Regional Wineries Win in San Francisco
The 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition included many Midwestern wineries at the top of the heap of 4,900 bottles of wine. (SFC is the biggest wine competition in the U.S.)
Scanning the list of Sweepstakes Award Winners, the Midwestern wines are all much less expensive than the Sweepstakes winners from other regions. Regardless of price, I’d rather drink a bottle of any of the wines below instead of another laborious $40.00 bottle of California Chard or Cab Sauv.
2015 Sweepstakes Award (Top in Category)
Debonne Vineyards — 2013 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine — Grand River Valley, Ohio — $29.99
Best of Class
Forty-Five North Vineyard & Winery– 2013 Pinot Gris- Leelanau Peninsula- $18.00
St. James Winery– Missouri: Three Best of Class Winners:
2013 Vignoles, $14.99
NV Friendship School White, $18.99
2012 Norton, $14.99
Prairie Berry Winery– Gold Digger Pear- South Dakota- $15.00
Other winners of note:
While it’s not a Midwestern Winery, kudos to New York’s Coyote Moon for a Best of Class award for their 2011 Marquette Reserve. I would love to taste Coyote Moon’s wine.
Brengman Brothers in the Leelanau Peninsula got six awards at SFC Competition.
— Double Gold Medal: 2013 Riesling SpÃ¤tlese
— Gold Medal: 2013 Riesling Trocken
— Silver Medal: 2010 Riesling Med Sweet
— Silver Medal: 2012 Unoaked Chardonnay Artist Series
— Bronze Medal: 2012 Pinot Noir Artist Series
— Bronze Medal: 2013 Block 65 Blend