Alaska Wineries Shine in International Medal Competitions
Three Alaska Wineries Win Multiple Medals
At the Mazer Cup International Mead Cup Competition held recently in Colorado, two Alaska Meaderies took home an impressive fourteen medals.
Celestial Meads of Anchorage won an amazing nine medals and Ring of Fire Meadery in Homer was awarded five medals, three of them Gold. The Alaska Meaderies finished 1st and 2nd respectively in medals awarded.
The Mazer Cup (meadfest.com) is an International Honey Wine competition with over 170 entries this year. It is considered one of the top mead contests and attracts entries from as far away as Nicaragua, Poland and the Philippines.
"This is a great honor for local, Homer-grown agricultural products" said the Livingstons, owners of the Ring of Fire Meadery.
"Mead is coming into its own again and it's great to be able to participate in the resurgence of this delectable and noble beverage" said Mike Kiker, owner of Celestial Meads of Anchorage.
Also over the weekend, Bear Creek Winery of Homer won five medals at the prestigious Finger Lakes International Wine Competition in New York. (fliwc.com).
The Finger Lakes Contest had over 3,000 entries from all fifty States as well as Canada and Overseas. Nearly 700 wineries in all competed. It is a benefit for "Camp Good Days", a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children whose lives have been touched by cancer.
"This is great for Alaska, our fruit and berries are unmatched. Folks are taking notice, some bottle shock took place, I would think" said Bill Fry, co-owner of Bear Creek Winery.