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Millner Heritage Little Iza wine takes top honors at cold-climate competition

August 16, 2013

2012 Little Iza wine, made from La Crescent grapes, from Millner Heritage Vineyard and Winery in Kimball, Minnesota, won the coveted Minnesota Governor’s Cup trophy at the 2013 International Cold Climate Wine Competition (ICCWC), held today at the University of Minnesota’s Conference Center in Saint Paul, MN.

The Minnesota Governor’s Cup, a lovely large silver ice bucket, recognizes the "Best of Show" or top prize of all Minnesota gold-winning wines. This is the fifth year the traveling trophy has been awarded.

La Crescent wine from Parallel 44 of Kewaunee Wisconsin won the "Best of Show" award for the top white wine.  Other "Best of Show" awards went to the Shelburne Vineyard, Shelburne Vermont, for the third year in a row for their 2011 Marquette Reserve in the best red category and to the Illinois Sparkling Company, Peru Illinois, with their "Stereo" sparkling wine blend of La Crescent and Frontenac Gris in the best specialty wine category.

This year’s competition included nearly 300 wines from commercial wineries in 12 states and Canada. Awards were based on blind tastings by 21 expert judges, who include wine writers, restaurateurs, retailers and wine educators. Three-judge panels determined the initial awards, with the top-scoring Best of Show wines evaluated by seven-judge panels and all 21 judges for the Minnesota Governor’s Cup award.

The ICCWC is a partnership between the Minnesota Grape Growers Association and the University of Minnesota, which developed several of the cold-hardy grapes used to make the wines in the competition. It is coordinated by Gordon Rouse, AWS Certified Judge, of the Minnesota Grape Growers Association (MGGA), Gary Gardner, Professor of Horticultural Science in the University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, and Katie Cook, University of Minnesota Enologist.  Sponsors include the Minnesota Farm Winery Association and the Ramada Plaza Minneapolis Hotel.

The competition is open to commercial wineries meeting the criteria for cold-hardy grape or fruit content. In 2013, a total of 15 Gold, 55 Silver, and 93 Bronze medals were awarded. In addition, "Best of Show" designations were awarded to wines rated as the finest in various areas. 

 

State

Winery

Wine Name

Category Entered

GOLD

 

IA

Train Wreck Winery

Kate

Specialty: Red - Sweet/Dessert

 

IL

Galena Cellars

Apple Wine

Non-Grape: Apple & Pear

 

IL

Galena Cellars

Illinois Marquette

Single Varietal: Marquette

 

IL

Illinois Sparkling Co.

Dollface Rose

Specialty: Sparkling Grape

 

IL

Illinois Sparkling Co.

Heirloom

Specialty: Sparkling Grape

 

IL

Illinois Sparkling Co.

Stereo

Specialty: Sparkling Grape

 

MN

Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery

MN Marquette Reserve

Single Varietal: Marquette

 

MN

Millner Heritage Vineyard & Winery

Little Iza

Single Varietal: La Crescent

 

MN

Parley Lake Winery

Frontenac Gris

Single Varietal: Frontenac Gris

 

MN

Parley Lake Winery

Marquette Limited Edition

Single Varietal: Marquette

 

MN

Parley Lake Winery

Parley Vu Rose

Single Varietal: Frontenac Gris

 

VT

Shelburne Vineyard

Marquette Reserve

Single Varietal: Marquette

 

WI

Dancing Dragonfly Winery

Ballet

Semi-Sweet White: Single Varietal and Blends

 

WI

Parallel 44

LaCrescent

Single Varietal: La Crescent

 

WI

Wollersheim Winery

Prairie Blush

Blush/Rose: Single Varietal and Blends

SILVER

 

IA

Fireside Winery

LaCrosse

Single Varietal: LaCrosse

 

IA

Train Wreck Winery

Caboose

Specialty: White - Sweet/Late Harvest/Dessert

 

IL

August Hill Winery

Berlyn

Single Varietal: Frontenac

 

