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Tug Hill strikes double-gold in International Cold Climate Wine Competition


A small Upstate New York winery walked off with a pair of double gold medals at the recent 6th annual International Cold Climate Wine Competition (ICCWC), held at the University of Minnesota’s Continuing Education Conference Center.

Tug Hill Vineyards of Lewis County received double golds for its 43 Lat Blush (Blush/Rose: Single Varietal and Blends category) and 2013 Cuvée Rosé (Specialty: Sparkling Grape category) wines made by winemaker Craig Hosbach. The double gold designation signifies a unanimous vote of the tasting panel judging a paticular wine.

Among major "best of" winners: Shelburne Vineyard of Shelburne, VT, topped the red wine category with its 2012 Marquette Reserve; Danzinger Vineyards of Alma, WI, topped the white wine category with its 2013 Golden Sunrise, Door 44 Winery of Sturgeon Bay, WI, finished atop the specialty/fortified wine category with its Bubbler sparkling wine.

This year’s competition included 284 wines from 59 commercial wineries in 11 states, evaluated by 21 judges. Three-judge panels determined the initial medals, with the top-scoring wines evaluated by seven-judge panels.

The ICCWC is a partnership between the Minnesota Grape Growers Association and the University of Minnesota, which developed several of the cold-hardy grapes used to make the wines in the competition. The test is the only one exclusively dedicated to wines made from cold-hardy grape varieties that can withstand the winters known to the Upper Midwest, Northeast, and parts of Canada.

Tug Hill also took a pair of silver medals and three bronzes. Other New York State wineries awarded medals were Coyote Moon, Thousand Island Winery and The Cape Winery. A full list of all category winners is available here.

Tug Hill Vineyards is located southeast of Watertown at 4051 Yancey Road (Route 12), six miles north of Lowville. Phone: 315-376-4336.

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