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The twelfth annual Big E Northeast Gold Wine Competition showcased some of the best tasting wines of New England and New York! The 193 entries from 33 wineries were judged at Eastern States Exposition on June 10, 2017 by four panels of wine aficionados from across the country. The cider component, first introduced in 2016, returned with 29 entries from 11 New England and New York cider mills.

Judges evaluated the wines based on the 20 point UCAL Davis System and the honors awarded were Double Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze. There were also awards given for the best of each state and category.

Jewell Town Vineyards, of South Hampton, New Hampshire, was named Premier Exhibitor and received the only Double Gold for their Vignoles as well as Gold for their South Hampton White and Petite Amie. The winery also received the award for Best New Hampshire Wine and Best New Hampshire Grown and took home Silver for their Valvin Muscat and Bronze for their Leon Millot, Vidal Blanc Ice Wine, Seyval, Alden, Landot Noir and Aurore.

The honors for the state of Massachusetts went to Cameron’s Winery of Northfield. The Orchard’s Gold-winning Paul’s Black Plum wine received Best Fruit Wine and Best Massachusetts Wine. The Orchard additionally received Best Massachusetts Grown for their Gold-winning Blueberry wine as well as Silver and Bronze awards for other varietals.

Best Grape Wine, Best New York Wine and Best New York Grown Wine went to Atwater Estate Vineyards LLC for their Gold-winning Celsius wine. They were also awarded Gold for their Pinot Gris and Silver honors for other varieties.

The rest of the state awards went as follows: Arrigoni Winery was awarded Best Conneticut and Best Conneticut Grown as well as Gold for their Summer Daze; Nickle Creek Vineyard received Best Rhode Island Wine and Gold for their Summer Blueberry; Best Rhode Island Grown was awarded to Newport Vineyards for their Pinot Gris; Prospect Hill Winery took home Best Maine Wine and this year also won Best Maine Grown for Edelvira; Shelburne Vineyard won Best Vermont Wine for their Petite Pearl and Best Vermont Grown for their Marquette Blend.

Further Gold medal winners include LaBelle Winery for their Gewürztraminer and Sparkling Cranberry; Rosedale Vineyards LLC of Connecticut for their Lou’s Red wine; Pazdar Winery of New York for their Forbidden Fruit and Vadelma Chocolat; and Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod for their Diamond White and Rose.

For the cider component, the best of state results were as follows:

  • Best Maine Cider, Best in Show, Gold Medal – Ricker Hill Farms, Inc won for Mainiac New English Bittersweet (also won Silver for other varieties)
  • Best Vermont Cider & Silver – Citizens Cider won for Unified Press
  • Best Connecticut Cider – Bishop’s Orchards won for New England Hard Cider (also won Silver for Golden Hard Cider)
  • Best New York Cider & Silver – 3 Brother’s Winery won for Red Apple Bombshell Hard Cider

Silver medal winners include Metal House Cider of New York for their Metal House Cider; Russell Orchards Farm & Winery of Massachusetts for their Perry, Ice Cider and Sweetheart Hard Cider; Winterport Winery of Maine for their Cove Road Cranberry; and Elfs Farm of New York for their Mac and Skylight.

During The Big E, a selection of the competition winners will be on display inside the Wine and Cheese Barn and a selection of the participating wineries will provide samples for tasting and for purchase. For a complete listing of the competition, visit

The Big E returns to Eastern States Exposition Sept. 15 – Oct. 1, in West Springfield, Mass. Download The Big E app or visit for a full schedule of events. Join in with the fairtime excitement on social with #BigEMoments. Advance tickets are on sale now.

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