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Washington County's Knob Hall Winery Wins Best of Show

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(Clear Spring, MD) -- Knob Hall Winery, located near Clear Spring, Maryland, which recently won several awards at the Maryland Wine Festival, just received a "Best of Show" award. The winery’s Chambourcin was selected as the best wine, by 42 certified wine judges. The competition was at the annual American Wine Society National Conference in Rochester, New York.

Dr. Joseph Fiola, University of Maryland Extension Specialist in Viticulture and Small Fruit, helped set up the wine competition, which included wines from New Jersey and Maryland. Dr. Fiola said it was an interesting event. "As part of American Wine Society Wine Judge Certification program, I teach 'continuing education' for all the certified judges. This year at the AWS Annual National Conference, we conducted a competition of the top varieties and wines of the Maryland and New Jersey region."

Fiola explained that the wines included dozens of Chardonnay, Aromatic Whites (Viognier and blends), Chambourcin, and Meritage blends. "We had the best example of each from both states, and in a blind tasting with 42 certified wine judges, the Knob Hall ‘Chambourcin’ received the highest overall score and the most individual votes for Best of Show! This truly was a great showing!"

According to Dr. Joseph Fiola , "It is exciting that a Washington County wine has beaten the best at the New Jersey-Maryland wine competition. Knob Hall Winery has great wine, and for its ‘Chambourcin’ to win the Best in Show, validates that wine in Maryland is truly among the best wines in the nation."

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: Albarino, 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, or for holiday shopping ideas, see: or call 301-842-2777
Joseph A. Fiola, PhD; Specialist in Viticulture and Small Fruit; University of Maryland Extension; 301-432-2767 ext. 344

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