N.C. State Fair announces winners in wine competition

Staff Report

October 21, 2013

RALEIGH — Laurel Gray Vineyards in Hamptonville won the N.C. Winegrowers Cup for its Estate Reserve Merlot, and Cypress Bend Vineyards in Wagram earned the N.C. Muscadine Cup for its To-Morrow wine in the N.C. State Fair’s 2013 Wine Competition.

In the amateur competition, Robert Moncsko of Cary won Best of Show with his Bobcin-Chambourcin 2009.

The winners were selected earlier this month by a panel of professional judges and will be on display in the Education Building during the fair, Oct. 17-27 at the State Fairgrounds.

Fifty commercial wineries submitted a total of 387 entries, and the amateur competition featured 99 entries from 42 winemakers across the state.

Winners were announced in the following commercial and amateur categories:


• White Vinifera: Jones vonDrehle Vineyards, Thurmond — Petit Manseng

• Rose/Blush Vinifera or Hybrid: Raffaldini Vineyards, Ronda — Girasole 2012

• Red Vinifera: Laurel Gray Vineyards, Hamptonville — Estate Reserve Merlot

• Red Hybrid: Shadow Springs Vineyards, Hamptonville — Chambourcin

• White Native American: Cypress Bend Vineyards, Wagram — To-Morrow

• Sparkling: Biltmore Estate Wine Co., Asheville — Chateau Reserve Blanc de Blanc

• Fortified/Dessert: Childress Vineyards, Lexington — Late Harvest Viognier 2010


• White Vinifera: Laurence Plott of Madison — Viognier

• Rose/Blush Vinifera or Hybrid: Robert Moncsko of Cary — Bobcin Sunset Blush 2008

• Red Vinifera: Alan Jones of Pittsboro — Old Well Cellars Grenache; Clyde Mendenhall of Greensboro — Zinfandel

• White Hybrid: Laurence Plott of Madison — Traminette

• Red Hybrid: Robert Moncsko of Cary — Bobcin-Chambourcin 2009

• White Native American: Maurice Oliver of Elizabeth City — Homemade Sweet

• Rose/Blush Native American: Joshua Bennett of Wilmington — Ison/Carlos Muscadine

• Red Native American: Bryan Fulford of Elon — Fulford Farm Wines Sweet Noble Blush

• Fruit; Other Wines: Judy Haymore of Dobson — Fox Honeywine

• Sparkling: Donald Street of Apex — Sparkling Wine

• Fortified/Dessert: Darrell Dail of Raleigh — Dail Peach Ice Wine 2010