Four Daughters’ La Crescent Wine Takes Top Honors

Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn., (8/16/2012) – 2011 La Crescent wine from Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery in Spring Valley, Minn., won the coveted Minnesota Governor’s Cup trophy at the 2012 International Cold Climate Wine  Competition (ICCWC), held today at the University of Minnesota’s Conference Center in St. Paul.

The Minnesota Governor’s Cup, a large silver ice bucket, recognizes the “Best of Show” or top prize of all Minnesota gold-winning wines. This is fourth year the traveling trophy has been awarded.

The Four Daughters 2011 La Crescent also won the “Best of Show” award for the top white wine. Other “Best of Show” awards went to the Shelburne Vineyard, Shelburne, Vt., for its 2010 Marquette Reserve, as best red wine and to the Danzinger Vineyards, Alma, Wis., for its Midnight Voyage Dessert Red Wine, for best specialty/fortified wine.

This year’s competition included more than 325 wines from commercial wineries in 12 states and Canada. Awards were based on blind tastings by 21 expert judges, who include wine writers, restaurateurs, retailers and wine educators. Three-judge panels determined the initial awards, with the top-scoring Best of Show wines evaluated by seven-judge panels and all 21 judges for the Minnesota Governor’s Cup award.

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. It is coordinated by Gordon Rouse, AWS Certified Judge, of the Minnesota Grape Growers Association (MGGA); Gary Gardner, professor of horticultural science in the university’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences; Katie Cook, University of Minnesota enologist; and Kristo Sween of the MGGA.

The competition is open to commercial wineries meeting the criteria for cold-hardy grape or fruit content. In 2012, a total of 2 Double Gold, 20 Gold, 61 Silver, and 79 Bronze medals were awarded. In addition, “Best of Show” designations were awarded to wines rated as the finest in various areas. Double Gold medals require unanimity among a panel’s judges that a wine deserves a Gold medal, whereas Gold medals require a majority vote.

In addition to the University of Minnesota and the MGGA, the ICCWC was made possible with the financial support of the Minnesota Farm Winery Association, Minnesota Wines at the Fair, the Minneapolis Commons Hotel, MDT & Associates, WineWare Software, and Double A Vineyards, Inc.

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