THOMAS JEFFERSON EVENT AWARDS ROOSTER HILL WINES

PENN YAN, NY (Friday, Nov. 30) ­ Thomas Jefferson would be proud. Four wines from Rooster Hill Vineyards won recognition at a recent competition named for the nation¹s third president.

 

Rooster Hill¹s 2010 Dry Riesling was chosen as a Jefferson Cup nominee at the 13th annual Jefferson Cup Invitational, held Nov. 15 and 16 in Kansas City, Mo.  Rooster Hill¹s 2011 Dry Riesling and 2010 Estate Lemberger were each awarded Medals of American Excellence. The winery¹s 2011 Estate Medium-Sweet Riesling won a Medal of American Merit.

 

 The Jefferson Cup Invitational is a different sort of wine competition, in that it is an invitational in which more than 700 wines are pre-selected because they exemplify viticulture and winemaking in America, according to the competition¹s website.

 

The event does not award Gold Medals, Silver Medals and the like. Rather, the invited wines have all proven their excellence in competitions and tastings throughout the past year, the release said, adding: ³We believe and try to publicize our belief that these are wines that are extremely deserving of the nation¹s attention.²

 

The Medal of American Excellence is roughly equivalent to a Gold Medal and the Medal of American Merit is equivalent to a Silver Medal.

 

³It¹s gratifying to see our wines to receive this recognition at an event that includes entries from all of the nation¹s wine regions,² said Rooster Hill Winemaker Barry Tortolon.

 

Rooster Hill¹s 2010 Dry Riesling was among 79 Jefferson Cup nominees at this year¹s event. Twenty-nine of the wines received Jefferson Cups. The 2011 Dry Riesling and 2010 Estate Lemberger were among 160 wines winning Medals of American Excellence. The 2011 Estate Medium-Sweet Riesling was among about

300 Medals of American Merit.

 

The Jefferson Cup Invitational was founded by Doug Frost, a Master Sommelier and Master of Wine who is also the director of the competition.

 

 ³While many may know him from his well-chronicled political role, most Americans have no idea just how influential Jefferson was in the way we eat and drink and live today,² Frost said of Jefferson. ³To call Mr. Jefferson ahead of his time where food and wine are concerned is the ultimate understatement. Mr. Jefferson was growing grapes that did not really come into vogue in this country until 20 years ago!²

 

Jefferson was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and was president of the United States from 1801 to 1809.

 

The competition also is a fundraiser for Angel Flight Central, a charity that supports private pilots offering travel to people in medical emergencies. The event raised more than $100,000 for Angel Flight Central this year.

 

Rooster Hill Vineyards is at 489 Route 54 on the east side of Keuka Lake near Penn Yan. It has been cited by the wine press for the quality of its wines and has won hundreds of medals. For details, call (315) 536-4773, e-mail info@roosterhill.com or visit the Web site: www.roosterhill.com.

 

Rooster Hill is in the heart of Finger Lakes Wine Country in upstate New York. Finger Lakes Wine Country is the largest concentration of wineries east of California, boasting more than 100 wineries producing world-class wine. For more about the region, go to: www.fingerlakeswinecountry.com.

 

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ROOSTER HILL VINEYARDS

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CONTACT: AMY HOFFMAN

PHONE: (315) 536-4773

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