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New York’s Chateau Lafayette Reneau Riesling Honored On Capitol Hill by ASWA

ASWA 01 1009 The Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association held its annual awards ceremony in the House Agriculture Committee's room on Capitol Hill Wednesday night. On hand were Best of Category wineries, members of the Congressional Wine Caucus, Hill staffers, media and the ASWA Board including Carl Brandhorst, ASWA president, and Gordon Murchie, president emeritus. The Best of Show winner of the Jefferson Loving Cup is the 2008 Semi-Dry Riesling from Chateau Lafayette Reneau in Hector, New York. On hand to receive the award from Rep. Eric Massa (D-29th, NY) were Chris Reno (son of the winery owner) and Tim Miller, winemaker. (foto: Miller, Reno, Massa). It was appropriate that the ceremony was held in the middle of the annual Regional Wine Week … check out DrinkLocalWine for ASWC 03 0709more information.

515 wine entries from 109 wineries in 11 states were entered in this year's ASWC competition. Twenty judges, representing all facets of the wine industry including Sauce on the Side's Michael Birchenall and Dave McIntyre's WineLine, selected the Best of Show, Best of Category, Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners. There were 21 Best of Category, 29 Gold Medal, 101 Silver Medal, and 166 Bronze Medal winners. 

The
Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association is a non-profit
organization with its mission of promoting the wine industry along the East Coast
of the United States and sponsors many events, both regionally and nationally, including the Virginia Wine Festival. 

BEST OF SHOW

2008 Semi-Dry Riesling by Chateau Lafayette Reneau, NY

BEST OF CATEGORY

Blush/Rose Hybrid/NA

2007 Stony Brook Blush by Hopewell Valley Vineyards, NJ

Bordeaux-Style Red Blends

2007 Meritage by Wagner Vineyards, NY

Cabernet Franc

2007 Reserve Cabernet Franc by Sunset Hills Vineyards, VA

Cabernet Sauvignon

2007 Cabernet Sauvignon by Sunset Hills Vineyards, VA

Chambourcin

2007 Chambourcin by Fabbioli Cellars, VA

Chardonnay

2007 Chardonnay by Rappahannock Cellars, VA

Gewurztraminer

2008 Gewurztraminer by Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, NY

Merlot

2007 Merlot by Barrel Oak Winery, VA

Norton

2005 Reserve Norton Locksley by Chrysalis Vineyards, VA

Other Red Vinifera Blends

2006 Instinct by Wolf Mountain Vineyards, GA

Other Red Vinifera Varietals

2007 Petit Verdot by Pearmund Cellars, VA

Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio

2008 Pinot Grigio by Ingleside Plantation Vineyards, VA

Pinot Noir

2007 Pinot Noir by Dr. Konstantin Frank, NY

Riesling

2008 Semi-Dry Riesling by Chateau Lafayette Reneau, NY

Sauvignon Blanc

2007 Sauvignon Blanc by Vineyard 48, NY

Seyval Blanc

2008 Seyval Blanc by Lake Anna Winery, VA

Sparkling Vinifera Wines

2006 Chateau Reserve Blanc de Blancs by Biltmore Estate Wine
Company, NC

Sweet White Hybrid/NA 
(RS 4.1 or above)

2008 Vidal Blanc by Starr Hill Vineyard & Winery, PA

Syrah/Shiraz

2007 Leaf-Stone Syrah by Black Ankle Vineyards, MD

Traminette

2008 Traminette by Amrhein Wine Cellars, VA

Viognier

2008 Viognier by Biltmore Estate Wine Company, NC

About the Author

Michael Birchenall is Editor and Publisher of Foodservice Monthly, a regional trade publication covering the foodservice industry of the Mid-Atlantic (DE, DC, MD, VA). Foodservice Monthly has been recognized as the Restaurant Association of Maryland's Allied Industry Member of the Year and by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington as the Joan Hisaoka Associate Member of the Year.

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