Mendon, NY ~ The 15th Annual Finger Lakes International Wine Competition was 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. The final number of entries: 3,705 wines, from 927 wineries, representing 50 states, 26 countries, and 6 Canadian Provinces were entered.
All of the wine entries were 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 was judged on its own merit - its presence, balance and varietal character. Wines were blind judged and all wines were presented to the judges in Riedel crystal stemware. Medals were awarded for the unanimous Double Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze winning wines and all award winning wines will be featured on www.fliwc.com.
This year's Award Winners:
John Rose Award Winner: 2013 Dr. Konstantin Frank Semi-Dry Riesling, New York
The John Rose Award is named after John Rose, who worked at Heron Hill Winery and lost his battle to cancer. He was a strong Camp Good Days supporter. The John Rose Award is presented to the Best in Class Riesling.
The Crystal Grape Award Winner: 2014 Sheldrake Point Winery Riesling Icewine, New York
The Crystal Grape Award is presented to the Best in Class Icewine.
Best in Class Chardonnay: 2013 Bonterra Chardonnay, Fetzer Vineyards, California
Best in Class Cabernet Sauvignon: 2011 Los Pinos Ranch and Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Los Pinos Ranch and Vineyards, Texas
Best in Class Merlot: 2012 Sempre Vive Merlot, Romeo Vineyards and Cellars, California
Best in Class Cab Franc: 2012 Boordy Vineyards Cabernet Franc, Boordy Vineyards, Maryland
Best in Class Fruit Wine: 21 Brix Raspberry, 21 Brix Winery, New York
New York State wines won 534 medals at the 15th Annual Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. New York State wines won 22 Double Gold medals.
For a full list of medal winners, visit: http://www.fliwc.com/2015results
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.