Shelburne Vineyard earns high honors

SHELBURNE - Results of the annual Wine Competition at the Eastern States Exposition, also known as The Big E, were announced this week. Vermont Wines took a number of the top honors in this annual competition that judges wines crafted in the six New England states as well as New York state.

Shelburne Vineyard of Shelburne received one of the top awards, being named Premier Exhibitor and taking honors for every wine they submitted.

Among those awards was both a Double Gold Medal and the title Best State Wine for their 2009 Chardonnay.

Putney Mountain Winery received Best Fruit Wine of Show and Best Wine Grown and Made in State for their 2009 Cassis.

In addition to Shelburne Vineyard and Putney Mountain, other wineries taking medals at The Big E this year included Honora Winery and Vineyards, Fresh Tracks Farm, Boyden Valley Winery and Neshobe River Winery.

Shelburne Vineyard's honors also brought them Gold Medals for their flaghip wine, Cayuga White, and for Marquette, a red wine crafted from the new cold-hardy grapes grown at the Route 7 Vineyard and Tasting Room. Cote de Champlain, Pinot Gris and Lakeview White wines each netted a Silver Medal, while their Whimsey Meadow Ros brought home Bronze.

Owner, Ken Albert, recently planted an additional six acres of grapes in Charlotte and an additional half-acre on a field adjacent to the winery site.

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