Kentucky wines once again proved their exceptional quality on an international stage in Purdue, Ind.
Kentucky wineries took home 38 medals, including one double gold, four gold, 18 silver and 15 bronze, from the 2013 Indy International Wine Competition. 2,300 entries from 39 states and 14 countries were evaluated in one of the nation’s largest and most prestigious wine competitions.
“Lauren’s Blackberry” from Paducah’s Purple Toad Winery received a double gold, as well as the distinguished honor of Best of Class in the Blackberry Fruit Wine category. Each judge in the panel must individually award a wine a gold medal in order to receive a double gold. Purple Toad also received a gold medal for their “Black Shadow,” a Merlot/blackberry blend, as well as three silver medals and three bronze medals.
Eddy Grove Vineyard, of Princeton, received a gold medal for their “Fireside Red,” a full-bodied red wine produced from the Norton grape. Wildside Winery and Grimes Mill, both Central Kentucky wineries, were also awarded gold medals at Indy – Wildside for their Seyval Blanc, a crisp dry white, and Grimes Mill for their “Ca ‘DeSimone Reserve,” a richly complex red wine produced primarily from Cabernet Sauvignon blended with a small percentage of Malbec.
Other Kentucky wineries and vineyards earning medals at the annual Indiana competition were Baker-Bird Winery, Augusta; Black Barn Winery, Lexington; MillaNova Winery, Mt. Washington; Misty Meadow Winery, Owensboro; Talon Winery & Vineyard, Lexington; and Wight-Meyer Vineyard & Winery, Shepherdsville.
The Indy International Wine Competition bills itself as the largest scientifically organized and independent wine competition in the U.S. Judges were drawn from an industry spectrum of wine writers, winemakers, winegrowers, enologists, chefs, sommeliers, wine distributors, retailers and consumers.