NC State Fair judging results in many medals

NC State Fair judging results in many medals

The hustle and bustle of a busy school day was replaced with the clink of glass and murmured opinions in August at Surry Community College.

The college was hosting the 2017 North Carolina Commercial and Amateur Wine Competition in its Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture and Enology.

Four tables seat the 16 judges who are sampling entries from all over the state, according to Whit Winslow, executive director of the N.C. Wine and Grape Council, who traveled from Raleigh for the event.

Ashley Morrison, the school’s Sciences Division chair, said earlier this week, “The judges will be winemakers, wine experts, and wine writers from across our region.”

For that reason, Morrison is excited about the networking opportunity this represents for local student volunteers.

“Our students will be working the back room, under the guidance of a very experienced competition organizer, Tom King,” Morrison said before the start. “This is a great opportunity for them to learn through experience how wine competitions work.”

In the back, each bottle was labeled with a code that matches a work sheet that goes out to the judging floor. The winery wasn’t disclosed. The judges were given details like the vintage, region of origin, blend (if not a straight variety), residual sugar and alcohol content.

Some blends are quite complex. One entry boasts Cabernet Sauvignon 42 percent, Cabernet Franc 14 percent, Merlot 18 percent, Verdot 10 percent, and Malbec 16 percent.

Something new this year was that all entries must be at least three-fourths sourced from North Carolina, said Winslow. That means the grapes used for the wine or the honey used for the mead category or fruits for hard cider.

Also new this year was one pleasant surprise. Riedel, the 261-year-old glass company, donated all the wine glasses used in the competition, said Winslow.

The competition had to be split up over multiple days because of the volume of entries.

Winslow said some small companies might submit a bottle or two. However, the biggest wineries might send one of everything they make. The entry fee is $25 per bottle; to get the opinions of 16 respectable judges for basically less than $2 each is considered a reasonable cost.

The final tally came to more than 400 entries.

The winners will be displayed at the N.C. State Fair in Raleigh held Oct. 12-22.

As for the community college, Morrison said, “Hosting this competition aligns nicely with our mission of education and wine quality enhancement in our state and region.”

Winners list

Apple/Pear

Carolina Heritage Vineyard & Winery, Apple Pie, Silver

James Creek Cider House, Big Dipper, Silver

Berry

Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, Chestnut Gap Cottage, Best of Show (Fruit/Honey)

Grove Winery, Strawberry, Silver

FernCrest Winery, Black Lady, Bronze

Blanc du Bois

Hinnant Family Vineyards & Winery, Blanc du bois, Silver

Hinnant Family Vineyards & Winery, Dangerous Waters White, Silver

Cabernet Franc

Biltmore Estate Wine Company, Cabernet Franc, Silver

Burntshirt Vineyards, Reserve Cabernet Franc, Silver

Cherokee Cellars Winery, Cabernet Franc, Silver

Childress Vineyards, Reserve Cabernet Franc, Silver

Childress Vineyards, Cabernet Franc, Silver

Divine Llama Vineyards, Cabernet Franc, Silver

Laurel Gray Vineyards, Shiloh, Silver

Medaloni Cellars, Cabernet Franc, Silver

RayLen Vineyards and Winery, Cabernet Franc, Silver

Shelton Vineyards, Cabernet Franc, Silver

Daveste’ Vineyards, Cabernet Franc, Bronze

Dobbins Creek Vineyards, Cabernet Franc, Bronze

Jones von Drehle Vineyards, Cabernet Franc, Bronze

Old North State Winery, Cabernet Franc, Bronze

Rock of Ages Winery and Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Bronze

Cabernet Sauvignon

Shelton Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Double Gold

Dobbins Creek Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gold

Biltmore Estate Wine Company, Cabernet Sauvignon, Silver

Childress Vineyards, Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Silver

Childress Vineyards, Signature Cabernet Sauvignon, Silver

Childress Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Silver

Daveste’ Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Silver

Flint Hill Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Silver

Laurel Gray Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Silver

RayLen Vineyards and Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon, Silver

Rock of Ages Winery and Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Silver

Hanover Park Vineyard, Cab 3.2.1, Bronze

Carlos

Old North State Winery, Fish Hippie SeerSucker Sweet White, Best of Show (Muscadine)

