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ASWC Has Maryland Beaming: Elk Run Shows Its Wine Power With Four Golds for Its Red Wines

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Judges and Staff for 2012 ASWC

The Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association (ASWA) held its 8th Annual Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition (ASWC) competition at Regency at Dominion Valley in Haymarket, Va. The two-day wine judging of East Coast wines (495 wines were submitted for the blind tasting and scoring).

Carl Brandhorst, ASWA president, Gordon Murchie, president emeritus and board member Dave Barber organized the competition. The Best of Show winner of the Jefferson Loving Cup is a delicious, well constructed 2006 Sparkling Blancs de Noir from Chateau Frank in Hammondsport, NY.

The big news for this writer (and one of 18 judges) is the showing of Maryland wines whose wines won eight Best of Category awards led by the wines of Elk Run Vineyards in Mt. Airy, Md. which won four Gold/Best of Category for its Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Cabernet Franc. At the end of the competition, Maryland had 11 gold medals of the 42 given out the judges. When I moved into the Mid-Atlantic 18 years ago, Virginia was famous for its wine trail signs and a growing winery industry. In Maryland, it was against the law to place a sign on the road pointing to a winery and the numbers were declining rather than growing. The times, they are a changin' as today Kevin Atticks heads up the forward moving Maryland Wineries Association and the number of wineries is now 54 and growing.

Eighteen judges, representing all facets of the wine industry including Foodservice Monthly editor Michael Birchenall and Washington Post wine writer Dave McIntyre, named 28 Best of Category wines and awarded 42 gold medals, 111 silver medals, and 180 bronze medals.

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.I also sit on the board of directors for the association.

Dave McIntyre wrote about the two days of swirling, sniffing, sipping and spitting (yes, you MUST spit to be a judge) on his WineLine blog. They were made before we were allowed to write about the winners … but his comments and general tasting notes are superb and worth a read. And take a look at his weekly The Washington Post wine column … always some good suggestions and commentary on the wine world.

And the winners are:

Best of Show

2006 Blanc de Noirs by Chateau Frank, NY

Best of Category

Blush/Rose Hybrid/NA: 2011 Dry Rose' by Chateau Morrisette, VA

Bordeaux-Style Red Blends: 2010 Reserve BDX by Heritage Vineyards, NJ

Cabernet Franc: 2010 Cabernet Franc by Elk Run Vineyards, MD

Cabernet Sauvignon: 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon by Sunset Hills Vineyards, VA

Chambourcin: NV Chambourcin by Bordeleau Winery, MD

Chardonnay: 2011 Chardonnay by Jefferson Vineyards, VA

Fortified Wines: 2009 Vintage Port by Alba Vineyard, NJ

Gewurztraminer: 2010 Gewurztraminer by Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, NY (Silver)

Merlot: 2010 Merlot by Elk Run Vineyards, MD

Norton: 2009 Thirteenth Colony Cynthiana by Frogtown Cellars, GA

Other Red Vinifera Blends: NV Applause, First Standing Ovation by Frogtown Cellars, GA (Silver)

Other Red Vinifera Varietals: 2010 Tannat by Horton Cellars Winery, VA

Other White Hybrid/NA Varietal: 2011 Diamond by Candia Vineyards, NH

Other White Vinifera Varietals: 2011 Petit Manseng by Paradise Springs Winery, VA (Silver)

Petit Verdot: 2010 Petit Verdot by Cross Keys Vineyards & Estate, VA

Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio: 2010 Pinot Gris by Dr. Konstantin Frank, NY (Silver)

Pinot Noir: 2010 Pinot Noir by Elk Run Vineyards, MD

Red Interspecific Blends: 2010 Prestige by Knob Hall Winery, MD

Riesling: 2011 Semi-Dry Riesling by Belhurst Estate Winery, NY

Sauvignon Blanc: 2011 Sauvignon Blanc by Veritas Winery, VA

Sparkling Vinifera Wines: 2006 Blanc de Noirs by Chateau Frank, NY

Sweet Blush  (RS > 4 %): NV Monkton Moon Delight by Basignani Winery, MD

Sweet White Hybrid/NA (RS > 4 %): NV Tears of Gettysburg by Adams County Winery, PA

Syrah/Shiraz: 2010 Syrah by Elk Run Vineyards, MD

Traminette: 2010 Traminette by Williamsburg Winery, Ltd., VA (Silver)

Vinifera Blush/Rose Wines: 2010 Pinot Noir Blanc by Chateau Lafayette Reneau, NY

Viognier: 2011 Viognier by Pollak Vineyards, VA

White Interspecific Blends: 2011 White Oak by Knob Hall Winery, MD

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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