Winery earns top honors for white wine

Published 7:04 am Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Four Daughter’s Vineyard & Winery recently won the award for “Best Off Dry White” for its LaCrescent wine. Photo provided

Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery in Spring Valley is making a habit out of hanging awards on the wall. The months-old business, which earned an award for best metal building design in April, has now earned “Best Off Dry White” for its LaCrescent wine.

“I entered this competition because I saw some of my highly respected peers competing in it,” Winemaker Justin Osborne said. “To win this award in our first ever competition, in a category that surely had the most entries, is exciting and humbling.”

No other Minnesota wine had received an honor this high in the competition until this year. Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery entered eight wines into the competition, which all received awards.

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The Mid-American Wine Competition awards best wines in eight different categories that stand out among the competition. Hundreds of wines from 16 states were entered.

The 2012 Mid-American Wine Competition was held July 13 through 15, in Iowa, and focused only on the wines of the Midwest. The competition is open to commercial wineries from Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

Judges tested for flavor, terroir and balance. The panel nominated their favorite gold medal wines for the awards. The chief judge is a noted wine expert and veteran wine judge, as well as one of only three people in the world to earn the title of both Master of Wine and Master Sommelier.

The LaCrescent is described as light, acidic and refreshing, with intense grapefruit flavor. It quickly became a favorite at Four Daughters and has remained a best seller since its release, according to the winery’s owners.