2016 Asheville Wine & Food Festival Wine Competition winners

BLIND FORMAT: All judges for the Asheville Wine & Food Festival Wine Competition are trained by the French Broad Vignerons and sample unlabeled wines.
BLIND FORMAT: All judges for the Asheville Wine & Food Festival Wine Competition are trained by the French Broad Vignerons and sample unlabeled wines.

The results are in for 2016 Asheville Wine & Food Festival Wine Competition. For the third year in a row, the number of entries increased more than 20 percent over the previous year’s event. Teams of judges trained by the French Broad Vignerons determined the medalists through a blind tasting format during evaluation sessions held in June.

The results include two double gold, 22 gold, 62 silver and 4 bronze medal wines. Winners who earned gold or silver medals and presented wines that were regionally fermented using regionally sourced fruit received the French Broad Vignerons’ Best of the Appalachians designation. The public can sample the winning wines on Saturday, Aug. 20, at the North Carolina Wine Cellar booth at the Asheville Wine & Food Festival. The wines will also be for sale at that time.

For more details, visit the French Broad Vignerons website.

2016 Asheville Wine & Food Festival Wine Competition results:

  • Double gold medal
    • Addison Farms Vineyard, Leicester, NC – Structure 2013
    • JOLO Winery & Vineyards, Pilot Mounatin, NC – Golden Hallow 2015
  • Gold
    • Addison Farms Vineyard, Leicester, NC – Coming Home, 2013
    • Belle Nicho Winery, Nebo, NC – Seyval Blanc
    • Biltmore Estate Wine Company, Asheville, NC – Biltmore Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014
    • Burntshirt Vineyards, Hendersonville, NC – Gruner Veltliner, 2015
    • Burntshirt Vineyards, Hendersonville, NC – O Cellars Reserve Cabernet Franc, 2014
    • FernCrest Winery, Andrews, NC – Royal White, 2015
    • JOLO Winery & Vineyards, Pilot Mountain, NC – Pilot Fog, 2015
    • Jones von Drehle Vineyards, Thurmond, NC – Jones von Drehle Tempranillo, 2014
    • Jones von Drehle Vineyards, Thurmond, NC – Jones von Drehle Viognier, 2015
    • Jones von Drehle Vineyards, Thurmond, NC – Jones von Drehle Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012
    • Parker-Binns Vineyard, Mill Spring, NC – Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013
    • Raffaldini Vineyards, Ronda, NC – Montepulciano, 2014
    • Raffaldini Vineyards, Ronda, NC – La Dolce Vita, 2015
    • Sanctuary Vineyards, Jarvisburg, NC – Pearl, 2015
    • Sanctuary Vineyards, Jarvisburg, NC – Whalehead White, 2015
    • Sanctuary Vineyards, Jarvisburg, NC – Aglianico, 2014
    • Shelton Vineyards, Dobson, NC – Two Five Nine Tannat, 2013
    • Silver Fork Winery, Morganton, NC – Cabernet Franc, 2014
    • The Winery at Seven Springs Farm, Maynardville, TN – Muscadine
    • The Winery at Seven Springs Farm, Maynardville, TN -James’s Peach
    • The Winery at Seven Springs Farm, Maynardville, TN – Southern Belle
    • The Winery at Seven Springs Farm, Maynardville, TN – Royal Blue
  • Silver
    • Adagio Vineyards, Elkin, NC – Chardonnay, 2015
    • Addison Farms Vineyard, Leicester, NC – Alchemy Love
    • Addison Farms Vineyard, Leicester, NC – Five Twenty-Nine
    • Addison Farms Vineyard, Leicester, NC – Alchemy Prosperity
    • Addison Farms Vineyard, Leicester, NC – Red Dress, 2014
    • Belle Nicho Winery, Nebo, NC – Traminette
    • Belle Nicho Winery, Nebo, NC – Chambourcin
    • Belle Nicho Winery, Nebo, NC – Rose
    • Belle Nicho Winery, Nebo, NC – Sweet Dog Red
    • Biltmore Estate Wine Company, Asheville, NC – Biltmore Reserve Cabernet Franc, 2014
    • Biltmore Estate Wine Company, Asheville, NC – Biltmore Reserve Chardonnay, 2015
    • Burntshirt Vineyards, Hendersonville, NC – Chardonnay, 2014
    • Burntshirt Vineyards, Hendersonville, NC – Merlot, 2013
    • Burntshirt Vineyards, Hendersonville, NC – Altitude 3400
