong series of events, programs and projects that highlight the discovery of New York, celebrating the State’s Dutch, French and English roots and heritage. For more information go to www.exploreny400.com.

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For press inquiries, please contact:
Linda Pierro, Publisher
Hudson Valley Wine Magazine

For more information about the NYS 400th events and projects:
Tara Sullivan, Executive Director
Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial
1-888-HFC-2009 ext. 369