by Averill Shepps
January is the month that your wine society celebrates the Pennsylvania wine industry by holding a tasting featuring the top scoring wines determined by a panel of judges, led this year by Kevin Ostrowski. Kevin has recently received his Certified Specialist of Wine with the Society of Wine Educators. The winery that made the top scoring wine will be given our beautiful award plaque to display for a year. Other top scoring wines will receive certificates. Representatives from the top thirteen wineries will be there to speak about their wines, vintage challenges in the vineyard, and many interesting facts and entertaining anecdotes.
Usually we have a group of the top ten wines to present to you at our PA Excellence event. This year the scoring results were such that we had more ties than usual, and thus, we will be presenting thirteen top wines! Now that is a real incentive for those of you who are considering attending the event, as you will have more great wines to try. After the tasting you can lightly sample some of the honorable mention wines as well.
The Top 13 Wines in alphabetical order:
Armstrong Valley Cabernet Franc 2017
Armstrong Valley Fort Halifax 1796 Port
Benigna’s Creek Sunshine 2018
Briar Valley Cabernet Franc 2017
Cassel’s Vidal 2017
Mazza Vidal Ice Wine 2017
Mazza Vidal Ice Wine 2018
Mazza Cabernet Franc 2017
Nissley Chardonnay, Reserve 2018
Presque Isle Dornfelder 2017
Shade Mountain Chardonnay 2017
Stony Run Sparkling Chardonnay 2017
Stony Run Gruner Veltliner 2017
Honorable Mention Wines: Cassel’s Cabernet Franc Reserve 2106; Chaddsford Merlot 2017; Folino Estate Merlot, NV; Folino Estate Pinot Noir 2017; Nimble Hill Gruner Veltliner 2018; Nimble Hill Pinot Noir 2017; Stony Run Chardonnay Reserve 2017; Stony Run Viognier 22017; Waltz Cherry Tree Merlot 2016; Waltz Crow Woods Cabernet Sauvignon 2016.
The event will start at 2 PM on Sunday, January 26th at the Hilton Harrisburg, One North Second Street, Harrisburg. Come and celebrate Pennsylvania’s fine wines!