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We took home 12 medals from the 2015 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition (FLIWC), including a Double Gold for our Brianna 2014.

This year’s competition was held March 21-22 in Rochester, New York and, as the world’s largest charitable wine competition, benefitted Camp Good Days. FLIWC is open to commercial wineries and distilleries from all producing countries and typically sees more than 3750 wine entries from 20 countries. The competition draws a diverse panel of the highest quality judges from all over the world.

We were thrilled to have been among the exclusive few to earn awards.

This was the 31st award for Brianna, our popular South Dakota-grown semi-sweet white wine. We source the grapes for our Brianna wine from Lewis & Clark Vineyard near Yankton, South Dakota, and we’ve worked with the vineyard’s owners, Greg and Muriel Stach, for many years.

Brianna grapes were developed to withstand the cold and heat that our climate throws at it. At Lewis & Clark Vineyard, the grape canes are combed or trained twice a year and are leaf-plucked around the clusters. This allows the clusters to fully bask in the sun, bringing out Brianna’s characteristic fruity flavors.

In addition to the Double Gold for Brianna 2014, we received Silver awards at FLIWC for our Blue Suede Shoes, Calamity Jane, Pink Slip, Anna Pesä Cabernet Sauvignon and Strawberry Fusion wines.

Our Anna Pesä Riesling, Anna Pesä Chardonnay, Apricot, Red Ass Rhubarb, Lawrence Elk and Gold Digger wines also won awards.

This is our third competition win so far in 2015, bringing our grand total since 2001 to 854.

You can find a breakdown of all of our awards here