Ipswich, MA (PRWEB) February 28, 2014
The results are in and eight wines from The Traveling Vineyard portfolio have been awarded an array of gold, silver and bronze medals by The Beverage Institute.
The Chicago- based Beverage Institute’s annual sampling netted two golds, four silvers and two bronze wins for The Traveling Vineyard, affirming our belief that value and quality don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Each winning wine is priced at $24.99 or less.
Using a specifically designed tasting space, The Beverage Institute’s panel of expert judges score only 30 wines per tasting to ensure fresh palates and fair assessments. Our winning wines include everything from a Lodi Syrah to a Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon. Experts praised the "exceptional" 2012 Tria Lodi Syrah ($17.99) as a "best buy" for its "supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long, tangy, nicely meaty finish."
The Tria 2011 Private Reserve Pinot Noir ($24.99) won praise, and a silver medal, for its "black raspberry flavors are explosive, followed by lingonberry, vanilla, mincemeat pie and dark garden soil."
The other gold medal went to our 12 Heist, Santa Ynez Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($24.99). Tasters love the aromas of "chocolate nuts, currants, deep fried pickle, and peppery spices with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a creamy, mocha, cedar and sour cherry accented finish with fine tannins."
The full list of winning wines is below, accompanied by tasting notes. For more information on the wines, becoming a consultant or hosting a wine tasting visit: http://www.travelingvineyard.com.
And the winners are:
2012 Tria, Lodi Syrah, ($17.99), Best Buy, Gold, Exceptional: "Deep garnet color. Aromas and flavors of seared Canadian bacon, Montmorency cherry tart, and peppery spices with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long, tangy, nicely meaty finish. Quite tasty and sure to please."
2012 Heist, Santa Ynez Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, ($24.99), Gold, Exceptional "Violet black color. Aromas of chocolate nuts, currants, deep fried pickle, and peppery spices with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a creamy, mocha, cedar and sour cherry accented finish with fine tannins. Very tasty and sure to please."
2012 Bentgate, California Cabernet Sauvignon, ($19.99), Silver, Highly Recommended "Garnet color. Aromas of honeycomb, mulberries, clay and pickling spices with silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a juicy cassis jam nutskin, and smoky cedar nuanced finish with chewy tannins. Tasty and nicely structured for the table."
2011 Calamity Sue Riesling, Paso Robles, ($16.99), Silver, Highly Recommended "Light gold and star bright. Aromas of pineapple, mango, lemon, orange blossom and ripe cantaloupe. Off-dry with honeydew, sweet lemon and pineapple flavors. Fruit driven and clean.”
2012 Rayado, Colchagua Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, ($16.99),Chile, Silver, Highly Recommended "Deep garnet color. Aromas of grilled berries, pencil shavings, and green peppercorns with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full-body and a grilled sweet pepper, cassis jam, and cedar finish. A tasty , lightly smoky sipper or pair with steak fajitas."
2011 Tria Private Reserve Pinot Noir, Mission Hills, ($24.99), Silver, Highly Recommended "Deep ruby red with a purple rim. Black raspberry flavors are explosive, followed by lingonberry, vanilla, mincemeat pie and dark garden soil. Firm tannins and black cherry flavors in a big, masculine style. Vanilla and spice laden oak are predominate, but do let the dark fruits come thru. Pinot meets Nebbiolo.”
2011 Tria, Private Reserve Syrah, ($24.99), El Dorado County, Bronze, Recommended: "Aromas of olive brine and berry lipstick with savory dryish light-to-medium body and a dried mulberry, crayon wrapper, and berry vinaigrette on artichoke finish."
2012 Woodvale Estates, Merlot, ($17.99), California, Bronze, Recommended "Garnet color. Smoky aromas and flavors of chocolate, roasted coffee beans and nuts, and charcoal with a supple, dryish medium body."
About the Traveling Vineyard
Traveling Vineyard brings the romance of a vineyard tasting room to the privacy of your home. Our Independent Wine Consultants will lead you and your guests through a fun and educational wine tasting event at no charge. Our team has been sourcing, blending and bottling worldwide boutique wines for over 25 years. With thousands of awards to our credit, we bring these exclusive wines to your living room. For more information, visit http://www.travelingvineyard.com.