Pa. Wine Excellence Awards

Each January the Pa. Wine Society showcases the best Pennsylvania wines made from vinifera and Chambourcin grapes. The wines are judged by the Board with the able assistance of Gary Pavlis, from Rutgers University who is also a teacher of the wine judging certification course for the American Wine Society. The top scoring wines are presented at the tasting, where we also give our annual award plaque to the winery that has made the top scoring wine. The plaque is proudly displayed at the winery for the rest of the year. The event is open to the public, and we recommend that you register early.

Frank Fritsch presents the Wine Excellence plaque to John Landis.
2011 award: Frank Fritsch, past president of the Pa. Wine Society, (right) presents the Wine Excellence plaque to John Landis (left), owner and winemaker of Vynecrest Vineyards & Winery.

2011   Wine Ex. X

Vynecrest Vineyards & Winery

John Landis, Winemaker

Chambourcin Estate Lehigh Valley 2010

Vynecrest Chambourcin Lehigh Valley 2010 wine bottle
Top Scoring Wines of 2011
WineryWineVintage
AllegroCadenza2007
AllegroCadenza2008
CrossingCabernet Sauvignon Merlot2008
CrossingMerlot2008
Galen GlenCabernet Franc Lehigh Valley2009
Manatawny CreekCabernet Sauvignon 2007
Manatawny CreekSyrah2008
VynecrestChambourcin Estate2010
VynecrestCabernet Franc Estate2010

2010   Wine Ex. IX

Pinnacle Ridge Winery

Brad Knapp, Winemaker

2007 Veritas

Bottle of Pinnacle Ridge Winery's 2007 Veritas
Top Scoring Wines of 2010
WineryWineVintage
AllegroBridge2006
AllegroBridge2007
AllegroCadenza2007
AllegroCadenza2008
Blue Mountain VineyardsCabernet Sauvignon2005
Manatawny CreekCabernet Franc2007
Manatawny CreekMeritage2007
Manatawny CreekSyrah2008
Pinnacle RidgeVeritas2007
Pinnacle RidgeVeritas2008

2009   Wine Ex. VIII

Chaddsford Winery

Eric Miller, Winemaker

2007 Chambourcin, Miller Estate Vineyard

Bottle of Chaddsford Winery's 2007 Chambourcin
Top Scoring Wines of 2009
WineryWineVintage
AllegroBridge2007
AllegroCadenza2007
ChaddsfordChambourcin2007
ChaddsfordPinot Noir2007
Galen GlennCabernet Franc2007
Manatawny CreekCabernet Franc2007
Manatawny CreekMerlot2007
Pinnacle RidgeMerlot2007
Pinnacle RidgeVeritas2007
Presque IsleBlaufrankishNV
Presque IsleMerlot2007

2008   Wine Ex. VII

Pinnacle Ridge Winery

Brad Knapp, Winemaker

2005 Veritas

2007   Wine Ex. VI

Manatawny Creek Winery

Joanne Levengood, Winemaker

2005 Cabernet Franc

2006   Wine Ex. V

Pinnacle Ridge Winery

Brad Knapp, Winemaker

2005 Pinot Noir

2005   Wine Ex. IV

Manatawny Creek Winery

Joanne Levengood, Winemaker

2002 Meritage

2004   Wine Ex. III

Allegro Vineyards

Carl Helrich, Winemaker

2002 Reserve Merlot

2003    Wine Ex. II

Manatawny Creek Winery

Joanne Levengood, Winemaker

Cabernet Franc

2002    Wine Ex. I

No award given