IL

August Hill Winery

Hieland Red

Dry Red: Single Varietal and Blends

 

 

Galena Cellars

Eric the Red

Single Varietal: Marechal Foch

 

MI

Leigh's Garden Winery

Old Escanaba

Semi-Sweet Red: Single Varietal and Blends

 

MN

Cannon River Winery

GoGo Red

Semi-Sweet Red: Single Varietal and Blends

 

MN

Cannon River Winery

Sogn Blanc

Semi-Sweet White: Single Varietal and Blends

 

MN

Cannon River Winery

Sogn Blush

Blush/Rose: Single Varietal and Blends

 

MN

Cannon River Winery

St. Pepin

Single Varietal: St. Pepin

 

MN

Carlos Creek Winery

Harvest White

Semi-Sweet White: Single Varietal and Blends

 

MN

Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery

American Marquette

Single Varietal: Marquette

 

MN

Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery

Kasota Rose

Blush/Rose: Single Varietal and Blends

 

MN

Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery

MN Marquette

Single Varietal: Marquette

 

MN

Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery

Brianna

Single Varietal: Brianna

 

MN

Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery

Nude Etude

Single Varietal: Frontenac Gris

 

MN

Garvin Heights Vineyards

GHV Frontenac Rose

Single Varietal: Frontenac Rosé

 

MN

Garvin Heights Vineyards

GHV La Crescent

Single Varietal: La Crescent

 

MN

Hinterland Vineyards and Winery

Frontenac Reserve

Single Varietal: Frontenac

 

MN

Hinterland Vineyards and Winery

LaCrescent

Single Varietal: La Crescent

 

MN

Indian Island Winery

LaCrescent

Single Varietal: La Crescent

 

MN

Indian Island Winery

Maiden Blush

Blush/Rose: Single Varietal and Blends

 

MN

Millner Heritage Vineyard & Winery

Draga

Single Varietal: Marquette

 

MN

Millner Heritage Vineyard & Winery

Salier

Semi-Sweet White: Single Varietal and Blends

 

MN

Painted Prairie Vineyard

Frontenac

Single Varietal: Frontenac

 

MN

Schram Vineyards

Marquette

Single Varietal: Marquette

 

MN

Sovereign Estate Wine

La Crescent

Single Varietal: La Crescent

 

MN

Warehouse Winery

St. Croix

Single Varietal: St. Croix

 

MN

Whispering Oaks Winery

Elegance

Blush/Rose: Single Varietal and Blends

 

MN

Whispering Oaks Winery

La Crescent

Single Varietal: La Crescent

 

NE

Feather River Vineyards

Feather River Winter White

Single Varietal: St. Pepin

 

NE

Glacial Till Vineyard & Winery

Prairie Fire

Specialty: Red- Fortified

 

NE

Mac's Creek Vineyards & Winery

Poncu

Specialty: Red- Fortified

 

NY

Coyote Moon Vineyards

Casa Papa Red

Semi-Sweet Red: Single Varietal and Blends

 

NY

Coyote Moon Vineyards

Island Mama

Dry White: Single Varietal and Blends

 

NY

Coyote Moon Vineyards

Marquette Special Reserve

Dry Red: Single Varietal and Blends

 

NY

Coyote Moon Vineyards

Twisted Sister

Specialty: Red - Sweet/Dessert

 

NY

The Cape Winery

Frontenac

Single Varietal: Frontenac

 

NY

Tug Hill Vineyards

43 Degrees Lat Red

Single Varietal: Marquette

 

NY

Tug Hill Vineyards

Frontenac Gris

Single Varietal: Frontenac Gris

 

QB

CasaBreton inc.

