Top Ohio wines are recognized by agriculture director
The Ohio agriculture director has honored the state’s top wines as evaluated by a panel of judges in an annual event.
Agriculture Director David Daniels announced the Director’s Choice recipients last week at a Statehouse event for retailers, distributors, restaurateurs and winery owners. The judges evaluated nearly 20 wines.
The recipients are eligible for the Ohio Quality Wine designation, which was created in 2007 by the Ohio Grape Industries Committee and is assigned to wines made from at least 90 percent Ohio-grown grapes.
The Ohio Grape Industries Committee is housed at the Ohio Department of Agriculture. It helps wineries market their top-quality wines against California and European wines.
The 2018 award recipients are:
Best White Wine:
2016 Riesling Reserve Debonné Vineyards, Lake County
Best Red Wine:
2015 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Meranda-Nixon Winery, Brown County
2014 Vin de Rouge Henke Winery, Hamilton County
Best Dessert Wine:
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Ice Wine Kosicek Vineyards, Ashtabula County
All of the Director’s Choice award recipients are eligible for the Ohio Quality Wine designation. It was created in 2007 by the Ohio Grape Industries Committee and is assigned to wines made from at least 90 percent Ohio-grown grapes. These wines must also achieve at least 15 of 20 points on a sensory evaluation and pass a chemical analysis before receiving the quality seal.
In a separate ceremony, several Ohio wines were honored at the 2018 Ohio Wine Competition held May 8-9 at the Lodge at Geneva in Ashtabula County and conducted by Kent State University Ashtabula.
Overall Best of Show – Maize Valley Riesling; Best of Show Sparkling Wine – Meier’s Reiém Spumante; Best of Show White Wine – 2017 Ferrante Signature Series Pinot Grigio; Best of Show Red Wine – 2015 Fulton Grove Winery Syrah; Best of Show Blush Wine – Doughty Glen Laughing Blush; Best of Show Fruit Wine – Vinoklet Sweet Jackie; Best of Show Dessert Wine – 2016 Ferrante Vidal Blanc Ice Wine.
The Ohio Grape Industries Committee is housed at the Ohio Department of Agriculture and provides wineries a means to market their top-quality wines against well-known California and European wines. To learn more about the program or for a complete list of Ohio Quality Wines, visit www.findohiowines.com.