Sanders Ridge, Carlos Muscadine, Gold

A Secret Garden Winery, Carlos Muscadine, Silver

Cauble Creek Vineyard, La-Vinia, Silver

Childress Vineyards, Muscadine White, Silver

Cypress Bend Vineyards, McNeill, Silver

Cypress Bend Vineyards, Livy Estate, Silver

Cypress Bend Vineyards, Riverton Estate, Silver

Cypress Bend Vineyards, A Sweetheart Stream, Silver

Cypress Bend Vineyards, Catherine, Silver

Hinnant Family Vineyards & Winery, Carolina Wildflower, Silver

Hinnant Family Vineyards & Winery, Carlos, Silver

Lu Mil Vineyard, Old Cumberland, Silver

Carolina Heritage Vineyard & Winery, Carlos, Bronze

Cypress Bend Vineyards, Reminiscence, Bronze

Sanders Ridge, Peach Mango, Bronze

Chambourcin

Flint Hill Vineyards, Flint Hill Vineyards Chambourcin, Silver

Flint Hill Vineyards, Chambourcin, Bronze

JOLO Winery & Vineyards, Crimson Creek, Bronze

Chardonel

Divine Llama Vineyards, Chardonel, Silver

Chardonnay (Oaked)

Biltmore Estate Wine Company, Chardonnay, Double Gold

Medaloni Cellars, Signature Series Chardonnay, Double Gold

Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, Chardonnay Barrel Aged, Double Gold

Jones von Drehle Vineyards, Chardonnay, Gold

Burntshirt Vineyards, Harvest Moon, Silver

Childress Vineyards, Reserve Chardonnay, Silver

Childress Vineyards, Signature Chardonnay, Silver

Old North State Winery, Chardonnay, Silver

Piccione Vineyards, Chardonnay, Silver

Point Lookout Vineyards, Chardonnay, Silver

RayLen Vineyards and Winery, Barrel Chardonnay, Silver

Sanders Ridge, 2015 Chardonnay, Silver

Chardonnay (Un-Oaked)