Le Celeste

Non-Grape: Sparkling Fruit

 

QC

Coteau St-Paul

São Paulo

Specialty: White - Fortified

 

QC

Vignoble Le Chat Botte

Red Straw Wine Limited Edition

Specialty: Red - Sweet/Dessert

 

SD

Belle Joli

Marquette

Single Varietal: Marquette

 

SD

Tucker's Walk Vineyard

LaCrescent

Single Varietal: La Crescent

 

VT

East Shore Vineyard

Frontenac Rosé

Single Varietal: Frontenac

 

VT

East Shore Vineyard

Louise Swenson

Dry White: Single Varietal and Blends

 

VT

East Shore Vineyard

Marquette

Single Varietal: Marquette

 

VT

Shelburne Vineyard

Marquette

Single Varietal: Marquette

 

VT

Shelburne Vineyard

Whimsey Meadow Rose

Blush/Rose: Single Varietal and Blends

 

WI

Danzinger Vineyards

King Cranberry

Non-Grape: Fruit/grape blends

 

WI

Danzinger Vineyards

White Velvet

Single Varietal: Frontenac Gris

 

WI

Door 44

M

Semi-Sweet Red: Single Varietal and Blends

 

 

Parallel 44

Rosso

Single Varietal: Marechal Foch

 

WI

Villa Bellezza Winery and Vineyards

Pepin Nouveau

Single Varietal: Frontenac

BRONZE

 

IA

Fireside Winery

Glow

Specialty: White - Sweet/Late Harvest/Dessert

 

IA

Tassel Ridge Winery

Iowa Edelweiss

Single Varietal: Edelweiss

 

IA

Train Wreck Winery

Oak Tie

Single Varietal: Frontenac Gris

 

IA

Train Wreck Winery

Orphan Train

Blush/Rose: Single Varietal and Blends

 

IA

Vine Street Cellars

Blackberry

Non-Grape: Berry

 

IL

Galena Cellars

Cherry Wine

Non-Grape: Stone Fruit

 

IL

Illinois Sparkling Co.

Sparkling Brut

Specialty: Sparkling Grape

 

MI

Leigh's Garden Winery

Bay de Noc Red

Specialty: Red - Sweet/Dessert

 

MI

Leigh's Garden Winery

Marechal Foch

Single Varietal: Marechal Foch

 

MI

Northern Sun Winery

Marquette

Single Varietal: Marquette

 

MN

Burr Vineyards

Chippewa Red

Dry Red: Single Varietal and Blends

 

MN

Cannon River Winery

Winter Ice

Specialty: White - Sweet/Late Harvest/Dessert

 

MN

Carlos Creek Winery

Apple

Non-Grape: Apple & Pear

 

MN

Carlos Creek Winery

Marquette

Single Varietal: Marquette

 

MN

Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery

American Marquette

Single Varietal: Marquette

 

MN

Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery

Marquette Reserve

Single Varietal: Marquette

 

MN

Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery

MN "LOTV" Marquette Reserve

Single Varietal: Marquette

 

MN

Doppeleichen Vineyards

HailStorm

Semi-Sweet White: Single Varietal and Blends

 

MN

Doppeleichen Vineyards

La Crescent

Single Varietal: La Crescent

 

MN

Doppeleichen Vineyards

Marquette

Single Varietal: Marquette

 

MN

Flower Valley Vineyard

Frontenac Gris

Single Varietal: Frontenac Gris

 

MN

Flower Valley Vineyard

La Crescent

Single Varietal: La Crescent

 

MN

Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery

Marechal Foch Rosé

Blush/Rose: Single Varietal and Blends

 

MN

Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery

Marquette - Black Cap

Single Varietal: Marquette

 

MN

Hinterland Vineyards and Winery

Marquette Reserve

Single Varietal: Marquette

 

MN

Indian Island Winery

Frontenac Rose

Single Varietal: Frontenac Rosé

 

MN

Indian Island Winery

Marquette

Single Varietal: Marquette

 

MN

Indian Island Winery

Napin-Nagi

Specialty: Red- Fortified

 

MN

Millner Heritage Vineyard & Winery

Schatzi

Specialty: Sparkling Grape

 

