Sugar Creek Winery Cynthiana Named ‘Best Norton of 2007’


August 18th, 2007

ST. LOUIS, MO, August 14, 2007—A panel of eight distinguished judges has selected the “Best Norton of 2007” from 113 wines and 52 wineries from across the country. The widely acclaimed Norton grape was first cultivated by its namesake Dr. Daniel Norborne Norton between 1823 and 1828, and is the state grape of Missouri.

Judging of the country’s finest Norton wines took place at Busch’s Grove in Clayton, Missouri on August 4, 2007, and the results are as follows:

  • Best in Show Sugar Creek Vineyards & Winery* (Mo.) – 2006 Cynthiana
  • Best of Class – Dry Norton Sugar Creek Vineyards & Winery* (Mo.) – 2006 Cynthiana
  • Best of Class – Port Norton Bommarito Estate Almond Tree Winery * (Mo.) – 2002 Missouri Red Port


Gold Medals
  1. Bethlehem Valley Vineyards * (Augusta, Missouri) 2004 Norton
  2. Chrysalis Vineyards* (Middleburg, Virginia) 2005 Barrel Select 100% Virginia Norton
  3. Chrysalis Vineyards* (Middleburg, Virginia) 2004 Locksley Reserve Norton
  4. Mary Michelle Winery* (Carrollton, Illinois) 2006 Norton
  5. Sugar Creek Vineyards & Winery* (Augusta, Missouri) 2006 Cynthiana
  6. Westphalia Vineyards* (Westphalia, Missouri) 2006 Norton Reserve
Silver Medals
  1. Chrysalis Vineyards* (Virginia) 2004 Estate Bottled Norton
  2. Chrysalis Vineyards* (Virginia) 2005 Estate Bottled Norton
  3. Hermannhof Winery* (Missouri) 2002 Norton
  4. Jowler Creek Winery (Missouri) 2006 Norton
  5. Les Bourgeois Winery* (Missouri) 2005 Norton Premium Claret
  6. Spirit Knob Winery (Illinois) 2005 Norton
  7. Spirit Knob Winery (Illinois) 2006 Estate Reserve Norton
  8. St. James Winery (Missouri) 2003 Norton
  9. St. James Winery (Missouri) 2005 Cynthiana
  10. Stone Hill Winery* (Missouri) 2002 Norton
  11. Stone Hill Winery* (Missouri) 2005 Norton
  12. Stone Hill Winery* (Missouri) 2005 Norton, Cross J Vineyards
Bronze Medals
  1. Augusta Winery* (Missouri) 2003 Estate Bottled Norton Reserva del Patron
  2. Augusta Winery*(Missouri) 2004 Estate Bottled Norton
  3. Augusta Winery* (Missouri) 2004 Estate Bottled Norton Reserva del Patron
  4. Baltimore Bend Winery* (Missouri) 2004 Cynthiana
  5. Bommarito Estate Almond Tree Winery * (Missouri) 2004 Norton Missouri Dry Red
  6. Cave Vineyard* (Missouri) 2004 Norton
  7. Chrysalis Vineyards* (Virginia) 2003 Locksley Reserve Norton
  8. Cooper Vineyards (Virginia) 2004 Norton
  9. Cooper Vineyards (Virginia) 2005 Norton
  10. Crown Valley Winery* (Missouri) 2002 Norton Limited Edition
  11. Crown Valley Winery* (Missouri) 2003 Norton Estate
  12. Crown Valley Winery* (Missouri) 2003 Norton Proprietor’s Select
  13. Hermannhof Winery* (Missouri) 2002 Norton Hermann French Oak Reserve
  14. Hermannhof Winery* (Missouri) 2003 Norton Hermann
  15. Hinnant Family Vineyards (North Carolina) 2004 Beaverdam Vineyards Estates
  16. Holy-Field Winery (Kansas) 2004 Cynthiana
  17. Holy-Field Winery (Kansas) 2005 Cynthiana
  18. Horton Vineyards (Virginia) 2004 Norton
  19. Keswick Vineyards (Virginia) 2005 Norton
  • Doug Frost – Kansas City, Missouri
  • Glenn Bardgett – St. Louis, Missouri
  • Christopher Hoel – St. Louis, Missouri
  • Bob Foster – San Diego, California
  • Rich Bryan – Linwood, Kansas
  • Bill Musgnung-Paonia – Colorado
  • Stephen Menke – Pennsylvania
  • Patricia Wamhoff – St. Louis, Missouri

On September 8, 2007 wine and food lovers are invited to gather to celebrate great wines such as these at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park (Lindell and Debaliviere) for the first annual National Norton Wine Festival.

The festival will last from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Cost for the event is $15 for a standard ticket, and allows guests to sample more than 25 current vintage Nortons.

VIP tickets are $35 and include additional tastings of vertical flights from past top Norton vintages and a small food plate.

Wineries from as many as 12 states will be represented at the National Norton Wine Festival, as well as 25 of the top Norton producers from across the country.

  • Vintage wine tastings in the Norton VIP room
  • Norton wines paired with meats, cheeses and dark chocolate
  • Exhibits including demonstrations of wine barrel-making
  • Access to the Missouri History Museum and Meriwether’s Restaurant

Educational presentations about Norton Tickets can be purchased by visiting or at the door for a $5 increase. Forty percent of ticket proceeds will be donated to the Missouri Historical Society.

Please call Christopher Ruess at 314-369-0432 for more information.

*These wineries will have samples available at the Sept. 8 festival presented by

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