The Judgement of Rittenhouse

If you’ve been following our Facebook page you may have seen our posts about the Wine School of Philadelphia conducting a blind wine tasting in which three New Jersey wines were compared to three French wines. Of over thirty wineries in the state, Hawk Haven’s 2010 Chardonnay was personally selected by the founder of the Wine School, Keith Wallace, to compete against a French Chardonnay.

Does any of this sound familiar? If you’ve read The Judgment of Paris by journalist George Taber or seen the 2008 movie Bottleshock you might recall similar events involving a certain Californian winery in the ’70s. Events that made a huge impact on the wine industry and changed the reputation of Californian wines for the good.

We didn’t win like Chatuea Montelana in George Taber’s Bottle Shock, but we will not lick our wounds, we will celebrate them! We will stand tall, stick out our chests and strut our stuff! For this was a lion’s fight, we are lions and will live to fight another day.

ROAR!!! …ahem…

Well we spoke with Keith after the tasting, and he said that New Jersey did well and that we earned his respect which he admitted, “isn’t an easy thing to do.” Furthermore, our Chardonnay went on to receive a Silver medal in New Jersey Monthly’s first wine competition, and a Bronze medal in the International Eastern Wine Competition. Take that, France!!!

Please feel free to post on our Facebook page your suggestions on which famous actors and actresses should play each member of the Hawk Haven staff in the Bottleshock sequel.

Comments on ‘The Judgement of Rittenhouse’:

  1. I was a participant in this tasting, and I can tell you that I knew it was your wine right away! To be fair, the two Chardonnays were very different. I believe yours was steel fermented, while the French wine was heavily oaked. In the end, it was a matter of personal preference, not wine quality. I think your wine was just as good!

    All the tasters liked both of the Chardonnays that day. Cheers!

    1. Jennifer, thank you and we’re glad you enjoyed it! While we do have a steel-fermented Chardonnay (we call it our American Kestrel White), the one that was in this particular competition was our 2010 Barrel-Fermented Chardonnay. It spent only about 9 months in French oak which might be why it wasn’t as much of an oak-monster. We were very happy it was chosen for this competition and that everyone liked it! 🙂

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