Being an amateur winemaker means that people sometimes view the fruits of your labor with a skeptical eye. But today I got news that a wine I entered in the Indy International Wine Competition
(put on by Purdue University, and the largest independent competition in the US, with almost 3,000 entries) won a gold medal. What makes it even cooler is that amateur wines compete alongside commercial wines, and my little blend beat out other wines in the same category made by "big guys" like Chateau Ste. Michelle.
As some of my friends on the other side of the pond sometimes say, I'm totally chuffed!
This is my 2010 "Right Bank Blend", which is made from Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. It was aged for 12 months in a French oak barrel. The grapes came from the Rattlesnake Hills AVA in Washington state.