Cedar Creek Winery recognized
Pinot Grigio recognized in three national competitions

By News Graphic Staff

August 1, 2017

CEDARBURG — A wine produced by Cedar Creek Winery has won awards in national competitions this year.

The 2016 Pinot Grigio earned a platinum award in the 2017 San Diego Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition in March. It also won the “double-gold” award at the 30th annual Tasters Guild International competition, which took place May 3 to May 6 in Grand Rapids, Mich.

The wine recently received a gold medal, exceptional rating and “best-buy” designation from the Chicago-based Beverage Testing Institute. The institute is online at www.tastings.com.

In the San Diego competition, the Cedar Creek Pino Grigio was honored among a field of 1,445 wines from 16 countries that were entered. It was one of 56 to receive the platinum designation. An additional 310 received a gold award and 562 earned silver.

Michael Franz, editor of Wine Review and Sommelier magazines and a former wine columnist for The Washington Post, praised the wine from Cedarburg.

“Especially when considered in light of its $10 price tag, this is a wine that should be causing some sleepless nights among vintners in the northeast of Italy,” he wrote of the 2016-vintage wine. “It is instantly recognizable as Pino Grigio on account of its light color, faint floral aromas, light weight, slight spritz and lively acidity.

“But with that noted, it is not just a cookie-cutter rendition, as it offers a lot more flavor than its standard-issue Italian counterparts,” he added. “More sweetness too, one must acknowledge, but the wine is still well-balanced and very tasty.”

In the competition in Michigan, 30 judges from around the nation completed more than 1,400 tasting evaluations of wine from eight nations and 27 states or provinces.

Cedar Creek Winery, N70 W6340 Bridge Road, is the sister winery to Wollersheim Winery in Prairie du Sac under the direction of winemaker Philippe Coquard. The winery is online at www.cedarcreekwinery.com.