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Proud Winner of our first JEFFERSON CUP


Brengman Brothers received a J-cup for our 2017 Riesling Ice Wine.We also won medals for our 2018 Traverse Coast Blend, 2018 Sauv Blanc and 2017 Left Bank.

Kansas City, Missouri: The Jefferson Cup Invitational has celebrated its twentieth year as the only competition that honors the best of the best among wineries from all of America’s wine regions. Each year they select great wines from across America; the 2019 competition included wines from twenty-seven states. At the end of the second day of this year's tasting, November 15, thirty-six wines from eleven different states had captured top honors. Brengman Brothers received a J-cup for the 2017 Riesling Ice Wine. BB also won medals for the 2018 Traverse Coast Blend, 2018 Sauv Blanc and 2017 Left Bank.

The two-day competition culminated with the awarding of thirty-six Jefferson Cup Trophies to wines made from both vinifera vines (the European species responsible for more famous wines such as Chardonnay and Cabernet) and non-vinifera vines, which flourish in the more extreme climates in the U.S.

These thirty-six prestigious Jefferson Cups, the Sweepstakes Awards for the competition, were awarded to fourteen white wines, fourteen red wines, two sparkling wines, two rosés, and four fruit or dessert wines. “While many competitions insist upon selecting a pre-ordained number of sweepstakes winners, our judges are allowed to find the top wines, whether there are only one, two or three, or even NO winners in some categories, as has happened,” says Jefferson Cup Invitational founder Doug Frost. “In previous years we’ve had muscadine wine and mead as winners, and this year saw two rosés and a fruit wine. There were once again great examples of wine, both from vinifera and non-vinifera grapes." Together with twenty-three other Jefferson Cup nominated wines, these thirty-six wines represent some of the most compelling wines made in America.

Many people have begun to call the Jefferson Cup Invitational, the “Olympics” of wine competitions. This competition is not open to every winery willing to submit an entrance fee. Rather they select the best of the best, culled from tastings and competitions in America throughout 2019. The Jefferson Cup Invitational was founded in 1999 in honor of Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson fathered our constitution, helped champion the international concept of human rights and was a seminal figure in America’s cultural, culinary (including wine) and agricultural history.

About the Jefferson Cup Invitational

The Twentieth Annual Jefferson Cup Invitational took place on November 14 and 15, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Jefferson Cup is a different sort of wine competition, in that it is an invitational in which seven hundred and fifty wines are pre-selected which exemplify top viticulture and winemaking throughout America.

Out of seven hundred fifty participating wines, the judges selected just one hundred seventy-two wines to receive the Bronze Medals, honoring wines exemplary of their regions and varieties,three hundred thirteen wines received Silver Medals, and the judges found seventy-six wines to be worthy of Gold Medals and twenty-three being granted Double Gold Medals. These are truly great wines, reflecting our goal of finding and praising wines of true American excellence.

The fifty-nine Jefferson Cup Nominees included wines from fifteen states. They were tasted by the entire group of twenty judges. Out of those honored wines, the judges collectively picked thirty-six wines to be awarded the Jefferson Cup. And by selecting both vinifera and non-vinifera wines for the Jefferson Cup each year, the goal is to respect the diversity of American viticulture and Jefferson's own acceptance of native varieties and hybrids. Jefferson fathered our constitution, helped champion the international concept of human rights and was a seminal figure in America’s cultural, culinary (including wine) and agricultural history. “In most other competitions there is ‘open’ seating,” says Frost, ”and California represents 90% of the entries. As a result it usually captures 90% of the honors,” he said. “What we are doing is following Mr. Jefferson’s example and allowing every quality wine-producing region in America a place at our table. Each year we select great wines from across America; the 2019 competition included wines from twenty-seven states.”

Following the Jefferson Cup competition, the remaining wines are donated for an annual event that benefits children and adults in need. This year the Jefferson Cup raised more than $180,000 for AngelFlight Central (www.angelflightcentral.org). In more than a decade of assisting AngelFlight Central, the Jefferson Cup has raised more than 1.5 million dollars. We hope that these events reflect well upon the great heritage of Thomas Jefferson.