New kid on the bloc: Big Cork’s Russian Kiss takes double gold in Indy
“Big Cork Vineyards and Bordeleau Vineyards & Winery scored big in Indianapolis at the ‘14 INDY international Wine Competition. Big Cork earned a DOUBLE GOLD for its Russian Kiss ’13, a blend of white varieties; a GOLD for Viognier ’13, SILVER for Traminette ’13, Chardonnay ’13, Cabernet Franc ’12 & Syrah ’13. Bordeleau garnered GOLD for its Chambourcin Lot 5 and SILVER for Malbec. Congratulations”
The twist is Big Cork’s win with its wine called Russian Kiss, a blend of Russian white varietals and Muscat Canelli. According to the Big Cork web site, “Fall in love with its strong floral notes and impressions of tangy kiwi and pineapple.”
The success of Big Cork, a new winery in western Maryland that soon will open its tasting room, reiterates the potential this region has for growing a number of different grapes. Russian hybrids and varietals could be part of that mix.
Count on Big Cork malbec as a local option to a South American staple
Malbec an unusual grape variety? Not for those who purchase their wine from a retail outlet in the four-state area, where table and reserve malbecs fill the shelves. Indeed, much of what’s imported from Chile and Argentina is malbec.
Big Cork’s Dave Collins sees Virginia’s path in Maryland’s future
Unless you pay attention to the half-dozen or so wineries that are opening annually in Maryland or you live in Washington County, chances are you haven’t heard of Big Cork Vineyards (or BCV, as the winery uses repeatedly on its site).