Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Lehigh Valley wineries sweep Governors Cups

The Governors Cup (right) had a prominent place on the Pinnacle Ridge tasting bar Sunday, with bottles of the winning 2007 Chambourcin on either side of it. Accepting their Cups on Saturday were Mary Sorenti of Cherry Valley Vineyards and Brad Knapp of Pinnacle Ridge. These two photos are courtesy of Emily Caldwell of Penn State, courtesy of the Pennsylvania Winery Association.

Results are out from the 2009 Farm Show competition for Pennsylvania wines, and two Lehigh Valley Wine Trail wineries won Governors Cups. Pinnacle Ridge Winery in Kutztown took one in the grape wine category for its 2007 Chambourcin, and Cherry Valley Vineyards in Saylorsburg won in the fruit wine category with its sparkling Blueberry Spumante.

The awards marked the eighth time int he last nine years that members of the wine trail have won at least one Governors Cup. Pinnacle Ridge won with its Chambourcin in 2003, one year after Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery won for its Chambourcin. A total of 237 varieties were entered from 35 wineries across the state.

Here's the list of top winners:
Pinnacle Ridge Winery, 2007 Chambourcin: Best of Show, and Best Hybrid

Heritage Wine Cellars, 2007 Elderberry: Tie- Best of Show Fruit
Cherry Valley Vineyard, Blueberry Spumante: Tie- Best of Show Fruit
Shade Mountain Winery, 2006 Lemberger: Best Vinifera
Antler Ridge Winery, 2007 Red Vixen: Best American, and Best Dessert
Pinnacle Ridge Winery, Curvee Chardonnay: Best Sparkling

Gold medal winners include:
Vynecrest Winery, 2007 First Blush

Benignas Creek Vineyard & Winery, 2007 Traminette
Pickering Winery, 2007 Vignoles
Benignas Creek Vineyard & Winery, 2007 Benignas Tears
West Hanover Winery, Sour Cherry
Antler Ridge Winery, 2007 Diamond
Clover Hill Vineyards, Vignoles
Winfield Winery, 2007 Concord
Clover Hill Vineyards, Concord
Nissley Vineyards & Winery Estate, 2007 Seyval Blanc
Clover Hill Vineyards, 2006 Merlot
Greendance the Winery at Sand Hill, 2007 Black Currant
Greendance the Winery at Sand Hill, 2007 Red Raspberry
Heritage Wine Cellars, 2007 Peach Fuzz
Pinnacle Ridge Winery, 2005 Veritas
Nissley Vineyards & Winery Estate, 2007 Vignoles

You can find the other recognized wines and wineries at this link.

1 comment:

Lehigh Valley Girl said...

Haven't tried Mary Sorrenti's blueberry spumante yet but think it sounds like a lovely summertime drink.

In the fruit wines category, I'm a big fan of Vynecrest's Cherry DiVyne wine. Drink it while munching on dark chocolate Wilbur Buds and you've got the perfect dessert!