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Hybrid Wine Shows Its Stuff!

Posted on June 14, 2014 at 2:25 PM

This conversation happened at a winery in Oregon about a month ago as two women were on their way from California going east, visiting wineries along the way.

"Don't bother stopping in Montana," the wine steward said to one of his customers. "Their wine is crap!" I know about this because his customer was one of OUR customers two weeks ago. In that spirit I offer the following:

2014 NORTHWEST WINE SUMMIT RESULTS ARE FINALLY IN: Tongue River Winery won the Granite Peak Award for the best Montana wine submitted to the late April 2014 competition in Hood River Oregon for our La Crescent wine, which also won a gold medal. It was one of 89 gold medals from 69 wineries out of a total of 942 wines. It was one of 37 white wines (all the rest European grapes) which won gold medals.

But to really put this in perspective, THIS IS A HYBRID GRAPE! Not a European grape. And it was awarded a gold medal above 138 other white grape wines (not to mention the 341 non-medal winning wines). It out-ranked 853 of the 942 wines entered.

Here's the list of European grapes that won Silvers and Bronze medals. Our La Crescent Gold Medal winner stood out above them all:

25 Pinot gris wines

26 Rieslings

16 Gewurtztraminer wines

10 Sauvignon blanc

28 Chardonnay wines

14 Viognier

18 proprietary white blends.

The significance of this is that La Crescent is a hybrid. The kind of grapes that will grow here. It's tough terrain here: we have harsh winters. We have hot summers. We have high pH soils. We rely on irrigation water which may contain salts and other baddies. We cannot grow vinifera (European grapes) without burying them. But we CAN grow hybrids,(sometimes poo-pooed as second class grapes...e.g. hybrid wines are banned in France). But our hybrid La Crescent outranked 140 other medal-winning wines ALL OF WHICH WERE VINIFERA!

We won 14 medals at the NW Wine Summit:

GOLD: La Crescent

SILVER: Frongria, St. Croix Rosè, Black Currant, Chokecherry

BRONZE: Arancione, Cherry Pie (Gold at Finger lakes), Frontenac Gris (Silver at Finger Lakes), Pretty Wild Plum, Sabrevois Nouveau, Foxy Lady, Perfect Kiss, Rhubarb and Tongue Tied (Silver at Finger Lakes)

HYBRID wines, like La Crescent, Frontenac, Marquette, Frontenac Gris, St Croix have arrived! So who says Montana can't make good wine?!! Check our website at www.tongueriverwinery.com for locations that sell our wine. And remember, we ship to customers in California, Montana and North Dakota. Let us know if you want your state included.

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