Double Gold Notes from the 2014 Consumers’ Wine Judging

Under $10.00
Barefoot Cellars NV Chardonnay, California
Barefoot Chardonnay is full of peach and Fuji apple flavors. It’s as smooth and golden as … gold. Medium-weight with a sweet vanilla aroma but light enough to go with fresh fruits, white sauce pasta or light seafood dishes.

Wollersheim 2013 White Riesling, Wisconsin
A semi-sweet wine, with floral aromas of jasmine and a well-balanced palate of ripe peaches and apricots. A perfect summer time wine for sitting on the porch with fresh fruit and light cheeses or use as an elegant dessert wine.

Torrey Ridge “Big Jake Wort Hog” Spiced Apple Cider, Finger Lakes, NY
Sweet aromas of cloves, cinnamon and apple capture the senses, and the first sip explodes over the tongue full of spices and ripe apples. Visions of a glass of this spiced apple treat in front of a roaring fire on a cold winter’s night seem apropos.

Barefoot Cellars Pink Moscato, California
Aromas of Mandarin orange and sweet jasmine meld together for a deliciously sweet rosè libation. Subtle flavors of cherry, raspberry, and pomegranate are prominent for a mouthful of delight. A perfect selection for grilled and spicy foods, especially spicy oriental dishes.

Cedar Creek Winery 2013 Pinot Grigio, Wisconsin
This semi-dry Pinot Grigio fills the olfactory senses with tropical fruit and floral aromas, while tantalizing the palate with flavors of pear and mango. Serve slightly chilled with white sauce pasta, fruits and light cheeses.

$10.01 - $15.00
Americana Vineyards NV “Apparition” Finger Lakes, New York
The folks at Americana Vineyards have produced an excellent example of the Vidal hybrid grape in the “Apparition.” Fresh citrus and honey aromas are prelude to a mouthful of pineapple, grapefruit and honey overtones. A slight touch of sweetness makes this wine perfect for appetizers, by itself with a good book or as a perfect match for light cheeses or desserts.

Lakewood Vineyards NV Valvin Muscat, Finger Lakes, NY
Juicy aromas of white peach, pear and melon set the stage for a luscious, fruity palate with a long, mouth-watering finish. Delightful by itself, enjoy with light salads, hors d’oeuvres or brie.

Prairie Berry Winery NV “Gold Digger,” South Dakota
This semi-sweet little gem of a pear wine tickles the palate with light, crisp, tart pear flavors and tantalizes with aromas of pear blossom. Perfect for light summer drinking, marry with fruit salads or just enjoying on the deck with light cheeses.

Torrey Ridge Winery NV Molly’s Moscato, Finger Lakes, NY
Delightfully sweet with lush, fruity aromas. Hints of citrus skip across flavors of juicy peach and ripe apricots. A bright, crisp finish dances in at the end. Fruit and mild cheeses will be perfect matches for this Moscato

Harvest Ridge NV Blue Hen Blue, Delaware
A red wine and fruit wine blend with loads of wild berry and candied fruit notes and an off-dry palate with a clean fresh grape finish. The perfect summer wine for spicy foods off the smoker or to enjoy at the end of the evening with blue cheese and walnuts.

$15.01 - $20.00
Santa Barbara 2011 Syrah, California
An enticing nose of black berry fruits followed by superb rush and rich mouth feel that makes you hope the sensations won’t end. A marvelous, satisfying wine to please all the senses. As one consumer judge describes it, “This is a knock your socks off wine!” A very amiable wine that would match well with any meat, seasoned or marinated.

Harvest Ridge 2013 Chambourcin, Delaware
This French-Hybrid grape has an excellent structure. Youthful, with vibrant black cherry and plum aromas, then earth tones with truffle and mineral hints on the finish. Prime rib, Lamb, Roast beef, Veal Roast, fowl dark meat and of course, just about any kind of steak or spicy foods come to mind to go with this wine.

$20.01 - $27.00
Chateau Frank 2007 Brut, Finger Lakes, NY
Big mousse, endless bubbles, light hint of fresh bread yeast, crisp citrus fruit on the palate with lingering flavors. This wine is light enough to serve with hors d’oeuvres but would also be a perfect match with several fish or chicken entrees. Its “spritz” is a treat for the palate.

$27.01 - $35.00
Windsor Vineyards NV Blanc de Blanc, Sonoma, CA
Richly golden and effervescent, this refreshing sparkling wine offers intermingling flavors of crisp, green apple, apricot, nectarine and notes of citrus. Soft minerality enhances the palate for a cleansing and polished finish. Complex enough to go with caviar or a quiet evening with pizza. A perfect selection for any celebration.

Canyon Wind 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Colorado
The nose delights with aromas of red currant, lavender, cherry, anise and subtle hints of vanilla. The velvety palate is full of concentrated black cherry, clove, and traces of smokiness and vanilla with intensity and a full, lingering finish. Consider lying down for a few years.

$50.00 and Above
Sagebrush Annie’s 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Barbara, CA
Deep garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of roasted coffee and tart currant with a supple, dryish medium body and a round, blackberry and earth finish among firm, coating tannins. Definitely recommend laying it down now, it will be better in a few years.

Haywood 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Los Chamizal, Sonoma County, CA
This is a complex wine of structure and full flavors. Black cherry, cassis flavors layer over a touch of French oak all blend together with subtle tannins on the finish. Grilled or smoked red meats are the flavor of the day for this beauty.