New Albany winery tastes victory with vignoles

A gold medal here or a silver medal there boosts wine sales. Some wine enthusiasts dismiss medals by using the “too many competitions to count” excuse.

But one Indiana winery just picked up a historic honor that was unprecedented. River City Winery in New Albany won the best wine of the Indy International Wine Competition with its 2011 vignoles.

“This is huge,” owner/winemaker Gary Humphrey said. “This is just not Indiana. Nobody from the Midwest has ever won that honor.”

Now, before you dismiss an Indiana wine competition, please note the annual contest is the third-biggest in the U.S. and draws 2,600 entries from 41 states and 14 countries. It was quite the historic moment for Humphrey and Indiana wine.

Vignoles is a hybrid grape grown widely in Indiana, Missouri and other states. It often is used as a dessert wine but also makes a nice semisweet wine. It often has hints of peach, pear or apricot.

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