A phrase that is thrown around a lot in the wine business is "Award Winning Winery." At most establishments, it's hard to tell what that means. Awarded for what? In some cases it's food, other times it's "cleanliness." That's great and all, but how about the wine?
Some "wineries" in the neighborhood can't tell you about awards they've received for their wines for a pretty simple reason - they don't make any wine. As you know, all of our wine is made right here in Dutzow by the same guy that's been making it for 30 years - Mark Blumenberg!
Recently, his wines have been awarded a heap of medals:
International Eastern Wine Competition
The International Eastern Wine Competition (IEWC), launched in 1975, is one of the oldest and longest running wine competitions in the nation. It's open to entries from select U.S. states, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, and parts of Canada.
SILVER MEDAL - 2015 Valvin Muscat
New World International Wine Competition
NWIWC was established in 1990 - open to wines produced anywhere in the "New World", including all of North America, Central America, and South America, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
BEST of CLASS - GOLD MEDAL (95 pts) 2015 Vignoles
BEST of CLASS - GOLD MEDAL (94 pts) 2015 Valvin Muscat
SILVER MEDAL - 2014 Chambourcin
Tasters Guild International Wine Judging
Tasters Guild was founded in 1987, and the competition receives entries from hundreds of wineries across the world, including North America, Central America, South America, and Australia.
GOLD MEDAL - 2014 Chambourcin
SILVER MEDALS - 2013 Cabernet Franc, Devil's Den Red, La Charrette, 2014 Original Cyn, 2015 Seyval
BRONZE MEDALS - 2015 Rayon d'Or and Katy's Blush
NEW FRIDAY HOURS: 10:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Featuring: HAPPY HOUR (DR!NK SPEC!ALS) 4 - 6 p.m. with FREE LIVE MUSIC from 5 - 8 p.m.
NEW SATURDAY HOURS: 10:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Featuring: FREE LIVE MUSIC, NOON - 3 p.m. & MORE FREE LIVE MUSIC, 5 - 8 p.m.
(yep, 2 bands for price of 0).
(Mon-Thurs 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. & Sundays Noon - 5:30 p.m. remain unchanged)
The Grill is Open & Optional!
Gena and Marcella Mayer are back to serving up some of your favorite German cuisine at the Brathaus Grill! Open Saturdays and Sundays during the music - these ladies have been serving bratwurst, German potato salad, and the like at the winery for over 20 years! However, maybe a grilled ribeye sandwich isn't your thing - no problem! Pack a picnic basket filled with food you enjoy (and a cooler with any NON-ALCOHOLIC beverages you desire).
THIS WEEKEND'S EVENTS
Fri. 5/20: HAPPY HOUR (drink specials), 4 - 6 p.m. & ED BELLING (contemporary), 5 - 8 p.m.
Sat. 5/21: BRYAN & LOLA (folk/rock/jazz), Noon - 3 p.m. & SAVANA (rock band), 5 - 8 p.m.
Sun. (5/22): PAYDIRT (rock), 2 - 5 p.m.
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Fri. 5/27: HAPPY HOUR (drink specials), 4 - 6 p.m. & MARISSA HARMS (country/pop), 5 - 8 p.m.
Sat. 5/28: DESTINATION.Z (rock band), Noon - 3 p.m. & BUTCH WAX and the HOLLYWOODS (soul/R&B band), 5 - 8 p.m.
Sun. (5/29): TEXAS GIANTS (classic country/rock band), 2 - 5 p.m.
Mon. (5/30): MEMORIAL DAY with MARK MOEBECK (classic rock), 2 - 5 p.m.
It's a rarity to have great news from our vineyards this time of the year. In recent years, May has been when we start to notice how bad the damage is from either an exceptionally cold winter, or from a late frost. Luckily, this past winter was very mild and though we thought we may see a killing frost in April, we escaped unscathed! The vines are healthy, and the young shoots are growing rapidly - every vineyard block looks to be in top shape!
Early signs point to a very good year - so far it appears to be a healthy crop and the National Weather Service is predicting a warm summer and fall with average rainfall. These predictions aren't a crystal ball, but for now we're pretty pleased with how 2016 is going in the field.
WINE of the MONTH
2015 MISSOURI WINELAND: NEW VINTAGE! Vidal Blanc grapes produced in a fruit-focused Germanic style–a stunning Wine Country Fräulein in a sexy blue dress. [2.2% residual sugar]
1-5 bottles: $14.83 per bottle
6-11 bottles: $12.83 per bottle
WINE OF THE MONTH Case Price (12 or more): $8.83 per bottle
Have you checked out our video from May Day (May 1st)? A few Blumenhof employees danced around the May Pole we constructed - check out the video below!