The Grand Canyon Winery recently received awards for two of its wines in a national wine competition.
The 14th annual Jefferson Cup Invitational took place in Kansas City, Mo. on Nov. 21-22. The Grand Canyon Winery's Voyager Syrah Blend won a Medal of American Merit and the Traveler White Chenin Blanc received a Medal of American Excellence in the competition.
This was the first year officials invited the Grand Canyon Winery to participate in the Jefferson Cup Invitational.
"It's really a prestigious wine competition," said Grand Canyon Winery owner John Kennelly. "Basically anybody that's involved in wine wants to get their wines in there to get an award."
According to a press release, "This competition is not open to every winery willing to submit an entrance fee. Rather we select the best of the best, culled from tastings and competitions in America throughout 2013."
Eight Master Sommeliers did blind tastings of the wines to determine the winners at the invitational.
Twenty-five wines received the top honor, the Jefferson Cup Award.
Out of more than 700 chosen wines, just more than 300 wines received the Medal of American Merit, including the Grand Canyon Winery's Voyager Syrah Blend. This award "respects wines exemplary of their regions and varieties, and is comparable to a Silver Medal at most competitions," according to the press release.
Then the judges chose 167 wines to receive Medals of American Excellence, including the Grand Canyon Winery's Traveler White Chenin Blanc. According to the press release, this award went to "truly excellent wines, roughly equivalent to Gold Medals in other competitions."
The roughly 700 wines in this year's Jefferson Cup Invitational came from 22 states.
"We were up there with a lot of really good wines from all over the country like California and Oregon and Washington - really good wines, and we placed right alongside next to them," Kennelly said.
He credited the awards to winemaker Eric Glomski, who creates "amazing" wines for Grand Canyon Winery.
Earning the two awards at the Jefferson Cup Invitational means a lot to the winery, Kennelly said.
"When you place in something like that, it tells people that are in the wine industry that you have a really good product and that people stand behind it and they believe in it," he said.
The Grand Canyon Winery's tasting room is open every day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at 238 W. Route 66. More information is available at www.thegrandcanyonwinery.com.