2017 Medal Winners

August 11, 2017

SECOND “DRINK OUTSIDE THE GRAPE” COMPETITION ANNOUNCES MEDALS, BEST OF CATEGORY WINNERS

Charlottesville, VA–The second annual “Drink Outside the Grape” competition with 145 entries, a 45% increase over the first year, took place in Charlottesville, VA on August 9, resulting in 95 medals for fruit wines, meads, ciders and fruit brandies.

Drink Outside the Grape is a truly international competition, with entries from 15 U.S. states, ranging from Alaska and the Pacific Northwest to Florida and New Hampshire; seven provinces of Canada, Estonia and India.

Best of Category awards were: for Cider, Kaneb Orchards (NY) Cranberry Crisp; for fruit wine, Flickerwood Wine Cellars (PA) Bruises; for mead, Laurel Highlands Meadery (PA) Chambourcin Pyment; for eaux-de-vie or fruit brandies, Ironworks Distillery (Nova Scotia) pear eau-de-vie.

Beverages in these categories are often misunderstood or not given the same respect as is given to traditional table wines,” explains Richard Leahy, Competition Chair and Conference Manager of the Eastern Winery Exposition. “Drink Outside the Grape gives fruit wine, mead, cider and fruit brandies a place where they can be judged fairly without being compared to traditional grape-based table wines. The growth in entries since last year shows that producers of these beverages want to get the word out about the good products they’re making.

The competition was judged by industry professionals from a variety of specialties and wine and beverage writers. Two judges have authored books on fruit wine production and one has patented a dozen briar fruit varieties through the University of Western Maryland.
Complete medal results and judge biographies are available at www.drinkoutsidethegrape.com.

2017 DOTG MEDAL WINNERS (alpha by category name and medal level)

Company Name Entry Name Retail Price Size   (if not 750 ml) Residual Sugar % ABV (%) Country Medal Best of Category
CIDER
Kaneb Orchards Cranberry Crisp $14.00 3.70 5 U.S. Double Gold Cider
Castle Hill Cider Levity $20.00 0.00 6.3 U.S. Silver
Chain Yard Cider Inc Intreprid $4.99 473 ml can 1.35 6 Canada Silver
Chain Yard Cider Inc Foundation $4.99 473ml can 1.80 6.3 Canada Silver
Castle Hill Cider Serendipity $12.99 500 2.30 5.8 U.S. Silver
Seattle Cider Company Berry $11 16oz 1.80 6.9 U.S. Silver
Seattle Cider Company City Fruit 500ml 1.00 6.3 U.S. Bronze
SCOW Craft Cider $4.10 500ml 1.20 5.5 Canada Bronze
Seattle Cider Company Washington Heirloom $12 500ml 1.20 6.9 U.S. Bronze
Chain Yard Cider Inc Intreprid $4.99 473 ml can 1.35 6 Canada Bronze
Chain Yard Cider Inc Ginx $9.00 473 ml can 0.38 9.8 Canada Bronze
Howling Moon Craft Cider Cucumber Mint $8.00 500ml 0.70 6.0 Canada Bronze
Seattle Cider Company Gin Botanical $12 1.80 6.5 U.S. Bronze
Seattle Cider Company Gravenstein Rosé $12 500ml 0.75 6.9 U.S. Bronze
Seattle Cider Company Winesap Rosé $12 500ml 1.00 6 U.S. Bronze
Chain Yard Cider Inc Kings R Wild $8.99 473ml 1.56 7.5 Canada Bronze
Honeywood Winery apple & blackberry $12.00 4.00 11 U.S. Bronze
FRUIT WINE
Flickerwood Wine Cellars bruises $19.95 5+ U.S. Double Gold Fruit Wine
Satek Winery Autumn Classic $10.99 3.00 10 U.S. Gold
Flickerwood Wine Cellars strawberry fields $19.95 5+ U.S. Gold
Flickerwood Wine Cellars pineapple girl $19.95 5+ U.S. Gold
Island Grove Wine Company Sunshine State White Sangria $20.00 6.10 9 U.S. Gold
King’s Court Estate Winery Wild Blueberry Fruit Wine $21.95 375 0.58 11.5 Canada Silver
Russell Orchards Farm and Winery Wild Blueberry $18.00 1.30 7 U.S. Silver
Glacier Bear raspberry $27.00 3.00 11.5 U.S. Silver
Honeywood Winery $12.00 4.00 11 U.S. Silver
Satek Winery Blackberry $13.49 8.00 10 U.S. Silver
Texas Southwind Vineyard & Winery blackberry $21.00 10.50 11 U.S. Silver
Texas Southwind Vineyard & Winery cranberry $18.95 10.40 10 U.S. Silver
Monte Creek Ranch Winery Haskap $29.99 375 1.70 11.5 Canada Silver
Canada Berries Enterprises Ltd. Blue Queen Gold $41.00 500ml 3.00 11 Canada Silver
Valgejõe Veinivilla Valgejõe Valge 9,2 euros 750 ml 3.00 10.5 Estonia Silver
Flickerwood Wine Cellars flickerberry dew $19.95 5+ U.S. Silver
Schnabeltier Rentschler Rhubarb $14.00 3.00 10 U.S. Silver
Island Grove Wine Company Sunshine State Berry Sangria $12.00 6.00 11 U.S. Silver
Westport Winery Courage $12.00 8.00 8 U.S. Silver
Island Grove Wine Company Blueberry Moscato $12.99 8.50 11.1 U.S. Silver
Montezuma Winery Ice Apple Cider $24.99 375ml 15.30 10.2 U.S. Silver
Aaronap Cellars Forest Gold Maple Wine $27.00 375mL 18.00 13 U.S. Silver
Satek Winery Raspberry $18.49 8.00 10 U.S. Silver
Montezuma Winery Blue Moon $12.99 9.00 11.6 U.S. Silver
Fruzzante Chikoo Fruzzante $4.00 330 ml 1.02 7.2 India Silver
Maquam Pear $14.00  0.9  13 U.S. Silver
Maquam Black Currant $15.00 1.00 13 U.S.  Bronze
Paradise Hills Vineyard & Winery temptation $16.00 0.75 11.5 U.S. Bronze
Russell Orchards Farm and Winery Baldwin Apple $13.00 1.00 7 U.S. Bronze
Russell Orchards Farm and Winery Pink Lady Apple $19.00 500 ml 1.50 7 U.S. Bronze
Montezuma Winery Pear Perfection $11.99 5.00 11.2 U.S. Bronze
Flickerwood Wine Cellars pear $17.95 5+ U.S. Bronze
 Ripples Winery  2015 Intemperance $24.95 0 12.5 Canada Bronze
Alfalfa Farm Winery Alfalfa Farm Blueberry $18.00 0.01 11 U.S. Bronze
Schnabeltier Bruce Lake Blueberry $14.00 1.00 8 U.S. Bronze
Russell Orchards Farm and Winery Raspberry $18.00 1.01 7 U.S. Bronze
Satek Winery Manzana $12.99 500 ML 3.00 10 U.S. Bronze
Westport Winery Mercy $20.00 4.07 9 U.S. Bronze
Glacier Bear strawberry $27.00 4.00 11.3 U.S. Bronze
Alfalfa Farm Winery  Cranberry $18.00 0.01 11 U.S. Bronze
Flickerwood Wine Cellars cranberry $19.95 5+ U.S. Bronze
Montezuma Winery Cranberry Bog $12.99 13.00 10.1 U.S. Bronze
Canada Berries Enterprises Ltd. Blue King Blueberry Merlot $43.00 500ml 0.00 12 Canada Bronze
Hermit Woods Winery winnipesaukee rose $24.95 2.50 12.6 U.S. Bronze
Copper Beech Winery Massabesic Rose’ $16.00 4.00 12 U.S. Bronze
Copper Beech Winery Caliente $14.00 375 1.00 12 U.S. Bronze
Montezuma Winery Dragonfly $12.99 8.5% 11.1 U.S. Bronze
Honeywood Winery Black Forest $31.00 6.30 9.7 U.S. Bronze
Westport Winery Red Sky $31.00 6.3 9.7 U.S. Bronze
Satek Winery Kreibaum Bay Framboesa $24.99 375 7.00 18 U.S. Bronze
Big Cork Vineyards Black Cap Port $46.00 375 ml 10.00 U.S. Bronze
Ursan Meadery Sweet Maple Wine $19.95 500 4.40 10 Canada Bronze
Satek Winery Mango Mania $15.99 6.00 10 U.S. Bronze
Montezuma Winery Pink Swan $13.99 8.00 10.5 U.S. Bronze
Westport Winery Rapture $28.00 11.80 9.7 U.S. Bronze
Auk Island Winery Outport $16.00 375 ml 17.00 Canada Bronze
MEAD
Laurel Highlands Meadery Chambourcin Pyment $18.00 semi-sweet; ~4 13.5 U.S. Gold Mead
Island Honey Wine Co. Nectar Sweet $25.00 CAD 0.98 12.5 Canada Silver
Prairie Bee Meadery Haskap Haven 2017 25.00 CAD 1.10 12.5 Canada Silver
Ursan Meadery Traditional Sweet Mead $19.95 CAD 3.50 10 Canada Silver
Blacksnake Meadery Summer Lea $18.00 2.00 13 U.S. Silver
Ursan Meadery Baklava Metheglin Sweet Mead $19.95 CAD 3.50 10 Canada Silver
Haymaker Meadery Greta Bea $13 375 semi-sweet 13 U.S. Silver
Haymaker Meadery Coco-Calypso $19 500ml semi-sweet 12 U.S. Silver
Honeywood Winery mead $18.00 semi-sweet; ~4% 13.5 Silver
Charm City Meadworks Elderberry $3 12oz can 1.00 6.9 U.S. Bronze
Island Honey Wine Co. Haskap Mead $24.95 500 ml 2.50 11.6 Canada Bronze
Black Willow Winery Valkyrie’s Lure $18.95 3.00 12 U.S. Bronze
Island Honey Wine Co. Wildflower Honey Mead $24.95 500 0.96 11.6 Canada Bronze
Prairie Bee Meadery Cherry Charm 25.00 CAD 11 12.5 Canada Bronze
Black Willow Winery Odin’s Nectar $17.95 3.00 12 U.S. Bronze
Laurel Highlands Meadery Traditional Mead $17.00 semi-sweet; ~4 13.5 U.S. Bronze
Laurel Highlands Meadery Cinnamon-Vanilla $18.00 semi-sweet; ~4 13.5 U.S. Bronze
Laurel Highlands Meadery Ginger Mead $18.00 semi-sweet; ~4 13.5 U.S. Bronze
EAUX-DE-VIE
Ironworks Distillery Inc. Pear Eau De Vie $35.00 375 ml 0.00 Canada Gold Distilled
Montdomaine Chardonnay grappa $42.19 375 ML 0.00 US Gold
Fiore Winery & Distillery Apple Brandy $25.00 0.00 US Gold
Montezuma Winery Hidden Marsh Distillery Queens Flight $28.99 375 ml 0.00 45 US Gold
Ironworks Distillery Inc. Marc (Muscat ) $40.00 375ml 0.00 40 Canada Silver
Fiore Winery & Distillery Limoncello $20.00 0 26 U.S. Silver
Ironworks Distillery Inc.  Marc $40.00 375 ml 0.00 42 Canada Bronze
Ironworks Distillery Inc. Apple Brandy $38.00 500ml 0.00 40 Canada Bronze