2021 NC Fine Wines Competition Results Announced
Winston-Salem, NC, April 30, 2021 — The Fifth Annual NC Fine Wines Competition results were announced tonight via Zoom with people from across the state and around the world. Due to COVID-19 concerns the Awards Ceremony, which is usually held in Winston-Salem as a Formal Black Tie Gala, was more casual and comfortable as guests sipped their favorite North Carolina Wines in the comfort of their homes.
The competition is seen as the toughest state competition in the country. One of the main reasons is the requirement for 100% NC Grown and Vinified Vinifera or Hybrid Grapes. This really helps people to discover the terroir and wines of North Carolina.
The Awards Ceremony included a speech from the NC Fine Wines President Jay Raffaldini, who spoke about the trajectory of the North Carolina Fine Wines Industry. “The industry continues to have enormous growth across the state of North Carolina. We now have six approved American Viticultural Areas that each has special qualities for grape growth. It’s exciting because it is still a young industry here, and has such a bright future.”
Max Kast, Master Sommelier from the Guild Of Master Sommeliers and a judge in the competition, talked about significant increase in the quality in the wines. He mentioned that several grape varietals are indeed doing very well in North Carolina. He specifically called out Petit Verdot, Petit Manseng, Albariño, Tannat, Cabernet Franc, Cynthiana, and Traminette just to name a few.
In 2021, the Best White and Best Dessert/Port tied for Best in Show. Also, there was a category tie win for Best Sparkling. So this case is 13 bottles strong.
*Best in Show (tied)
*Jones von Drehle Vineyards & Winery – Viognier 2019 (Best in White)
*Windsor Run Cellars – Midnight Run Grand Reserve 2012 (Best Dessert/Port)
JOLO Winery & Vineyards – Crimson Creek 2019 (Best Hybrid)
Marked Tree Vineyard – Bubble Swarm (Best Sparkling Tied)
Surry Labs – Traminette Pet Nat 2019 (Best Sparkling Tied)
Jones von Drehle Vineyards & Winery – Steel & Stone 2017 (Best Red)
Marked Tree Vineyard – 2020 Chloe Rose (Best Rose)
Silver Fork Winery – Four Dog Red (ShowCase Wine)
Haze Gray Vineyards – Two Bells 2018 (ShowCase Wine)
Shelton Vineyards – 20th Anniversary Red 2017 (ShowCase Wine)
JOLO Winery & Vineyards – Golden Hallows 2020 (ShowCase Wine)
Stone Ashe Vineyards – Sauvignon Blanc 2020 (ShowCase wine)
Grandfather Vineyard & Winery – Provenance Rose 2020 (ShowCase Wine)
“This is by far the strongest showing of wines that we’ve had in our five years,” said Dan McLaughlin who helps to run the competition. “2019 provided one of the best weather years for the wine industry in North Carolina. Many of those wines are still in the barrel or tanks and will be coming out in the near future, so the anticipation of those wines is enormous!”
The organization is hoping to see everyone back in 2022 in person and dressed to the nines to celebrate their life in a post COVID Gala Celebration. This year’s case really hit it out of the ballpark – all 13 wines were the top scoring wines in the competition.
|North Carolina Fine Wines Competition|
P.O. Box 20112
Winston-Salem, NC 27120-0112
11/19/2020: Haze Gray Vineyards was featured in a segment on Fox8 News called Made in NC. In case you missed it, here is a link. Thanks to Brad Jones for such a nice video!!
11/11/2020: HAZE GRAY VINEYARDS RECEIVES 2020 HIRE VETS MEDALLION AWARD FROM U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
10 November 2020 – U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia recognized Haze Gray Vineyards as one of the 675 recipients of the 2020 HIRE Vets Medallion Award during an award ceremony at the U.S. Department of Labor. Haze Gray Vineyards earned the GOLD Award after applying earlier this year. The Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act (HIRE Vets Act) Medallion Program is the only federal award program that recognizes job creators who successfully recruit, hire, and retain veterans.
Haze Gray Vineyards joins 674 other companies from 49 states, plus the District of Columbia, who have shown a commitment to hiring veterans, but also ensuring that they have a long-term career and growth plan that uses the diverse skills they acquired through their military service.
The HIRE Vets Medallion Award is based on a number of criteria, ranging from veteran hiring and retention to providing veteran-specific resources, leadership programming, dedicated human resources, and compensation – with requirements varying for large, medium, and small employers.
“We’re so happy to receive this award for hiring Veterans. Veterans know how to get the job done. Haze Gray Vineyard hired Veterans who are enrolled in the Surry Community College Viticulture and Enology program. We will continue to seek Veterans who want to work in wine industry.,” say Becky Muhlenberg, co-owner.
In addition, Deane and Becky honor Veterans in the tasting room. Haze Gray Vineyards has a picture wall of honor in their tasting room dedicated to those who have served or are serving the United States’ military. “It started with our families, and now includes pictures from friends and our patrons who contributed pictures of their loved ones. We are all a part of the bigger Veteran’s family.” Deane and Becky both grew up in military families. Deane served in the U.S. Navy for 30 years as a flight officer.
Even the name of the vineyard and winery “Haze Gray” gives homage to the Navy Ships that are painted in the haze gray color scheme. The famous phrase “Haze Gray and Underway” references those Navy surface ships that are actively deployed.
In 2015 the 85-acre farm was purchased. In May 2015 the first five acres of grapes were planted. In April 2016 the second phase of the vineyard was planted with an additional four acres. The vineyard produced a small harvest in 2017. In August 2018 the winery was completed, and Haze Gray Vineyards was producing their first estate bottled wines.
The tasting room first opened in December 2019. The tasting room is open Thursday through Sunday; or Monday through Wednesday by appointment.
For More information on Haze Gray Vineyards contact Becky Muhlenberg at 336-374-1072. For more information about the HIRE Vets Medallion Award visit HIREVets.gov HireVets.gov/Awardees
11/9/2020 – This weekend we released our new 2019 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay. We premiered the wine at a gathering of our ACE Wine Club Saturday evening. The wine was made available to non-wine club members on Saturday. It is smooth, creamy, buttery mouth feel with hints of butterscotch and coconut.
Coronavirus Statement Update
We understand if you do not want to visit in our tasting room so we will still provide curbside service. If you would like to purchase bottles of wine, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our tasting room at (336) 374-1072 and we will arrange for you to pick up wine curbside at the tasting room. Thank you for your support during this time. Stay safe and healthy. Becky and Deane