Lincoln County amateur winemaker Jim Steele of Parks City has won two silver medals at the U.S. Amateur Winemaking Contest in Los Angeles, CA, for wines made with Lincoln County-grown grapes.
A member of the Tennessee Viticultural & Oenological Society, Steele won the medals Nov. 23 for Moonshiner’s Muscadine, a muscadine wine, and Blues Brothers, a blueberry muscadine wine, which were his only two entries. The muscadines used in both were grown by Cecil Pearson of Taft. The old-time recipe for Moonshiner’s Muscadine was given to Steele by a longtime Alabama winemaker.
Steele’s muscadine wine had also placed third in the 2013 Lincoln County Fair.
On Nov. 19, Steele’s strawberry and white California Coastal grape wine called Panama Red placed first in the inaugural WineMakingTalk.com Wine Contest. Strawberries used in that wine were grown at Dennison’s Family Farm in Elora.