Flickerwood Wins Medals in Charlottesville

Charlottesville, VA – The second annual “Drink Outside the Grape” competition took place in Charlottesville, VA on August 9, resulting in 95 medals for fruit wines, meads, ciders & fruit brandies.

Drink Outside the Grape is a truly International Competition, with entries from the U.S., Canada, Estonia, & India. “Beverages in these categories are often misunderstood or not given the same respect as is given to traditional table wines,” explains Richard Leahy, Competition Chair & Conference Manager of the Eastern Winery Exposition. “This competition gives fruit wine, mead, cider, & fruit brandies a place where they can be judged fairly without being compared to traditional graped-based table wines. The growth in this competition shows that producers of these beverages want to get the word out about the good products they are making.”

FLICKERWOOD WINE CELLARS of Kane, PA won medals with all 6 of their entries: The Competition was judged by industry professionals from a varity of specialties.

*BRUISER (BLACKberry & BLUEberry Blend) Double Gold & Best Fruit Wine

*PINEAPPLE GIRL (All Pineapple) Gold

*STRAWBERRY FIELDS (Strawberry & Ruhbarb Blend) Gold

*FLICKERBERRY DEW (Red Raspberry & Blackberry Blend) Silver

*CRANBERRY (All Cranberry) Bronze

*PEAR (All Pear) Bronze

Winemaker Rick Zampogna states that all of FWC wines including their fruit wines are crafted without water & artificial flavorings, which in his opinion, account for the success of the winery in this competition.

Editor's Note: Posting because wine-making (especially the way Flickerwood does it) is an art.

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