|Posted on May 2, 2014 at 1:55 AM|
Tongue River Winery showed very well this spring at two important competitions:
Gold and two Silver medals at the Finger Lakes International in New York;
Gold and several more medals, as yet to be announced, at the Northwest Wine Summit in Oregon.
The two silver awards at Finger Lakes were both hybrid grape wines. The Gold Medal from Oregon was hybrid grape wine, La Crescent. This is a white wine with moscatto flavors and aromas, having Muscat Hamburg as one of its grandparents.
The importance of these hybrid wine wins, especially at the Northwest Wine Summit, is that they were entered in a competition hugely dominated by European grapes, the Vitis vinifera grapes like Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet, Merlot, etc. For us to win any medals with judges used to tasting almost nothing but vinifera wines just goes to show that Hybrids can make not just good, but medal-winning wines.
This is important to us at Tongue River Winery, because that's the kind of grapes that will grow here and in the adjacent states. If we want to make wines that represent our area, then we want to use hybrids, and fruit wines. BUT WE DO WANT THEM TO BE GREAT WINES! And we don't use no west coast grapes!
So when you taste our wines, don't expect them to be very similar to the vinifera wines with the names you already know. Enjoy them for their own unique flavor, and you're sure to find some you like!
Categories: IN THE WINERY