Gewurz From Ferrante Is State’s Best


GENEVA-ON-THE-LAKE — A Northeast Ohio Gewurztraminer was crowned the top wine in the recently completed 2019 Ohio Wine Competition.

Ferrante Winery of Geneva was awarded the competition’s overall Best of Show for its 2017 Grand River Valley Gewurtztraminer. The wine also received Best of Ohio recognition, a designation given to Best of Show wines made from a minimum of 90 percent Ohio-grown grapes.

Six other wines were named Best of Show, including Ferrante’s 2017 Signature Series Riesling, Best of Show/Best of Ohio White Wine. Cincinnati’s Vinoklet Winery also had two top wines, “Sweet Jackie” blackberry, Best of Show Fruit/Specialty Wine, and “Passion” blueberry, Best of Show Dessert Wine.

Rounding out the “Bests” were Laurentia Vineyards and Winery Estate (Madison) Cabernet Sauvignon Stoltz Block, Best of Show/Best of Ohio Red Wine; Gervasi Vineyards (Canton) “Sognata” Vidal Blanc Ice Wine, Best of Show/Best of Ohio Ice Wine; and Heineman Winery (Put-in-Bay) Pink Catawba, Best of Show Blush/Rose Wine.

A total of 288 Ohio wines were tasted during the competition May 14-15 at the Kent State University Ashtabula Campus. Judges awarded 218 medals, including 27 concordance gold, which goes to a wine deemed a gold medal winner by all judges, as well as 32 gold, 93 silver and 66 bronze.

The only “Best” wine not receiving concordance gold was Heineman’s Pink Catawba, which received a gold medal.

Other concordance gold winners were Brietenbach Wine Cellars (Dover) Frost Fire; CLE Urban Winery (Cleveland Heights) C-Town Cabernet Sauvignon, Drawbridge Pinot Noir and Hometown Heroes Peach Chardonnay; D&D Smith Winery (Norwalk) Hillbilly Watermelon; Ferrante Vidal Blanc; Fulton Grove Winery (Cincinnati) Cuvee II; Gervasi Moscato; Henke Winery (Cincinnati) Chardonnay; Laurentia 2018 Estate Clone 90 Riesling and 2017 Estate Pinot Noir; L’uva Bella Winery (Lowellville) Purple Rain: Concord and Purple Rain: Tri-Blend; Maize Valley Winery (Hartville) Sinfully White and Red Neck Red; Matus Winery (Wakeman) Pear; Meier’s Wine Cellar (Cincinnati) #44 Cream Sherry; The Vineyard at Pine Lake (Columbiana) Riesling; ThornCreek Winery and Gardens (Aurora) Pinot Grigio; Vinoklet Vinoklet’s Ice Wine; and White Shutter Winery & Brewery (Nevada) Porch Swing.

Gold medal winners were Brandenberry Winery (Enon) Vidal Blanc Semidry, Berry Monster, Black Dog and Sweet Mingo; CLE Urban Cedar Lee Chardonnay and Murray Hill Pinot Grigio; D&D Smith Due Vino Miscela; Debonne Vineyards Moscato-Riesling; Ferrante Reserve Chardonnay, Gruner Veltliner and Pinot Noir Reserve; Fulton Grove Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cotes du Grove, Cuvee and Vidal; Gervasi Lascito; Heineman White Riesling; Henke Norton; Kosicek Vineyards (Geneva) Dam White; Lil Paws Winery (Lake Milton) Smokey; Maize Valley Apple Pie; Na zdravie Vineyard and Winery (Kingston) Corot Noir; Olde Schoolhouse Vineyard & Winery (Eaton) Bad Ass Berry; The Vineyard at Pine Lake Vineyards White; The Winery at Versailles (Versailles) Olde Fort Port; ThornCreek Riesling; Vinoklet Tears of Joy and Inspiration; Weymouth Winery (Hinckley) The New Black; and White Shutter Blues Man.

The competition was directed by Todd Steiner of Ohio State University’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center and coordinated by Lori Lalak Lee and Ed Trebets, both of Kent State University Ashtabula. Judges were Ken Bement of Wet Your Whistle Shop in Madison; David Bowers of Surrey Community College and Surry Cellars in Winston-Salem, N.C.; Kim Doty of French Lick Winery in French Lick, Ind.; Brian Fife of World of Wines & Liquor in Mentor; Mark Fisher of Cox Media Group in Dayton; Ron Graff Jr. of Columbiana Foods in Youngstown; Chris Stamp of Lakewood Wine Vineyards in Watkins Glen. N.Y.; and Dr. Renee Threlfall of University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark.