Where else can you find a category for “best pairing with a grilled Johnsonville Original Bratwurst?”
In addition to a traditional competition of sensory analysis, the Mid-American Wine Competition also has a food & wine pairing category, whereby the submitting winery selects which dish their wine should be paired with. Currently the only competition of its type in North America, the wine is evaluated based on its harmony with food — a wine that may not show well on its own, can really shine with the right accompaniment. This is particularly true for cold-climate wines with higher acidity such as our #mnwine!
Taking home the award for overall best off-dry this past white was Frontenac Blanc from Carlos Creek Winery (Alexandria, MN), and overall best red, was Round Lake Vineyards Marquette Reserve (Round Lake, MN). Also notable, Dancing Dragonfly Winery (St Croix Falls, WI) took home the award for best dessert wine with Lindy.
As for which wine paired best with the Johnsonville? From Monroe, WI — the “Cheese Capital of the USA” — Minhas Winery took home the gold with their Dragons Tears Grand Reserva Syrah. Results of the other food & wine pairings — ranging from chocolate brownies to pepperoni pizza and roasted rack of lamb are available at midamericawine.org.
Other area vineyards receiving medals in the competition include:
Chankaska Creek Winery (Kasota, MN)
Chateau St Croix Winery (St Croix Falls, WI)
Indian Island Winery (Janesville, MN)
Morgan Creek Vineyard (New Ulm, MN)
Parley Lake Winery (Waconia, MN)
Danzinger Vineyards (Alma, WI)
Elmaro Vineyard (Trempeleau, WI)
The Mid-America region includes Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee and Wisconsin.