Tonight on Capitol Hill, the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association
awarded its Best of Show and Best of Category awards to winners of the
4th annual Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition. In the photo below,
Gordon Murchie, president emeritus of the association, prepares to make
the presentation along with Rep. George Radanovich (R-CA) and Rep. Mike
Thompson (D-CA), co-founders of the Congressional Wine Caucus (which
boasts 250 members and is the largest caucus in Congress).
I blogged about the winner, Newport Vineyards 2007 Riesling
from Rhode Island, in July. Tonight’s reception gave me an opportunity
to taste a number of gold and silver medal winners – with labels visible
and no pressure to rate the wines.
My faves? I was impressed by
the Doukenie Merlot and Sunset Hills Reserve Cabernet Franc from
Virginia, and the 2007 Ring of Fire Red, a Petit Verdot-based blend from
McRitchie Vineyards in North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley. The Black Ankle
2006 Crumbling Rock Bordeaux blend, which I featured in my August column
in Washingtonian magazine, was also showing extremely well.
high quality of these winning wines shows the impressive improvement in
winemaking along the East Coast. These wines are not novelties
anymore. They deserve to be taken seriously as wines – as American
wines, with their own expression, style and terroir.