Congratulations and Thank You to all the wineries that participated in this years competition. The entire palate of Pennsylvania wines that paint the portrait of this state’s evolving wine heritage were on display.
Double Gold: Best of Show Grape: Penns Woods Winery 2009 Cabernet Reserve . Double Gold: Best of Show Sweet/Dessert: Happy Valley Vineyard & Winery 2011 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine Gold: Best of Show Fruit: Starr Hill Vineyard & Winery 2013 Guilty Pleasure
Other local wineries that received medals in recognition for producing high quality wine were:
Fero Vineyards & Winery Double Gold: 2013 Grüner Veltliner Gold: 2013 Pinot Gris Silver: 2013 Pinot Noir and 2012 Riesling Bronze: 2012 Semi-Dry Riesling, NV Spiced Apple, NV Chocolate
Glades Pike Winery Gold: 2012 Petit Verdot Silver: 2013 Spiced Apple Bronze: 2014 Black & Blue, 2013 Noiret
Narcisi Winery Silver: 2013 Riesling Bronze: 2013 Rosabella, 2013 Noiret
The Vineyard at Hershey Bronze: 2013 Blackberry Portrait, 2013 Sweet Riesling, 2013 Pink Catawba, 2012 Merlot, 2013 Oaked Chardonnay
Christian W. Klay Winery Silver: 2013 Lavander Mist
For the complete list of medal winners at the largest indoor farm show in the U.S. just click the link. www.pennsylvaniawine.com/node/2372
Fero Vineyards &Winery Saperavi 2013
I had the pleasure of drinking my first Pennsylvania grown and made Saperavi recently. It strengthened my belief that the Saperavi grape has the potential to be developed into the signature red grape grown in the cool climate of the Eastern United States. Fero Vineyards & Winery 2013 Saperavi starts by revealing its beautiful dark purple color, a trademark of this wine. After admiring the deep color, aromas of red fruit with a hint of oak fills your nose. Saperavi grapes are known for producing a full-bodied wine with good structure, Fero Saperavi 2013 fulfills those expectations on both counts with style and accuracy. This East Coast Red has good acidity which complements a subtle note of oak that is carried well into a long finish. I recommend buying three bottles of this vintage, drink one now and cellar the other two. Open those bottles after aging them two years and five years, compare your tasting notes, I am sure you will be impressed by how well this wine will develop over time.
Thanks to Chuck Zaleski the owner and winemaker of Fero Winery for pursuing a progressive strategy that is not only designed to grow his business but the quality of wine produced in Pennsylvania. Fero Vineyards & Winery 965 Jpm Rd Lewisburg, Pa. www.ferovineyards.com 570-568-0846 Fero Saperavi 2013 will be judged at the Pa Farm Show this weekend 1/9/15 Update: Fero Saperavi 2013 has won a Gold medal at the 2015 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition (FLIWC).