Idaho Wine Competition

Here are the results from the very latest Idaho Wine Competition held by the Wine Press Northwest. Cheers!

The Idaho Wine Competition is conducted by Wine Press Northwest magazine in cooperation with the Idaho Wine Commission.
170 Wines Entered …down a bit from last year ..

All gold medal winners in this competition are eligible for Wine Press Northwest’s Platinum Judging, which will be held in about a month.

1. Camas Prairie’s 2011 Raspberry Mead.
2.The Williamson Vineyards 2010 Blossom Rosé of Sangiovese. *Best Rose
3. Woodriver Cellars 2008 Cabernet Franc. *Best Red
4. Ste. Chapelle 2008 Late Harvest Riesling. *Best Dessert Wine
5. Cinder Wines 2010 Chardonnay.
6. Cold Springs Winery’s 2006 Astrology Merlot gets the gold. Just a $12 wine. So a great wine at a great price.
7. The Snake River Winery 2009 Arena Valley Vineyard Syrah, a $17 wine, wins double gold.
No Gold Medals for Malbec, Petite Verdot, Petite Syrah, Tempranillo or the one Pinot Noir entered.
8. Koenig 2008 Alden Cuvee Private Reserve
9. Koenig Vineyards’ 2009 Riesling Ice Wine – Double Gold but “not brought forward by the judges” for best dessert wine !
10. Sawtooth Winery 2010 Estate Gewürztraminer * Best White and * Best in Show
11. Ste. Chapelle 2008 Late Harvest Riesling * Best Dessert Wine

Three white wines competed for Best White Wine:
Sawtooth Gewurztraminer
Snake River Riesling
Cinder Chardonnay

Five red wines will compete for Best Red Wine: 
Cold Springs Merlot
Snake River Syrah
Cinder Syrah
Woodriver Cab Franc
Koenig Alden Cuvee.

Winner of the 2011 Idaho Wine Competition

Wine Press Northwest: In most competitions, the judges award between 5 and 10 percent gold medals. In this competition, we awarded 7 percent golds, so that was exactly where the averages would put us.

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