MN

Next Chapter Winery

Velvet Vines

Single Varietal: Marquette

 

MN

Parley Lake Winery

Brianna Breeze

Single Varietal: Brianna

 

MN

Parley Lake Winery

Frontenac Dessert Wine

Specialty: Red- Fortified

 

MN

Parley Lake Winery

Frontenac Gris - Limited Edition

Single Varietal: Frontenac Gris

 

MN

Parley Lake Winery

Frontenac Limited Edition

Single Varietal: Frontenac

 

MN

Parley Lake Winery

La Crescent

Single Varietal: La Crescent

 

MN

Parley Lake Winery

Marquette

Single Varietal: Marquette

 

MN

Richwood Winery

Richwood Frontenac Rosé

Single Varietal: Frontenac Rosé

 

MN

Richwood Winery

Richwood Lady Slipper

Semi-Sweet White: Single Varietal and Blends

 

MN

River View Winery

Brianna

Single Varietal: Brianna

 

MN

River View Winery

Frontenac

Single Varietal: Frontenac

 

MN

River View Winery

Frontenac Gris

Single Varietal: Frontenac Gris

 

MN

Saint Croix Vineyards

Frontenac

Single Varietal: Frontenac

 

MN

Saint Croix Vineyards

Frontenac Gris

Single Varietal: Frontenac Gris

 

MN

Sovereign Estate Wine

Marquette

Single Varietal: Marquette

 

MN

Sovereign Estate Wine

Patina Gris

Specialty: White - Sweet/Late Harvest/Dessert

 

MN

Wild Mountain Winery

Arrowhead

Dry Red: Single Varietal and Blends

 

MN

Wild Mountain Winery

LaCrescent

Single Varietal: La Crescent

 

NE

Feather River Vineyards

Feather River Rendevous

Single Varietal: Frontenac

 

NE

Feather River Vineyards

Harvest Red

Semi-Sweet Red: Single Varietal and Blends

 

NE

Glacial Till Vineyard & Winery

Edelweiss

Semi-Sweet White: Single Varietal and Blends

 

NE

Glacial Till Vineyard & Winery

LaCrosse

Single Varietal: LaCrosse

 

NE

Mac's Creek Vineyards & Winery

Celtic Aire

Single Varietal: LaCrosse

 

NE

Mac's Creek Vineyards & Winery

Fruit of the Vine

Single Varietal: Frontenac

 

NE

Mac's Creek Vineyards & Winery

Spring Mist

Semi-Sweet Red: Single Varietal and Blends

 

NV

Tahoe Ridge Winery

LaCrosse

Single Varietal: LaCrosse

 

NY

Coyote Moon Vineyards

Brianna

Single Varietal: Brianna

 

NY

Coyote Moon Vineyards

Frontenac Gris

Single Varietal: Frontenac Gris

 

NY

Coyote Moon Vineyards

Marquette

Single Varietal: Marquette

 

NY

Tug Hill Vineyards

43 degrees Lat White

Semi-Sweet White: Single Varietal and Blends

 

NY

Tug Hill Vineyards

Black Ice

Specialty: White - Sweet/Late Harvest/Dessert

 

NY

Tug Hill Vineyards

Blueberry

Non-Grape: Berry

 

NY

Tug Hill Vineyards

LaCrescent

Single Varietal: La Crescent

 

NY

Tug Hill Vineyards

Lake Effect

Semi-Sweet White: Single Varietal and Blends

 

NY

Tug Hill Vineyards

White Out

Single Varietal: Frontenac

 

QB

CasaBreton inc.

