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Friday, October 13, 2006

Childress Winery Races Forward, Takes Top Prize at NC State Fair

On Saturday night at Lowes Motor Speedway driver Jeff Burton will try to hold on to the top spot in the chase for the Nextel Cup for NASCAR team owner Richard Childress, but Childress already has one championship trophy secured this week -- for his winery.

At the North Carolina State Fair the Childress Vineyards 2004 Syrah was named as the North Carolina Winegrowers Cup Winner and Best of Show. The wine beat out 244 wines from 37 wineries to take home the award. Childress Vineyards also won the most medals -- 19 -- in the competition.

Childress Vineyards opened in 2004. Richard Childress, who has won 9 championships in the NASCAR Cup, Busch and Craftsmen Truck series as a team owner, and partner Greg Johns made a multi-million investment in the winery, attracting vineyard manager Matt Chobanian and winemaker Mark Friszolowski to the operation. Like his racing efforts, Childress is not affraid to spend money to build a successful team. He also owns the Yadkin River Angus cattle ranch in North Carolina.

The N.C. Muscadine Cup for best muscadine wine went to Duplin Winery Magnolia, while Double Gold medals were awarded to:

Biltmore Estate Winery BE Chateau Reserve Cabernet Franc
Biltmore Estate Winery Biltmore Estate Syrah
Childress Vineyards Syrah
Dennis Vineyards 2005 Noble Sweet
Duplin Wine Cellars Beaufort Bay
Duplin Wine Cellars Hatteras Red
Duplin Wine Cellars Magnolia
Hinnant Vineyards Strawberry
Old Stone Vineyard Blackberry
Silver Coast Winery American Oak Chardonnay

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