Thursday, April 15, 2010

Paperbirch Bannerman’s Castle Amber Cream
Wins Gold Medal at
Dallas Morning News Wine Competition 2010

Paperbirch Bannerman’s Castle Amber Cream won a Gold Medal at the Dallas Morning News Wine Competition 2010.The Bannerman’s Amber Cream was one of only four Gold Medals for fortified wine.

The others included:
NV Campbells Muscat Estate Produced and Bottled Australia – Rutherglen – Click Wine Group
2008 Quady Elysium, Black Muscat US – California – Quady Winery
NV Osborne 1827 Pedro Ximenez Spain – Jerez DO – The Wine Group

We think that’s pretty good company.

Bannerman’s Castle Amber Cream – Named after the famed castle-remains of the old munitions manufacturer, a landmark on the Hudson River, our Amber Cream is made in the grand tradition of the great sherries of Portugal. Paperbirch uses the solera method to age our wines in French oak and Italian chestnut to produce an award-winning, consistent, high-quality, cream sherry. A rich, flavorful caramel colored wine with notes of hazelnut and almond, it drinks smooth and finishes warm.

The 2010 competition was the 26th year of The Dallas Morning News Wine Competition. The first competition was held in March of 1985 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. That first year they invited 15 judges to evaluate the 570 entries they received. For their first 14 years the competition was open only to wines produced in the United States. In 1999 they opened the competition to wines produced in all wine regions of the world. That year they received 1,783 entries. For the 2009 competition they received 3,146 entries from 28 states and 18 countries.

As usual, Rebecca Murphy and staff crafted a panel of experts second to none. Among the judges were the immensely qualified Marguerite Thomas, Travel Editor, The Wine News, Los Angeles Times International Syndicate/Tribune Media Services &; Jeff Siegel, well known freelance wine and spirits writer; Jerry Shriver, Veteran Journalist and Wine Judge; Traci Dutton, Beverage Manager and Sommelier, The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone; Amy Albert, Senior Associate Editor, Bon Appetit and many, many more.

The 2010 competition was held again at the Dallas Convention Center.


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