Le Leger

Non-Grape: Sparkling Fruit

 

QC

Coteau St-Paul

Sieur de Sabrevois

Dry Red: Single Varietal and Blends

 

SD

Tucker's Walk Vineyard

Frontenac Gris

Single Varietal: Frontenac Gris

 

VT

Boyden Valley Winery

Vermont Ice Cider

Non-Grape: Apple & Pear

 

VT

East Shore Vineyard

LaCrescent

Single Varietal: La Crescent

 

VT

Shelburne Vineyard

Louise Swenson

Dry White: Single Varietal and Blends

 

WI

Armstrong Apples Orchard & Wine

True Blue

Non-Grape: Berry

 

WI

Dancing Dragonfly Winery

Conga

Semi-Sweet Red: Single Varietal and Blends

 

WI

Dancing Dragonfly Winery

Pirouette

Single Varietal: La Crescent

 

WI

Dancing Dragonfly Winery

Tango

Non-Grape: Berry

 

WI

Danzinger Vineyards

Bluff Top Breeze

Single Varietal: Brianna

 

WI

Danzinger Vineyards

Marquette

Single Varietal: Marquette

 

WI

Danzinger Vineyards

Sunset Ridge

Single Varietal: Frontenac

 

WI

Danzinger Vineyards

Thin Ice

Specialty: White - Sweet/Late Harvest/Dessert

 

WI

Danzinger Vineyards

Waumandee White

Single Varietal: La Crescent

 

WI

Door 44

F2

Semi-Sweet Red: Single Varietal and Blends

 

WI

Door 44

Red Door

Semi-Sweet Red: Single Varietal and Blends

 

WI

Door 44

Sunburst

Blush/Rose: Single Varietal and Blends

 

WI

Parallel 44

Frontenac

Specialty: Red - Sweet/Dessert

 

WI

Parallel 44

Glacier Red

Semi-Sweet Red: Single Varietal and Blends

 

WI

Paralle 44

Glacier White

Semi-Sweet White: Single Varietal and Blends

 

WI

Parallel 44

Late Harvest St. Pepin

Specialty: White - Sweet/Late Harvest/Dessert

 

WI

Parallel 44

Petite Pearl

Dry Red: Single Varietal and Blends

 

WI

Sandstone Ridge Vineyard & Winery

Frontenac Dessert

Specialty: Red- Fortified

 

WI

Sandstone Ridge Vineyard & Winery

Frontenac Gris

Single Varietal: Frontenac Gris

 

WI

Seven Hawks Vineyards

Hunters Blend

Semi-Sweet Red: Single Varietal and Blends

 

WI

Villa Bellezza Winery and Vineyards

Cotes du Pepin Red

Single Varietal: Marechal Foch

 

WI

Villa Bellezza Winery and Vineyards

Dolce White

Specialty: White - Sweet/Late Harvest/Dessert

 

WI

Wollersheim Winery

Domaine du Sac

Single Varietal: Marechal Foch

 

2013 Competition Judges:

Aaron Berdofe, Wine Writer
Nick Barth, Sommelier; Owner, Cru Wine Specialists
Bradley Beam, Enology Specialist, Illinois
Jenny Breen, Chef-Educator, University of Minnesota, Good Life Catering
Lindsay Bryda, Mixology Consultant
Scott Davis, Co-owner, Toast Wine Bar in Minneapolis; 45th Parallel Distillery
Murli Dharmadhikari, Ph.D, Enologist, Iowa State University
Gaëlle Dubé, Agronomist
John Garland, Wine Writer, The Heavy Table
Michael Grabner, Wine Buyer/manager, Century Wine and Spirits
Greg Hallberg, Enologist, Wine Educator, Restauranteur
Beth Jones, Executive Chef, Campus Club
Steve Kroll, Purple Foot President and Wine Judge
Tracy LeTourneau, Owner, Terra Waconia Restaurant
Leslee D. Miller, Sommelier, Owner, Amusée wine consulting firm
Christian Nesheim, Owner, Vinifera Wines, Aces.
Bob Parke, Author, Northern Winework
Karine Pedneault, CDBQ
Peter Plaen, Sommelier & Wine Specialist, Wirtz Beverage MN
Troy Stark, Sunfish, Cellars, Wine Blogger
Amanda Stewart, Asst. Professor of Enology & Fermentation, Virginia Tech University

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