Stonehaus Farms collects hardware during state, regional, international wine competitions

tporter@lsjournal.comAugust 7, 2014 

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    Medals received so far this year by Stonehaus Farms Vineyard and Winery in state, regional and international wine competitions.

Stonehaus Farms Vineyard and Winery continues to gain acclaim as one of the leading wine producers in not only the state but across the region and internationally as well.

The Lee’s Summit-based winery spent July competing against hundreds of Missouri and Midwest-based wineries in competitions from the Show-Me State to Iowa.

Stonehaus received several awards in the 2014 Missouri Wine Competition which took place July 15-16, including a silver medal for its Strother Ridge Vidal Blanc and Missouri Port. The winery captured a bronze medal for its 2013 Strother Ridge Chardonel, Strother Ridge Vignoles and Strother Ridge Rose Red.

A total of 300 wines from 30 Missouri wineries were entered in the competition, which was judged through blind tasting by a panel of nine expert judges from around the country and one industry judge from a Missouri winery.

“When you compete against – most of these people you know – people you deal with throughout the year, it’s kind of a nice little competition between friends,” said Brett Euritt, owner of Stonehaus Farms. “We didn’t win the Governor’s Cup (for all around best showing), but I’m real happy with the results that we had.”

In the Mid-America Wine Competition held July 11-13 in Iowa, Stonehaus brought in a haul that included two silver medals for its Vignoles and Missouri Port, and four bronze medals for its Chardonel, Vidal Blanc, Red Rose and Strother Ridge Apple Cranberry.

The competition was open to commercial wineries in 18 Midwestern states. Judging was performed through blind tasting by a panel of experienced wine judges.

“Looking at the competition we had this year, this isn’t a rouge (judgment),” Euritt said. “I entered five in Missouri and medaled four and I entered six in Mid-America and medaled in all of those. All in all, if you’re bringing home hardware basically every time you’re entering, that’s a damn good sign you’re doing something right.”

In addition to state and region-wide accolades, Stonehaus also received recognition on the international level.

The winery entered four wines in the Fingerlakes International Competition this past March and came away with two silver and two bronze medals. The Chardonel and Vignoles won silver and its Strother Ridge Cynthiana, also known as Norton, and its Vidal Blanc were awarded bronze.

The competition included more than 3,500 wines from more than 20 countries, four Canadian provinces and all 50 states in the U.S. Close to 70 judges represented nearly 15 countries in the blind tasting event.

“It’s a pretty major deal,” Euritt said. “Anytime in an international-based competition of this caliber that you can medal, that’s definitely a good thing.”

Next up for Stonehaus is a hoped-for invitation to the Jefferson Cup wine tasting competition. It’s another international contest that will take place in Kansas City in late fall. Euritt said only five wineries per state are invited and he anticipates Stonehaus Farms to make the cut.

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