25 Best Wines in Western Pennsylvania

The 2011 gold and silver-medal winners selected by the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.

From western Pennsylvania’s award-winning wineries, here are the 2011 gold- and silver-medal winners selected by the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. The contest is judged by a diverse and highly skilled group of 60 national and international judges representing sommeliers, educators, enologists, winemakers, writers, importers, retailers and industry consultants from the United States, Argentina, Australia, Chile, France, Germany, Israel, Italy and elsewhere.

Allegheny Cellars
4772 Route 6, Sheffield; 814/968-5812; alleghenycellars.com
Wines are available at winery and can be shipped within Pennsylvania

Gold Medal: Big Bend Blush, $8.96 (Style: Sweet Rosé; Variety: Niagara, Concord)
Silver Medal: Bigfoot Shadows, $8.96 (Style: Concord; Variety: Concord)
Silver Medal: Fawnd Memories, $8.96 (Style: Sweet Rose; Variety: Cayuga, Concord)
Silver Medal: Riesling, $10.50 (Style: Riesling; Variety: Riesling)
Silver Medal: Wildcat White, $8.96 (Style: Niagara; Variety: Niagara)

Arrowhead Wine Cellars
12073 East Main Road, North East; 814/725-5509; arrowheadwine.com
Wines are available at the winery and certain varieties at select liquor stores.

Double Gold Medal: Dazzling Niagara, $12.99 (Style: White Sparkling; Variety: Niagara)
Gold Medal: Arrowhead Spring Vineyards Semi Dry Riesling, $10.99 (Style: Riesling; Variety: Niagara)

Glades Pike Winery
2208 Glades Pike, Somerset; 814/445-3753; gladespikewinery.com
Wines are available at the winery and at the Pittsburgh Public Market in the Strip District.

Gold Medal: 2008 Cabernet Franc, $20 (Style: Cabernet Franc; Variety: Cabernet Franc Petit Verdot)
Silver Medal: 2009 Petit Verdot $20 (Style: Petit Verdot; Variety: Petit Verdot Cabernet Franc)

Heritage Wine Cellars
12160 East Main Road North East; 814/725-8015; heritagewine.biz
Wines are available at the winery as well as at PA Wine Cellars in Station Square.

Silver Medal: Half & Half, $8.99 (Style: Sweet Rose; Variety: Concord, Niagara)
Silver Medal: Isabella, $8.99 (Style: Isabella; Variety: Isabella)
Silver Medal: Merlot, $14.99 (Style: Merlot; Variety: Merlot, Cab)
Silver Medal: Peach, $8.99 (Style: Peach; Variety: Elvira, Niagara, Concord)

Mazza Vineyards
11815 East Lake Road North East; 814/725-8695; mazzawines.com
Wines are available at the winery and can be found at select liquor stores.

Gold Medal: Ice Wine of Vidal Blanc, $42.95 (Style: Icewine; Variety: Vidal Blanc)

Presque Isle Wine Cellars
9440 West Main Road, North East; 814/725-1314; piwine.com
Wines are available at the winery, at Country Wines in Pittsburgh, and certain varieties can be found at select liquor stores.

Double Gold Medal: Eskimo Kisses, $25.95 (Style: Artificially Frozen; Variety: Vidal)
Gold Medal: Blushing Heron, $8.02 (Style: Sweet Rose; Variety: Niagara, Concord)
Silver Medal: 2009 Vignoles, $10.38 (Style: Vignoles (Ravat 51); Variety: Vignoles)
Silver Medal: Creekside Niagara, $8.02 (Style: Niagara; Variety: Niagara)
Silver Medal: Pink Catawba, $8.02 (Style: Sweet Rose; Variety: Catawba, Concord)
Silver Medal: Presque Isle Wine Cellars Riesling, $12.26 (Style: Riesling; Variety: Riesling, Valvin)
Silver Medal: Reflections of Lake Erie, $10.38 (Style: Other White; Variety: Riesling, Vidal, Cayuga)
Silver Medal: Vidal, $10.38 (Style: Vidal Blanc; Variety: Vidal)

Tuscarora Mountain Winery
25 Lincoln Way, West Chambersburg; 717/261-9463; tuscaroramtwinery.com
Wines are available at the winery in Chambersburg and its sister winery in Greencastle.

Gold Medal: An Ice Break, $21 (Style: Icewine; Variety: Riesling)
Silver Medal: Chinin Blanc, $13.40 (Style: Chenin Blan; Variety: Chenin Blanc)
Silver Medal: Harvest Moon, $13.89 (Style: Norton (Cynthiana); Variety: Norton)

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