KIllington Wine Festival - taste with a view

July 18, 2010

Got an invitation to attend the trade session of the Killington Wine Festival Grand Tasting at 4,241′ and so I ran up to the mountain with the mission to try some bubblies, and look for white wines that are not normally on radar.  The event is organized by the Killington Chamber of Commerce, and the wines were sponsored by four of VT’s distributors: Baker Distributing, Farrell Distributing, G.Housen, and The Vermont Wine Merchants.

There were quite a number of vendors at this event which has become a summer standard in central VT.  There were some VT producers of wine (Boyden Valley),  mead (Honey Gardens), and ice cider (Eden Ice Cider) in attendance along with a table representing the VT Grape and Wine Council.  That was our token showing (lets hope for more in the future) amid the numerous well known importers and producers like Bully Hill, E.J. Gallo, and Vineyard Brands.

Most of the wines were big production labels that consumers can find easily, but I did find one small brand that really lit my fire.  Sipp-Mack is a small producer from Alsace that makes simply beautiful wines: Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Muscat d’Alsace, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, and a Pinot Noir.  Each and every wine was well balanced and inspiring…and this was just their basic selection at exteremely reasonable price points.  They have some upper level wines that i got to try as well, and those were just over the moon, but bottles in the $40 range are a hard sell in these times…that said the Quality to Price Ratio was still outrageous.

Put this event on your schedule for next year…

Not sure what the heck happened with the “editing” here, scene sequence is a bit off-chronological…apologies.


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