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Ohio Department of Agriculture director honors top wines

First Posted: 5:13 pm - June 9th, 2017 - Views

Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels presents the Director’s Choice Award for the Best White Wine. From left are: Representative John Patterson, Jim Arbaczewski of Ferrante Winery, David T. Daniels and Eric Guggisberg of Doughty Glen Winery.
Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels presents the Director’s Choice Award for the Best Red Wine. From left are: Senator Steve Wilson, Joe Schuchter of Valley Vineyards and Director David T. Daniels.
Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels presents the 2016 Grape Grower of the Year Award. From left are: Pamela Ledyard of Stoney Ridge Winery and Director David T. Daniels.
Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels presents the 2016 Winemaker of the Year Award. From left are: Senator Scott Oelslager, Andrew Codispoti of Gervasi Vineyard and Director David T. Daniels.
Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels presents the Director’s Choice Award for the Best Rosé Wine. From left are: Representative Brian Hill, Paul Roberts of Terra Cotta Vineyards and Director David T. Daniels.
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REYNOLDSBURG — Ohio Agriculture Director David T. Daniels honored the Director’s Choice recipients at an event held at the Statehouse for retailers, distributors, restaurateurs and winery owners.

More than 20 wines were evaluated by a panel of judges, on behalf of Director Daniels, for the highly coveted award. The 2017 award recipients are:

Best White Wine:

2016 Ferrante Grand River Valley Vidal Blanc

Ferrante Winery, Ashtabula County

2015 Doughty Glen Misty Meiner

Doughty Glen Winery, Holmes County

Best Red Wine:

Valley Vineyards Red Reflections

Valley Vineyards, Warren County

Best Rose´:

Terra Cotta Chambourcin Rosé

Terra Cotta Vineyards, Muskingum County

In addition, Daniels presented Pamela Ledyard of Stoney Ridge Winery (Williams County) with the Grape Grower of the Year award, and Andrew Codispoti of Gervasi Vineyard (Stark County) with the Winemaker of the Year award.

All of the Director’s Choice award recipients are eligible for the Ohio Quality Wine designation. It was created in 2007 by the Ohio Grape Industries Committee and is assigned to wines made from at least 90 percent Ohio-grown grapes. These wines must also achieve at least 15 of 20 points on a sensory evaluation and pass a chemical analysis before receiving the quality seal.

The Ohio Grape Industries Committee is housed at the Ohio Department of Agriculture and provides wineries a means to market their top-quality wines against well-known California and European wines. To learn more about the program or for a complete list of Ohio Quality Wines, visit www.tasteohiowines.com.

Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels presents the Director’s Choice Award for the Best White Wine. From left are: Representative John Patterson, Jim Arbaczewski of Ferrante Winery, David T. Daniels and Eric Guggisberg of Doughty Glen Winery.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/56/2017/06/web1_Directors-Choice-Best-White.jpgOhio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels presents the Director’s Choice Award for the Best White Wine. From left are: Representative John Patterson, Jim Arbaczewski of Ferrante Winery, David T. Daniels and Eric Guggisberg of Doughty Glen Winery.

Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels presents the Director’s Choice Award for the Best Red Wine. From left are: Senator Steve Wilson, Joe Schuchter of Valley Vineyards and Director David T. Daniels.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/56/2017/06/web1_Directors-Choice-Red.jpgOhio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels presents the Director’s Choice Award for the Best Red Wine. From left are: Senator Steve Wilson, Joe Schuchter of Valley Vineyards and Director David T. Daniels.

Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels presents the 2016 Grape Grower of the Year Award. From left are: Pamela Ledyard of Stoney Ridge Winery and Director David T. Daniels.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/56/2017/06/web1_Grape-Grower-of-the-Year-2-.jpgOhio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels presents the 2016 Grape Grower of the Year Award. From left are: Pamela Ledyard of Stoney Ridge Winery and Director David T. Daniels.

Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels presents the 2016 Winemaker of the Year Award. From left are: Senator Scott Oelslager, Andrew Codispoti of Gervasi Vineyard and Director David T. Daniels.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/56/2017/06/web1_Wine-Maker-of-the-Year.jpgOhio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels presents the 2016 Winemaker of the Year Award. From left are: Senator Scott Oelslager, Andrew Codispoti of Gervasi Vineyard and Director David T. Daniels.

Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels presents the Director’s Choice Award for the Best Rosé Wine. From left are: Representative Brian Hill, Paul Roberts of Terra Cotta Vineyards and Director David T. Daniels.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/56/2017/06/web1_Directors-Choice-Rose.jpgOhio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels presents the Director’s Choice Award for the Best Rosé Wine. From left are: Representative Brian Hill, Paul Roberts of Terra Cotta Vineyards and Director David T. Daniels.
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