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Shelburne Vineyard receives Yankee kudos

Shelburne Vineyard, which consistently achieves awards for its Vermont made wines, has achieved a new honor: recognition in Yankee Magazine's Travel Guide to New England as an Editors' Choice, a designation indicating Yankee editors' and writers' favorite attractions across New England.

"Yankee's editors and our trusted legion of travel writers select our Editors' Choice winners," said Yankee editor Mel Allen. "From their own experiences and tips from our readers, they research and find the most deserving, noteworthy and memorable destinations in New England."

Shelburne Vineyard was founded in 1998 by Ken Albert to make fine, hand-crafted Vermont wines. Of its 10 acres of grapes, seven are organically managed.

The grape varieties range from the traditional vinifera, Riesling, to northeastern varieties such as Cayuga White and Vidal Blanc to newer, cold-hardy varieties including Marquette, La Crescent and St. Croix that produce fruity, well-balanced wines. In 2008 ShelburneVineyard moved to its new, state-of-the-art shingle-style tasting room and winery on Route 7 Shelburne, just south of the historic village of Shelburne and the noted Shelburne Museum.

Shelburne Vineyard makes a variety of award-winning dry and semi-dry dinner and dessert wines, including the sought after Ice Wine, made from grapes that are left to freeze on the vine to achieve an intensely flavored sweet wine that complements many of Vermont's fine artisan cheeses. The winery also serves as a venue for community events, weddings and private celebrations.

For 33 years, Yankee Magazine's Travel Guide to New England has been the most widely distributed and best-selling guide to the six-state region, providing readers with a comprehensive vacation-planning tool and daily reference. Yankee Magazine's 2009 Travel Guide offers 270 reasons to see New England, including 254 "Best of New England: Editors' Choice" selections for food, wine, lodging, attractions and events.

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