The Largest Charitable Wine Competition in North America Celebrates Record Turnout
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Wednesday, March 30, 2011 – A total of 3,298 wines from 788 wineries, 19 countries, 6 Canadian provinces, and all 50 states entered to compete for awards in the 11th Annual Finger Lakes International Wine Competition (FLIWC) – the most wines entered to-date in the history of this competition.
“The Finger Lakes International Wine Competition is the largest wine competition in the world supporting a single charity,” said event founder, Peter Parts. “This year, we reached a milestone in entries. If you put all the wine that was sent in for this competition end-to-end, it would extend more than 2 and a half miles. This is the best turnout we have received to-date and what’s more is all proceeds benefit Camp Good Days & Special Times — more support to people who need it most.”
Sixty renowned national and international judges from 15 countries participated in the two-day competition March 26 and 27, which took place in Rochester, N.Y., about 45 minutes from the heart of Upstate New York’s Finger Lakes wine region. David G. Male, of Buffalo, N.Y., certified international judge, served as the competition chairman. Ron Dougherty of Rochester, N.Y., was the Assistant Competition Chairman.
The judges awarded 76 Double Gold, 261 Gold, 1,028 Silver and 1,326 Bronze medals. Special award categories include: the John Rose Award for the best in class Riesling and the Crystal Grape Award for the best in class Icewine. Awards are also given for the highest-scoring Double Gold Chardonnay and for the highest-scoring Double Gold Cabernet Sauvignon.
The highest honors were awarded to:
JOHN ROSE AWARD: Zugibe 2009 Finger Lakes Late Harvest Riesling
CRYSTAL GRAPE AWARD: Vignoble Riviére du Chêne, 2009 Monde Vidal
BEST CABERNET: J. Lohr 2007 Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon
BEST CHARDONNAY: Santa Barbara Winery 2008 Chardonnay
A complete list of the 2011 medal winners is listed on www.fliwc.com.
The event culminates with the Annual Camp Good Days Wine Auction & Dinner on Saturday, May 7, at the Rochester Plaza, Rochester, N.Y. The largest medal winning wine dinner and wine auction in Rochester’s history features 250 Double Gold, Gold and Silver Medal winners of the competition from around the world. In addition, 60 live auction lots and more than 200 silent auction lots include FLIWC medal winning wines, plus rare wines from private collections, and other fabulous items.
The beneficiary of the event, Camp Good Days and Special Times, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and families all over the world, whose lives have been touched by cancer and other life-threatening challenges. Located in the heart of New York State’s Finger Lakes wine country, the Camp offers residential programs, year-round activities, and events for adults and children.
“Out of 33 major commercial wine competitions in North America, this is the second-largest,” said Parts. “But, the best part is, from the money we raised last year over 350 kids were able to go to Camp Good Days & Special Times free of charge.”