Shelburne Vineyard continues winning ways in wine competition

July-5-B-Shelburne-Vineyard-Wine-Wins-SCShelburne Vineyard recently received their results from the three competitions they entered this year, and they couldn’t be happier.
In the 2014 Atlantic Seaboard event, Shelburne Vineyard’s wines were tasted alongside 572 other wines from roughly 112 wineries in states along the Atlantic Coast. The vineyard was one of the few wineries that received more than one “Best of Category” designation, taking that title for their 2013 LaCrescent white wine and their 2013 Harvest Widow’s Revenge, a red wine blend. Both wines, along with their 2013 Louise Swenson, also received Gold Medals in the event. Silver Medals were awarded to their 2013 Whimsey Meadow Rosé and 2012 Marquette Reserve.
In the 2014 Finger Lakes International Competition, where wines were tasted from 20 countries and all 50 US states (almost 900 wineries), the Vineyard’s 2012 Semi-dry Vermont Riesling earned a “Double Gold” medal, as did their Vermont grown 2012 Marquette Reserve. These awards were especially affirming to Albert, “considering our Riesling was being compared against other Rieslings from the world’s most prestigious regions for that grape,” he said.
The Marquette award further confirmed Albert’s contention that the cold-hardy Marquette grape, now a signature varietal for VT wineries, will make its mark against other better known traditional red wine varietals.
The third contest that has already reported results is the 2014 Big E, where wineries from 6 New England states and New York were compared.
Shelburne Vineyard’s 2013 LaCrescent, 2012 Vermont Riesling and the 2013 Whimsey Meadow Rosé all earned Silver Medals in this event. “All told, it’s been a great year so far,” said Albert.   Given our commitment to make the best wines we can from grapes that thrive here in our cold climate, it’s always affirming to have an expert panel, less familiar with our varieties, recognize what we do by naming us for these awards.”
Shelburne Vineyard was founded in 1998 by Ken Albert and currently sustainably grows about 17 acres of grapes in Shelburne and nearby Charlotte. The winery’s tasting room, located on Rt. 7 in Shelburne, is open all year to visitors for wine tasting and tours and also hosts public and private events. For more information on the Shelburne Vine yard’s history, wines, and schedules of events visit www.shelburnevineyard.com or Shelburne Vineyard on Facebook.