Release Date: 02/23/2015
Bismarck, North Dakota, February 23, 2015 – Grape growers and winemakers from the region gathered in Bismarck in early February to discuss current topics and issues affecting the grape and wine industry. They welcomed speakers from all over the region who addressed the group on topics ranging from herbicide drift to North Dakota food and wine pairings.
“The highlight of the conference is always the annual wine competition,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “Local winemakers enter their wines into numerous categories, including professional wine and people’s choice.”
In the professional’s category, wines are judged using the American Wine Society’s (AWS) 20 point evaluation system which evaluates on appearance, aroma/bouquet, taste/texture, aftertaste, and overall impression. Six wineries submitted 20 different wines with five wines receiving AWS silver level medals and nine wines receiving AWS bronze level medals.
The people’s choice category is judged by conference attendees in a blind taste test. Wines are divided into categories featuring grape wines and non-grape wines. Dakota Sun Gardens, Carrington received four people’s choice awards; Tongue River Winery, Miles City, MT received three; and Bear Creek Winery, Fargo and Wolf Creek Winery, Coleharbor each received one.
The North Dakota Grape and Wine Association was established in 2006 and is dedicated to the promotion and education of the region’s grape and winemaking industry.
For full results from the wine competition or more information on the grape and wine industry in North Dakota, please visit the North Dakota Grape and Wine Association website at www.ndgwa.org.
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