• North Country newcomers gold on ice

28 Aug

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — A pair of North Country wineries earned gold for New York in the recent International Cold Climate Wine Competition, held on the University of Minnesota campus.

Coyote Moon Winery’s Brianna and Tug Hill Vineyards’ Whiteout, made from Frontenac grapes, emerged with golds at the competition that emphasizes grape varieties that can withstand severely cold temperatures and still produce quality wines.

The New Yorkers are newcomers to the field. Coyote Moon opened just last year in Clayton, Jefferson County, and Tug Hill just a few months ago in Lowville, Lewis County.

A 2010 Frontenac Rosé wine from Indian Island Winery in Janesville, MN, won the top award, the Minnesota Governor’s Cup that recognizes best in show.

The competition drew more than 250 wines from commercial wineries in 12 states.

The ICCWC is a partnership between the Minnesota Grape Growers Association and the University of Minnesota, which developed several of the cold-hardy grapes used to make the wines in the competition.

Other New York wines that medaled:

Silver: Coyote Moon’s Marquette; Thousand Islands Winery’s La Crescent; Tug Hill’s Marquette.

Coyote Moon’s Island Mama Dry White and La Crescent; Thousand Islands’ Frontenac and Marquette; Tug Hill Vineyards’ 43 Degrees Late Blush and 43 Degrees Late Semi‐Sweet White.

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Posted by on August 28, 2011 in Competition, Wine, Wineries


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