It will take four years for the newly planted grapevines to produce a commercially viable crop, so plans call for purchasing grapes from other regions to make as many as 14 wines expected to be on the tasting-room menu when the winery opens, Zdobinski said in a story published here last month.
In an email this morning, Zdobinski said the Indy competition’s Wine of the Year award “solidifies the high quality” of the Valvin Muscat, and he said he was further gratified that all five wines he entered into the competition were awarded medals.
The medals, and previous awards Zdobinski has won, will be on display in Olde Schoolhouse’s tasting room when it opens this spring. “I think it’s important for a new winery to display their medals to show the customers that the winemaker has the experience to produce wines are of high quality,” he said. “Preble County is going to have a real popular winery, I believe.”
On the commercial side of the judging, three Ohio wineries captured “best of class” designations: Breitenbach Wine Cellars in the “Port-style wine” category for its “4-Barrel” Tawny Port; Hillside Winery in the “White American-varietal blend” category for its Quarry Blush Niagara; and A.R. Winery in the “Apple/Pear Fruit-Wine” category for its “Forbidden” Apple wine. The overall commercial “Wine of the Year” award was given to Easley Winery in Indiana for its 2014 Traminette.
For a list of trophy winners, go to www.indyinternational.org/winners/trophies. For a full list of medal-award winners, go to www.indyinternational.org/winners/awards/year/2015.
And for more information about the new winery coming to Preble County, go to the Olde Schoolhouse Vineyard & Winery Facebook page at www.facebook.com/oldeschoolhousewinery.
Note: I served as one of the judges for commercial wines at the Indy International Wine Competition held July 29-31 on the campus of Purdue University. The evaluation of amateur wines was conducted by separate panels. All wines, commercial and amateur, are evaluated “blind,” with judges not knowing the identity of the producer, brand or cost of each entry.