Mendon, NY ~ The 15th Annual Finger Lakes International Wine Competition will be held on Saturday and Sunday, March 21 - 22, 2015, at the Rochester Plaza Hotel, with the 15th Annual Wine Auction Dinner to follow on Saturday, May 2, 2015, also at the Rochester Plaza Hotel.
All proceeds from the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition and Auction Dinner benefit the children and families served by Camp Good Days and Special Times.
The Finger Lakes International Wine Competition has become one of the largest wine competitions in the world to benefit a charitable organization. To date: 3,688 wines, from 922 wineries, representing 48 states, 26 countries, and 6 Canadian Provinces have been entered.
All of the wine entries will be evaluated on Saturday & Sunday, March 21 & 22, 2015 at the Rochester Plaza Hotel by a world-renowned panel of 72 judges representing distributors, educators, enologists, sommeliers, restaurateurs, winemakers and writers. These diversified experts came from all over the United States and around the world. For a complete listing of the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition Judges, with photos and biographies, log on to www.fliwc.com/judges.asp.
Throughout the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, each wine is judged on its own merit - its presence, balance and varietal character. Wines are blind judged and all wines are presented to the judges in Riedel crystal stemware. Medals are awarded for the unanimous Double Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze winning wines and all award winning wines will be featured on www.fliwc.com.
In addition to the medals, the JOHN ROSE AWARD, named for John Rose, who worked at Heron Hill Winery, was a strong supporter of Camp Good Days, and lost his battle to cancer, will be presented for the Best in Class Riesling and the CRYSTAL GRAPE AWARD will be presented for the Best in Class Icewine. Best-In-Class trophies will also be awarded for the following categories: Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cab Franc, Fruit Wine and Late Harvest Riesling, along with their Double-Gold medals.
The medal winning wines will be featured at the 15th Annual Camp Good Days' Wine Auction Dinner on Saturday, May 2, 2015. The Wine Auction Dinner also includes an elegant dinner, and a multitude of silent and live auction items. Tickets to attend the Finger Lakes International Wine Auction Dinner are available for $150 per person and Sponsorship Opportunities are still available. To purchase tickets or sponsorships, please contact Camp Good Days at 585-624-5555 or 800-785-2135 or visit www.fliwc.com or www.campgooddays.org.
"If you are someone that loves wine or wants to enhance your wine knowledge or wine collection, the Finger Lakes International Wine Auction Dinner is an event you don't want to miss," says Gary Mervis, Chairman & Founder of Camp Good Days. "As all of the programs and services we provide, for so many children and families who are dealing with cancer are offered free of charge for the participants, special fundraising events, such as the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition and Auction Dinner are vital to our being able to continue that."
*** Members of the media are welcome to cover the competition at the Rochester Plaza Hotel and Conference Center March 21st and 22nd from 9am-4pm. If you'd like to sit in on a flight, let Phil Martello know at firstname.lastname@example.org ***
Interviews with international judges, volunteers and founding competition committee members will be arranged. Many volunteers and founding members have compelling stories about their involvement with the competition and Camp Good Days and Special Times.
15th Annual Wine Competition Highlights
• Largest charitable wine competition in North America
• 72 of the world's top international wine judges—from 15 countries & 17 states—make this a highly regarded competition.
For a complete listing of this year's judges, with photos and biographies, visit www.fliwc.com/judges.asp
• Extraordinary army of volunteers
• Truly a blind judging - judges only know the appellation they are tasting
More information about the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition and Auction Dinner is available at www.fliwc.com.
Camp Good Days, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, adults and families whose lives have been touched by cancer and other life threatening challenges, was founded by Gary Mervis in 1979, following the diagnosis of his youngest daughter, Teddi, with a malignant brain tumor. What was started to provide Teddi and 62 other children with cancer (21 from Rochester, 21 from Buffalo, 21 from Syracuse) with a residential camping experience has grown to become one of the largest organizations of its kind, having served as model for other organizations and cancer treatment centers around the world. Providing residential camping programs and year-round recreational and support activities and events, Camp Good Days has served more than 45,000 campers from 22 states and 29 foreign countries.
For more information about the many programs and services provided by Camp Good Days, to learn about volunteer opportunities, or to make a tax deductible donation, please call Camp Good Days at 585-624-5555 or check out www.campgooddays.org. # # #