Shelton Vineyards, Bin 17 Unoaked Chardonnay, Double Gold

Childress Vineyards, Chardonnay, Silver

Piccione Vineyards, Unoaked Chardonnay, Bronze

Rock of Ages Winery and Vineyard, Chardonnay, Bronze

Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, Chardonnay, Bronze

Sanctuary Vineyards, Chardonnay, Bronze

Dessert

Childress Vineyards, Starbound, Silver

Fair Game Beverage Co, Scuppernong Tipper, Silver

JOLO Winery & Vineyards, Traminette, Silver

Laurel Gray Vineyards, Fort Hampton, Silver

Sanctuary Vineyards, OBX ICE, Silver

Childress Vineyards, Finish Line, Bronze

Laurel Gray Vineyards, Sangria, Bronze

Sanders Ridge, Classic ‘57, Bronze

Doreen

Cauble Creek Vineyard, Mae Belle, Silver

Fruit Hard Ciders

James Creek Cider House, Gemini Double Dipper, Silver

Westbend Winery and Brewery, Hard Cider, Silver

Grape & Fruit Blends

Divine Llama Vineyards, Merlina, Silver

Twisted Vine Winery, Patriot’s Blend, Silver

Magnolia

Hinnant Family Vineyards & Winery, Moondance Magnolia, Silver

Old Homeplace Vineyard, Skinny Dippin’, Silver

Cypress Bend Vineyards, Isabel, Bronze

Lu Mil Vineyard, Harmony Hall, Bronze

Malbec

Childress Vineyards, Reserve Malbec, Gold

Jones von Drehle Vineyards, Reserve Malbec, Silver

Jones von Drehle Vineyards, Reserve Malbec, Bronze

Merlot

RayLen Vineyards and Winery, Merlot Double, Gold

Childress Vineyards, Reserve Merlot, Silver

Childress Vineyards, Signature Merlot, Silver

Childress Vineyards, Merlot, Silver

Divine Llama Vineyards, Merlot, Silver

Dobbins Creek Vineyards, Merlot, Silver

Jones von Drehle Vineyards, Reserve Merlot, Silver

Rock of Ages Winery and Vineyard, Merlot, Silver

Brandon Hills Vineyard, Merlot, Bronze

Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, Merlot, Bronze

Sanders Ridge, 2015 Merlot, Bronze

Montepulciano

Piccione Vineyards, Montepulciano Riserva, Silver

Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery, Montepulciano, Silver

Niagara

Elkin Creek Vineyard, Soft White, Silver

Noble

Sanctuary Vineyards, Plank, Double Gold

Cauble Creek Vineyard, Monroe, Silver

Chestnut Trail Vineyard, Legado, Silver

Childress Vineyards, Muscadine Red, Silver

Hinnant Family Vineyards & Winery, Holiday Classic, Silver

Lu Mil Vineyard, Cape Town Red, Silver

Lu Mil Vineyard, Sir Walter Raleigh, Silver

Old North State Winery, Fish Hippie SeerSucker Sweet Red, Silver

Twisted Vine Winery, Muscadine, Silver

Hinnant Family Vineyards & Winery, Noble, Bronze

Norton/Cynthiana

JOLO Winery & Vineyards, Pilot Fog, Bronze

Other

Twisted Vine Winery, Southern Heat, Silver

Other Red Varietals

Brandon Hills Vineyard, Barbera, Gold

Childress Vineyards, Reserve Barbera, Gold

Shelton Vineyards, Two Five Nine Tannat, Gold

Elkin Creek Vineyard, Dornfelder, Silver

Grove Winery, Nebbiolo, Silver

Grove Winery, Carménère, Silver

Piccione Vineyards, Nero, Silver

Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery, Sagrantino, Silver

Rock of Ages Winery and Vineyard, Lemberger, Silver

Sanctuary Vineyards, Aglianico, Silver

Hanover Park Vineyard, Mourvedre, Bronze

Rock of Ages Winery and Vineyard, Touriga, Bronze

Rock of Ages Winery and Vineyard, Cork & Pork, Bronze

Other White Varietals

Burntshirt Vineyards, Gruner Veltliner, Gold

Brandon Hills Vineyard, Sweet Amelia, Silver

Douglas Vineyards, Enochville, Gold Silver

Piccione Vineyards, Vermentino, Silver

Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery, Vermentino, Silver

Sanctuary Vineyards, Pearl, Silver

Petit Manseng

Jones von Drehle Vineyards, Petit Manseng, Silver

Rock of Ages Winery and Vineyard, Petit Manseng, Silver

Petit Verdot

Childress Vineyards, Reserve Petit Verdot, Silver

Childress Vineyards, Petit Verdot, Silver

Jones von Drehle Vineyards, Petit Verdot, Silver

Laurel Gray Vineyards, Family Select Reserve, Silver

Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, Petit Verdot, Silver

Westbend Winery and Brewery, Petit Verdot, Bronze

Pinot Gris/Grigio

Laurel Gray Vineyards, Pinot Gris, Silver

Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery, Pinot Grigio, Silver

Childress Vineyards, Pinot Grigio, Bronze

Pure Honey Wines/Meads

Starrlight Mead, Traditional Sourwood Mead, Silver

Starrlight Mead, Traditional Off-dry Mead, Silver

Red Blends

Brandon Hills Vineyard, Raptor Red Blend, Silver

Childress Vineyards, Reserve Meritage, Silver

Cypress Bend Vineyards, Hollyberry Red, Silver

Cypress Bend Vineyards, Campbell, Silver

Cypress Bend Vineyards, Sundown, Silver

Cypress Bend Vineyards, Autumn, Silver

JOLO Winery & Vineyards, Red Blend, Silver

Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, Jasper, Silver

Brandon Hills Vineyard, Raptor Red Blend, Bronze

Carolina Heritage Vineyard & Winery, Three C’s, Bronze

Carolina Heritage Vineyard & Winery, Brushy Mountain Memories, Bronze

Carolina Heritage Vineyard & Winery, Chambourcin-Cynthiana Blend, Bronze

Childress Vineyards, Pinnacle, Bronze

Childress Vineyards, Three Red Table Wine, Bronze

Divine Llama Vineyards, In a Heart Beat, Bronze

Dobbins Creek Vineyards, Ram Cat Red, Bronze

Douglas Vineyards, Freeze Road Red, Bronze

Flint Hill Vineyards, Tres Cerise, Bronze

Grove Winery, Block B (Meritage/Bordeaux blend), Bronze

Herrera Vineyards, Devilish, Bronze

Herrera Vineyards, Solera, Bronze

Hinnant Family Vineyards & Winery, Gimme Some Sugar, Bronze

Old Homeplace Vineyard, Homecoming, Bronze

Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, Chestnut East Reserve, Bronze

Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, Queen, Bronze

Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, Chestnut Gap, Bronze

Sanctuary Vineyards, Cabernet Franc, Bronze

Sanctuary Vineyards, Double Barrel, Bronze

Twisted Vine Winery, Who’s Ya Daddy, Bronze

Riesling

Old Homeplace Vineyard, Riesling, Double Gold

Childress Vineyards, Riesling, Gold

Linville Falls Winery, Riesling, Silver

RayLen Vineyards and Winery, Riesling, Silver

Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, Centennial Farm Heritage, Silver

Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, Lower Vineyard, Silver

Shelton Vineyards, Riesling, Silver

Dobbins Creek Vineyards, Dry Riesling, Bronze

Point Lookout Vineyards, Riesling Dry, Bronze

Point Lookout Vineyards, Riesling, Bronze

Westbend Winery and Brewery, Riesling, Bronze

Rose/Blush Blends

Hinnant Family Vineyards & Winery, Electric Pelican, Double Gold

Herrera Vineyards, Rose, Silver

Laurel Gray Vineyards, 1773 Rose’, Silver

Linville Falls Winery, Rose’, Silver

Lu Mil Vineyard, Bladen Blush, Silver

Old Homeplace Vineyard, Tire Swing Rose’, Silver

Point Lookout Vineyards, Rose, Silver

Sanctuary Vineyards, Wildflowers, Silver

Shelton Vineyards, Dry Rose, Silver

Cypress Bend Vineyards, Roseneath, Bronze

Dobbins Creek Vineyards, Dry Rose, Bronze

Sangiovese

Piccione Vineyards, Sangiovese, Gold

Elkin Creek Vineyard, Sangiovese, Silver

Grove Winery, Sangiovese, Silver

Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery, Sangiovese, Silver

Sauvignon Blanc

Shelton Vineyards, Sauvignon Blanc, Gold

Childress Vineyards, Sauvignon Blanc, Silver

Scuppernong

Twisted Vine Winery, Cindy’s Select, Double Gold

Seyval Blanc

Banner Elk Winery, Seyval Blanc, Silver

Banner Elk Winery, Seyval Blanc, Reserve Silver

Linville Falls Winery, Mountain White, Silver

Single Varietal Blush/Rose

FernCrest Winery, Rose of Norton, Silver

Grove Winery, Jug House Blush, Silver

Grove Winery, Rose’, Silver

JOLO Winery & Vineyards, JOLO Pink, Silver

Jones von Drehle Vineyards, Dulcimer, Silver

Jones von Drehle Vineyards, Grenache Rose, Silver

Piccione Vineyards, Rosato, Silver

Sparkling

Biltmore Estate Wine Company, Blanc de Blancs, Silver

Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, Roseraie, Silver

Tempranillo

Jones von Drehle Vineyards, Tempranillo, Bronze

Traminette

Daveste’ Vineyards, Traminette, Silver

Divine Llama Vineyards, Traminette, Silver

Westbend Winery and Brewery, Traminette, Bronze

Vidal Blanc

Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, Laurel Hill, Best of Show (Bunch Grapes)

Burntshirt Vineyards, Vidal Blanc, Silver

Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, Vidal Blanc, Silver

Viognier

Childress Vineyards, Viognier, Silver

Jones von Drehle Vineyards, Viognier, Silver

Biltmore Estate Wine Company, Viognier, Bronze

Grove Winery, Viognier, Bronze

RayLen Vineyards and Winery, Viognier, Bronze

White Blends

Cypress Bend Vineyards, To-Morrow, Gold

Lu Mil Vineyard, Taylor Divine, Gold

Chestnut Trail Vineyard, Estrellita, Silver

Childress Vineyards, Three White Table Wine, Silver

JOLO Winery & Vineyards, Golden Hallows, Silver

Old Homeplace Vineyard, Henry Lee, Silver

RayLen Vineyards and Winery, White Carolinius, Silver

Sanctuary Vineyards, The Triangle, Bronze

Sanctuary Vineyards, Whalehead White, Bronze

Sanctuary Vineyards, Wild Pony White, Bronze

A wide variety of wines sit on a sampling table before Mark Hoffman Saturday afternoon during wine judging at Surry Community College.
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A cart rolls in the next entry’s contents for the judges to try.
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Staff member Chuck Johnson answers questions from the judges as he circulates the room.
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Sarah Kelly swirls her glass while examining the wine before tasting.
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Alex Ancuta takes a deep whiff of the next glass set before him at Saturday’s judging.
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Ashley Morrison asks David Bower a question about scoring during Saturday’s competition.
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Here are just a few of the 400 bottles of wine entered into the statewide competition.
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About 400 entries from across the state

By Jeff Linville

jlinville@mtairynews.com

Jeff Linville is assistant editor for The Mount Airy News.





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