Local Wines Win 2013 International Wine Competition

Friday, August 9, 2013

Tennessee just made global news for its award winning wines.

Tennessee wineries took home 21 medals from the recent Indy International Wine Competition at Purdue University, one of the nation's largest wine competitions.

The West Lafayette, IN event attracted more than 2,300 wines from 39 states and 14 countries as far away as France, Australia, Chile and Greece. The wines were judged by 44 international experts in a completely blind taste competition based on appearance, aroma, taste and aftertaste.

For its port wine, “Apropos,” Beans Creek Winery in Manchester was awarded a prestigious Double Gold Medal, meaning that every one of the 44 judges at the event voted for that wine to receive a gold medal.

The Indy is the largest scientifically-organized and independent wine competition in the United States, which is the world's largest wine market. The competition is closely watched by wine writers, winemakers, winegrowers and enologists, chefs and sommeliers, wine distributors and retailers.

Arrington Vineyards near Franklin took gold medals for its 2010 Merlot, 2012 Noiret Chambourcin and 2012 Viognier. Beachaven Vineyards & Winery in Clarksville also won gold for its 2012 Chardonnay.

Amber Falls Winery & Cellars, in Hampshire, won silver medals for its 2012 Cottage Rose and 2012 Romance blends. Arrington’s 2010 Syrah, 2011 Vidal Blanc Chardonnay, 2012 Chardonel Barrel Reserve and 2012 Riesling also took silvers. Beachaven Vineyards & Winery was awarded a silver medal for a 2011 Chambourcin, Beans Creek Winery won a silver medal for its Sparkling Strawberry, and Eagle Springs Winery in Kodak won silver medals for its Honeymoon and Nectar wines.

Bronze medals went to Beachaven Vineyards & Winery for both 2012 Blackberry and Cynthiana varietals, while Arrington Vineyards got a bronze award for a 2012 Chardonnay. A Beans Creek Winery Chardonel also took home bronze, as did Eagle Springs Winery’s 2012 Pride of the South, Screaming Apricot and Wildfire wines.

For more information about Tennessee wines and wineries, contact Tennessee Department of Agriculture viticulture marketing specialist Tammy Algood at tammy.algood@tn.gov. For a directory of Tennessee wineries, wine trails, and recipes paired with or using Tennessee wines, visit www.picktnproducts.org.

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