Parallel 44 Awarded One of Top 40 Wines of the World
Last month Parallel 44 Vineyard & Winery in Kewaunee located east of Green Bay, Wisconsin garnered the distinction of being one of the top 40 wines of the world. Its 2016 Frozen Tundra White was awarded a Chairman’s Trophy in New York at the 8th Ultimate Wine Challenge, the world’s platinum standard for wine competitions.
The wine garnering this honor was the 2016 Frozen Tundra White. Frozen Tundra White received a score of 95 points and was evaluated among 1200 wines from around the world judged by a panel of 13 world-class judges including many Masters of Wine, journalists, sommeliers, and buyers.
“When I looked at the email from the competition I had to ask my wife to look at the list of winners again because I was not sure it was real. As I scanned the list every Chairman’s Trophy Winner was from France, South Africa, Tuscany, and Napa Valley. Then I see Wisconsin, and next to was “Frozen Tundra White 2016, Parallel 44 Vineyard & Winery”. He added, “Maria and I take great pride in this not only for our winery, but also for this region and its enormous potential to get on the world map for wine.”
Co-owner and winemaker Steve Johnson said, “We have been saying from day one that our mission was world class wines from local grapes. Now it’s not just me saying this. It’s the world’s best wine judges confirming it.“ Johnson said it gave him a flashback to the conclusion of the movie Bottle Shock which told the story of how Napa Valley shocked the world and became famous when it beat out the world’s best wines in the 1976 Judgment of Paris Competition.
Three other wines from Parallel 44 and its sister winery Door 44 in Sturgeon Bay also received Finalists Awards. Those wines were 2016 Pink Door, 2016 La Crescent, and 2015 Bubbler; which is Wisconsin’s first state grown grape sparkling wine.
“The results of this competition were motivating, but I can guarantee that we will never, ever, ever, rest on our laurels. The pursuit of excellence in winegrowing and winemaking never seems to end and that’s why I love it.” Johnson said.
In addition to this Ultimate Wine Challenge Competition, Parallel 44 and Door 44 received news from three other international competitions. At the 2017 New York International Competition where 1300 wines from 23 countries were evaluated, Parallel 44 was awarded the 2017 Wisconsin Winery of the Year for its 2016 44 White which is an estate grown, produced, and bottled wine club exclusive wine. “44 White is a dry white wine that really expresses the uniqueness of our grapes and our location. I am excited about its potential for graceful aging and food pairing possibilities.”
On May 25, at the Indy International Competition, Parallel 44 and Door 44 received two Best of Class Awards for White Door and La Crescent, in addition to four double golds, which resulted in being the most awarded winery from Wisconsin. The 27th Annual Indy International Competition consisted held of 50 professional judges evaluating over 1900 wines from around the world.
On June 2, Parallel 44 and Door 44 received news from the 36th Annual Berger International Competition, formerly the Riverside International Competition held in Santa Rosa, California. Over 1000 wines were evaluated by the world’s best sommeliers and food & wine writers. Parallel 44 received two awards including Best of Class for its La Crescent and Drink Pink and six additional gold medals. Once again, Parallel 44 was the most awarded winery from Wisconsin. Johnson added, “When I reviewed the medal winners, I was surprised to see that Parallel 44 and Door 44 received more medals than any other winery from the Midwest. But the thing I love the most is that these wines are now standing should to shoulder with the world’s best wines.”