Girouard Vines Wine Receives Gold and Silver Awards
Southern Cross and Valjohn were awarded Gold and Silver medals in the 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest competition of American wines in the world.
Oklahoma’s Girouard Vines Winery recently announced that two of its new wines — Southern Cross and Valjohn — were awarded Gold and Silver medals in the 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest competition of American wines in the world. Both are among the first wines produced from new wine-grape varietals from the family-owned winery, and are available at local liquor stores.
“These wines are a product of a Girouard family project that began 50 years ago when our founder and my father-in-law George Girouard began growing grapes in his Oklahoma City backyard with the dream of cross-pollinating traditional European grapes with wild Native American grapes to breed a new, hardy, great-tasting wine-grape,” says President and COO Jan Girouard.
“After testing thousands and thousands of seedlings, George eventually selected four of the hybrids (now named Southern Cross, Valjohn, By George and Plymouth) for commercial testing, and those are the four varieties from which these newly released wines are produced,” she says.