Pinnacle Ridge Winery Wins in Finger Lakes Competition
Upstate New York is renowned around the world for its wine industry. Every year a panel of judges convenes in nearby Rochester to judge wines both local and international. In 2015, the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition welcomed over 3700 entries from 23 countries, including 48 of the United States. The judges include master sommeliers, viticulturists, and wine writers from around the world. All wines are blind-judged, each glass marked only by a number; this ensures the judges’ complete objectivity in tasting.
Pinnacle Ridge Winery, a local boutique space in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, has historically performed well in this event. Last year they took home 13 awards, including a Double Gold for their 2014 Riesling. Now the staff at Pinnacle Ridge is proud to announce that of the 16 wines entered into the 2016 competition, all have returned with a medal. Silver winners include: Naked Chardonnay, Traminette, Gruner Veltliner, Cuvee Chardonnay, Vidal Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Brut Rose, Blanc de Blanc, Veritas, Merlot, Riesling, and Late Harvest Vidal Blanc. Taking home the Bronze this year are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Chambourcin Reserve, and Dry Vidal Blanc.
The past few years have seen Pennsylvania wine production consistently growing in both its economic draw and its importance to the state. This is an industry which blends the fields of Agriculture and Tourism into one lucrative, appealing asset. Pinnacle Ridge is located in the heart of idyllic “Pennsylvania Dutch Country,” a region with centuries of agriculture and culinary arts to its name. In 1993, Dr. Brad Knapp established the winery, housed in a beautifully renovated Pennsylvania bank barn which dates back to 1851. Its thick stone foundation provides cool, stable temperatures year-round: ideal conditions for the production and aging of wine. At Pinnacle Ridge only locally grown grapes are used to make their portfolio of sparkling and table wines. The vineyards are located on shale-filled hillsides, which aid in the cultivation of a small, high quality crop. Pinnacle Ridge is a three-time recipient of the PA Farm Show Governor’s Cup and PA Wine Society Wine Excellence Award.