Brad Beam presented the Governor’s Cup for Blush Wine to Twelve Oaks Vineyard for their Hummingbird Dance wine in September 2019. This wine competition began in 1990. Judges are recruited from the region that have a connection to winemaking, the food and retail industry, or research science. Collectively, the judges evaluate between 300-400 wines. Wines are broken down by grape type or wine variety.
“Twelve Oaks Vineyard is one of the newer wineries in Illinois, but their history of quality grape production goes back many years. Owners, Doug and Jodi Palm, have built something really special here just outside of Carlyle, and their commitment to quality grape and wine production has already paid off,” said Beam.
Beam continues, “Hummingbird Dance is a real crowd-pleaser, a statement reinforced by sales in the tasting room. It’s one of the first wines to sell out every year! It’s a delightfully sweet and balanced blush, a blend of white and red grapes, to get just the right color and flavor profile.”
Along with other state-award winning wines, Hummingbird Dance will be served at the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association dinner in February 2020.