Round Lake Vineyards & Winery earned awards at the 11th annual International Cold Climate Wine Competition (ICCWC). Among the more than 300 wines submitted from 10 states and one Canadian province, Round Lake was awarded a silver for its Marquette Reserve and bronze for both Frontenac Gris and Skinny Dipping Temptation.
Owner Scott Ellenbecker said, “This is the only contest that focuses solely on cold-climate wines, so to be compared against peer wines and grapes is an important step in success. Grapes grow everywhere in the world, and our region proves more difficult and therefore more satisfying when successful.”
“These are three of our more popular wines, which shows the judges agree with our tasting room critics – the customer,” said Ellenbecker. “Each of these wines is very different, from the rich, dark berry flavors in Marquette to the bright, citrus fruit notes in Frontenac Gris. Temptation is a sweet apple wine that is perfect for sipping on a hot day or poured as a dessert after a satisfying supper.”
The ICCWC was hosted at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska, Aug. 15. The competition is made possible through a partnership between the University of Minnesota Grape Breeding and Enology Project and the Minnesota Grape Growers Association. Its objective is to honor and promote wines of exceptional quality from cold-climate grapes. Judges included sommeliers, wine consultants, wine importers, winemakers, enologists, biochemists, and wine writers.