Ohio Agriculture Director David T. Daniels honored the Director’s Choice recipients at an event held at the Statehouse for retailers, distributors, restaurateurs and winery owners.
More than 20 wines were evaluated by a panel of judges, on behalf of Director Daniels, for the highly coveted award. The 2016 award recipients are:
White Wine: 2014 Firelands Gewurztraminer, Firelands Winery, Sandusky
Red Wine: 2012 Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve,
Valley Vineyards, Morrow
Specialty Wine: Gervasi Sognata Ice Wine, Gervasi Vineyard, Canton
All of the Director’s Choice award recipients are eligible for the Ohio Quality Wine designation. It was created in 2007 by the Ohio Grape Industries Committee and is assigned to wines made from at least 90% Ohio-grown grapes. These wines must also achieve at least 15 of 20 points on a sensory evaluation and pass a chemical analysis before receiving the quality seal.