For Immediate Release, April 2, 2015
Niagara County, NY: Nine of the Niagara Wine Trail wineries were awarded with medals following the 2015 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition last week. A total of 3708 wines from 27 countries, all 50 states and 6 Canadian provinces were reviewed by 73 judges selected from over 20 countries. A total of 38 medals were granted across the trail to members Black Willow Winery, Leonard Oakes Estate Winery, Honeymoon Trail Winery, The Winery at Marjim Manor, A Gust of Sun Winery, Midnight Run Wine Cellars, Schulze Vineyards & Winery, Vizcarra Vineyards and Schwenk Wine Cellars.
Out of the 38 total awards, two (2) very important Double Gold Medals, best in class, were awarded to Black Willow Winery’s Classic Diamond white wine and Leonard Oakes Estate Winery’s Vidal Blanc Ice Wine. Both wines have garnered attention in the past as Black Willow Winery’s Classic Diamond was recently featured in a major motion picture and Leonard Oakes Estate Winery was awarded a Double Gold in 2011 and a Gold in 2014 for their Vidal Blanc Ice Wine. Other Gold Medalists included Honeymoon Trail’s Riesling (2013) and The Winery at Marjim Manor’s Cherry Concerto, a cherry fruit wine.
“Having two wineries win double gold medals is wonderful,” says the Niagara Wine Trail coordinator and media specialist, Elizabeth Maute. “Black Willow Winery has been in the media recently for their Classic Diamond wine being featured on-screen in a major motion picture. I’m sure this will only add to the excitement, sales of the wine, and the popularity of this grape in general. And we are just thrilled that Leonard Oakes Estate has won a double gold for their superb ice wine again. We certainly have the right climate for producing ice wines, and these awards prove it.”
A total of 16 silver medals were awarded to 8 wineries ; one (1) to each A Gust of Sun, Midnight Run Wine Cellars and Vizcarra Vineyards; two (2) each to Black Willow Winery, Honeymoon Trail Winery, and Schulze Vineyards and Winery; three (3) to The Winery at Marjim Manor; and four (4) to Leonard Oakes Estate Winery. Rounding out the awards were 18 bronze medals awarded to a total of 8 wineries. The wide-range of these award-winning styles is a testament to the winemaking passion and uniqueness that each winery brings to the Niagara Wine Trail.
A full list of honored wines at the 2015 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition can be found on their website: http://www.fliwc.com/. The Finger Lakes International Wine Competition also benefits Camp Good Days and Special Times.
For more information, winery awards or events along the trail, visit the Niagara Wine Trail online at www.NiagaraWineTrail.org.
Niagara Wine Trail Coordinator