FORESTVILLE, NY (August 23, 2011) – Employees at Merritt Estate Winery will need to start looking for additional space to showcase awards won this year as the results come in from two more wine competitions. The winery recently participated in the Lone Star International Wine Competition and the New York Wine and Food Classic.

            The 28th Annual Lone Star International Wine Competition was hosted on June 6 and 7 at the Grapevine Convention Center in Grapevine, TX. Competition judges consisted of restaurant owners, sommeliers, chefs and other wine experts all from the state of Texas. The competition acts as three different events in one: a Texas Competition, an International Competition and a Limited Production Competition. In addition to media and trade tastings, the event has added a new aspect that is the first of its kind. The competition offered a Twitter tasting where judges and media members were encouraged to tweet their thoughts and opinions on award winning wines. This modernized social media addition helped to involve the general consumer in the competition and sparked additional media exposure.

            Merritt Estate Winery took home three medals from the  competition. Edelweiss, a sweet and fruity white wine with a flowery aroma and fresh grape taste and Bella Ice, a sweet red wine with intense Concord flavor both received a bronze medal. Bella Rosa, a sweet, full-bodied Lambrusco style red wine, received a silver medal.

            The 26th Annual New York Wine and Food Classic was hosted on August 15 and 16 at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel in Watkins Glen, NY. The competition is limited to wines and spirits from New York State. This year the competition received 726 wine entries and 15 spirits entries. While the entries are limited to a single state, the 21 member judging panel was diverse consisting of four members from California, nine from New York, six from other states and two from the United Kingdom. The competition has become well known as “The Oscars” of New York wine, presenting such sought after awards as the Governor’s Cup and Winery of the Year.

            Merritt Estate Winery took home three medals from the competition. Their Riesling, a clean, crisp and elegant semi-sweet white wine and Sauvignon Blanc, a crisp, dry white wine with tropical undertones both captured a bronze medal. Bella Ice took home a silver medal.

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Merritt Estate is located in Lake Erie Wine 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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