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FORESTVILLE, NY (March 15, 2011) – Merritt Estate Winery participates in national and international wine competitions annually. The winery recently won gold, silver and bronze medals for its wines in Texas and California despite heavy competition.

The first event was the Dallas Morning News Wine Competition which took placed on February 20 in Dallas, Texas. Bella Ice, an intense Concord grape-based late harvest dessert wine, won a silver medal for the winery. The competition was judged by various wine professionals from across the world including several Master Sommeliers.

The second event was the Monterey Wine Competition which was held in Salinas, California, on March 5. Merritt’s best selling Bella Rosa won a gold medal in this competition and was one of only seven gold medals given to New York State wines. The Bella Ice also won a silver medal among only 23 others.

Lastly, the Grand Harvest Award Ceremony was held on March 2 in Healdsburg, California. The Bella Ice again won a silver medal while the Bella Rosa and Riesling each won a bronze medal. The Grand Harvest Awards are hosted by Vineyard and Winery Management Magazine, a popular trade magazine for the wine and grape industry.

“We’re very pleased to see our Bella Rosa come out of the gate strong in 2011,” said Jason Merritt, General Manager for Merritt Estate Winery. “Our Bella Rosa and Bella Ice display bottles are about to topple over in our tasting room because they have won so many medals. It is always nice to begin stacking them on new bottles,” said Merritt.

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Merritt Estate is a part of Lake Erie Wine Country, located in America’s Grape Country, the largest grape growing region of New York State located along the shores of Lake Erie. The grapes and wines produced under Merritt rival the quality of premium vintages throughout the world.

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