Although Lake Erie and Eastern PA are a little more known for grape growing and wine, some local wineries have done well at the 2013 PA Farm Show’s Commercial Wine Competition. The Farm Show was January 5th-12th in Harrisburg and is the largest indoor agricultural expo in the country. The Commercial wine competition is open to all PA Limited Wineries and must be labeled as Pennsylvania wines under TTB regulations, meaning that at least 75% of the wine submitted must be made from Pennsylvania fruit. The wines that are entered must also be currently available for sale, or available within 60 days of the competition and be a batch size of 100 gallons or more.
Here is how the wineries on our side of the state fared in the competition.
Greendance Winery, Mt. Pleasant
Best of Show Sweet/Dessert Grape and Best American Double gold: 2011 Diamond
Silver Medal: 2010 Sparkling Vidal Blanc
Bronze Medal: 2008 Noiret, 2011 Chambourcin, Peach, Black Currant and Sparkling Red Raspberry wines
Thistlethwaite Vineyards, Jefferson
Silver Medal: Colonial Red
Bronze Medal: Farm House Red
Wilcox Winery, Wilcox (Wilcox also has a tasting room location at Settler’s Ridge in Robinson)
Best Sparkling/Gold Medal: 2011 Celebration
Silver Medal: 2011 Clarion River Red
Bronze Medals: 2009 Kellermeisters Ubarraschung, 2011 Clarion River Rapids, 2011 Rasselas Rose, 2010 Port of Chambourcin, 2011 Wedding white and 2011 Schokoladenkirswein (which is a chocolate cherry dessert wine)