    • FernCrest Winery, Andrews, NC – Mountain Wood Red, 2014
    • FernCrest Winery, Andrews, NC – Southern Lady White, 2015
    • JOLO Winery & Vineyards, Pilot Mountain, NC – Jolotage, 2014
    • JOLO Winery & Vineyards, Pilot Mountain, NC – Pink, 2015
    • JOLO Winery & Vineyards, Pilot Mountain, NC – Happy Endings, 2015
    • Jones von Drehle Vineyards, Thurmond, NC – Jones von Drehle Estate Viognier, 2014
    • Jones von Drehle Vineyards, Thurmond, NC – Jones von Drehle Malbec, 2013
    • Jones von Drehle Vineyards, Thurmond, NC – Jones von Drehle Estate Reserve Merlot, 2012
    • Jones von Drehle Vineyards, Thurmond, NC – Old Railroad White
    • Jones von Drehle Vineyards, Thurmond, NC – Old Railroad Rose
    • Jones von Drehle Vineyards, Thurmond, NC – Jones von Drehle Estate Petit Manseng, 2014
    • Jones von Drehle Vineyards, Thurmond, NC – Jones von Drehle Estate Barrel Select Chardonnay, 2013
    • Jones von Drehle Vineyards, Thurmond, NC – Jones von Drehle Estate Chardonnay, 2014
    • Jones von Drehle Vineyards, Thurmond, NC – Old Railroad Red
    • Jones von Drehle Vineyards, Thurmond, NC – Jones von Drehle Rosa Dia, 2015
    • Jones von Drehle Vineyards, Thurmond, NC – Jones von Drehle Estate Petit Manseng, 2015
    • Jones von Drehle Vineyards, Thurmond, NC – Jones von Drehle Rock & Rail, 2012
    • Jones von Drehle Vineyards, Thurmond, NC -Jones von Drehle Tempranillo, 2013
    • Jones von Drehle Vineyards, Thurmond, NC -Jones von Drehle Petit Verdot, 2012
    • Parker-Binns Vineyard, Mill Spring, NC – Chardonnay, 2015
    • Parker-Binns Vineyard, Mill Spring, NC – Pea Ridge White, 2014
    • Raffaldini Vineyards, Ronda, NC – Girasole, 2015
    • Raffaldini Vineyards, Ronda, NC -Vermentino Superiore, 2015
    • Russian Chapel Hills Winery, Columbus, NC – Muscadine, 2014
    • Russian Chapel Hills Winery, Columbus, NC – Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013
    • Russian Chapel Hills Winery, Columbus, NC – Mosaic, 2014
    • Russian Chapel Hills Winery, Columbus, NC – Kagor, 2014
    • Sanctuary Vineyards, Jarvisburg, NC – Wildflowers, 2015
    • Sanctuary Vineyards, Jarvisburg, NC – Double Barrel, 2014
    • Sanctuary Vineyards, Jarvisburg, NC – The Triangle, 2015
    • Sanctuary Vineyards, Jarvisburg, NC – Wild Pony White, 2015
    • Sanctuary Vineyards, Jarvisburg, NC – Chardonnay, 2015
    • Sanctuary Vineyards, Jarvisburg, NC – Outer Banks Ice, 2015
    • Sanctuary Vineyards, Jarvisburg, NC – Coastal Collage, 2014
    • Shelton Vineyards, Dobson, NC – Riesling, 2015
    • Shelton Vineyards, Dobson, NC – Sauvignon Blanc, 2015
    • Shelton Vineyards, Dobson, NC – Cabernet Franc, 2013
    • Shelton Vineyards, Dobson, NC – Merlot, 2013
    • Shelton Vineyards, Dobson, NC – Bin 17 Unoaked Chardonnay, 2015
    • Silver Fork Winery, Morganton, NC – Four Dog Red Blend
    • Silver Fork Winery, Morganton, NC – Chardonnay Reserve, 2015
    • Silver Fork Winery, Morganton, NC – Merlot, 2014
    • The Winery at Seven Springs Farm, Maynardville, TN – Riesling
    • The Winery at Seven Springs Farm, Maynardville, TN – Farmhouse White
    • The Winery at Seven Springs Farm, Maynardville, TN – Heritage Red
    • The Winery at Seven Springs Farm, Maynardville, TN – Vineyard White
  • Bronze
    • Adagio Vineyards, Elkin, NC – Chaconne, 2013
    • Adagio Vineyards, Elkin, NC – Minuet, 2015
    • Parker-Binns Vineyard, Mill Spring, NC – You Can Dance, 2011
    • Russian Chapel Hills Winery, Columbus, NC – Rose, 2014

 

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Thomas Calder received his MFA in Fiction from the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program. He has worked with several publications, including Gulf Coast and the Collagist. For his weekly #tuesdayhistory tidbits on Asheville, follow him on Instagram @tcalder.

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