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Knob Hall Winery Wins Gold Medal at International Wine Competition

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Knob Hall Winery Wins Gold Medal at International Wine Competition; Maryland’s ONLY Gold Medal in Entire Event; 800 Wines Judged; Winemaker is Award-Winning Mary Beth Seibert

(Clear Spring, MD) – The Knob Hall Winery in Clear Spring, Maryland, received a Gold Medal at the recent 2012 International Eastern Wine Competition & Riesling Championship. The competition was for wines produced in the Eastern United States and Eastern Canada, and included over 800 wines. The competition took place March 5-7, 2012, and was held in Santa Rosa, California.

The 36th Annual International Eastern Wine Competition (IEWC) is one of the oldest and largest professional wine competitions in the United States.

Knob Hall Winery also won a Bronze Medal with its Chambourcin.

According to Dr. Joseph Fiola, University of Maryland Extension Specialist in Viticulture and Small Fruit, “This is a fantastic award. To be the only Maryland wine awarded a gold medal is truly remarkable. Congratulations to Mary Beth Seibert for bringing home the Gold Medal for Knob Hall’s Le Rêve Rouge!”

The judges were comprised of the most experienced and unique pool of wine industry professionals. The wines were judged from a field of over 800 wines.

According to Maryland Wineries Association Executive Director Kevin Atticks, “Knob Hall Winery makes excellent wine, highlighting the superb grapes that are being grown in Washington County and Western Maryland. To win this award shows the excellence of Knob Hall Winery!”

Located on Saint Paul Road just outside of Clear Spring, Maryland, Knob Hall Winery is one of the few wineries in Maryland that has a female winemaker. Mary Beth Seibert has won the hearts, and taste buds, of wine-lovers throughout the Mid-Atlantic. In 2010, the winery won more gold medals than any other winery at the Maryland Wine Festival. The three gold medals turned out to be the most that any winery in Maryland had ever won. Knob Hall's Rose was selected as Best in Class, as well. At the 2011 Maryland Wine festival, the winery had four silver medals and two bronze medals - another outstanding year!

Knob Hall Winery is currently Washington County’s only winery, and now has over 30 acres of land under grape production. The acreage includes the following grape varieties: Albariño, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Traminette, Vidal Blanc, Viognier, Chambourcin, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, and Petite Verdot. The winery continues to expand and will have 60 acres of land planted with grape vines. There are nearly 50 wineries in Maryland. For more information about Knob Hall Winery, see: www.knobhallwinery.com.  Also, call: 301-842-2777. For more information about the 2012 International Eastern Wine Competition & Riesling Championship see: http://www.vwm-online.com/wine_competitions/intl_eastern/index.asp.

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