After winning Wisconsin Best Wine two years running, Parallel 44 Vineyard and Winery handed off the top award this year to its sister winery Door 44 of Sturgeon Bay. The Wisconsin Professional Wine Competition hosted by the Wisconsin State Fair last month awarded its top prize of Best Wisconsin Wine to “Sparkler” produced by Door 44 Winery. In addition to this honor, the wine also took home recognition as Best of Division in the sparkling wine category. The Wisconsin Wine Competition is the premiere competition designed to recognize and promote Wisconsin grown and produced wines.
Door 44 was also the recipient of the Best Wisconsin Red Wine for its “F2” as the Best of Division for Wisconsin grown and produced red wines. Of the 137 wines submitted in the competition, Parallel 44 was the most awarded winery with 14, while Door 44 garnered the second most awards with 11.
In all, only 3 double golds were awarded in the competition, with Parallel 44 and Door 44 garnering two of the three. The wines were evaluated on 10 attributes in a blind taste test. The Wisconsin Professional Wine Competition is a collaborative effort of the Wisconsin State Fair, the Wisconsin Grape Growers Association, and the Wisconsin Winery Association.
The Sparkler is a semi-dry sparkling wine made of Wisconsin grown La Crescent, Louise Swenson, and Marechal Foch grapes. “The inspiration for this wine starts with a winemaker from Champagne, France who told me that our climate and grape varieties reminded him of the conditions that exist in Champagne, France. Three years ago I took his advice and produced Bubbler which has won several awards, and then this year we made another type of sparkling wine and called it Sparkler.” Johnson added, “At this rate, I am becoming more and more convinced that Wisconsin has the potential to become famous for Sparkling wines which are booming in popularity all over the United States.”
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