Vermont vineyards win awards

NEW HAVEN-A New Haven-based vineyard and winery won a prestigious "cold climate" ward recently. Lincoln Peak Vineyard's 2008 Marquette wine won the "Best in Show" red wine trophy at the 2009 International Cold Climate Wine Competition "ICCWC", held Aug. 25 at the University of Minnesota's Conference Center in Saint Paul, Minn.

Other awards won by Vermont wineries include: Lincoln Peak Vineyard, two double gold medals, one gold medal, and two silver medals; Shelburne Vineyards in Shelburne, Vt.: one gold and two bronze medals; Fresh Tracks Farm Vineyard and Winery in Berlin, Vt.: one gold, two silver and one bronze medal.

The inaugural year's competition included 315 Cold Climate wines from commercial wineries in 16 states including, Vermont, Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia, New Hampshire and Connecticut in the east, Nebraska, Nevada, Montana and Wyoming in the west, and the Midwestern states of Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky and host state Minnesota with 19 participating wineries.

Awards were based on blind tastings by 15 expert judges from Minnesota and several other states. Judges included prominent wine writers, restaurateurs, retailers, and wine educators. Three-judge panels determined the initial awards, with the top-scoring Best of Show wines evaluated by five- judge panels and all 15 judges for the Minnesota Governor's Cup award.

The competition is open to commercial wineries meeting the criteria for cold-hardy grape or fruit content.

The following wines were awarded double gold medals: Lincoln Peak Vineyard 2008 La Crescent; Lincoln Peak Vineyard 2008 Marquette; Mac's Creek Winery and Vineyards 2008 Edelweiss; Saint Croix Vineyards 2007 Marechal Foch.

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