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14th Annual Finger Lakes International Wine Competition Announces Winners

Finger Lakes Wine Winners 2014

World’s Largest Charitable Wine Competition, 14th Annual Finger Lakes International Wine Competition Announces the Wine Winners

The 14th annual Finger Lakes International Wine Competition was held at the Rochester Plaza, March 29-30, 2014 in Rochester, NY. Known as the world’s largest wine competition to support a charity, it is open to all commercial wineries from all wine-producing countries. “This year’s Finger Lakes International Wine Competition has the most diverse international group of judges ever assembled on the East Coast of the U.S. to give the winery entrants the best possible global palate and global opinion. If you earn a medal with this prominent group of judges, you are making great wine!” said Peter Parts - the competition founder.

3,756 wines were entered from 887 wineries, 20 countries, 6 Canadian Provinces, and all 50 United States! The competition judges awarded 140 Double Gold, 284 Gold, 1,466 Silver and 1,294 Bronze medals this year. 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. Special awards are also given for the highest scoring Double Gold Chardonnay and for the highest scoring Double Gold Cabernet Sauvignon.

The FLIWC recognized the following with distinction of quality and excellence:

JOHN ROSE AWARD for Best Riesling: St. James Winery Riesling
CRYSTAL GRAPE AWARD for Best Icewine: Debonne Vineyards 2013 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine
BEST CABERNET SAUVIGNON: Paul Hobbs 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
BEST CHARDONNAY: Lafond Winery And Vineyards 2011 Chardonnay

David Male, of Buffalo, NY, certified international judge, served as the Competition Chairman, and Ron Dougherty, of Rochester, NY was the Head Judge. 75 renowned national and international judges representing sommeliers, educators, enologists, winemakers, writers, importers, retailers and industry consultants from around the world participated in the two-day competition which took place in Rochester, New York, about 45 minutes from the heart of Upstate New York’s Finger Lakes wine region.

Award-winning wines will be featured at several public events following the competition, including the FLIWC Dinner & Auction on May 3, 2014 at the Rochester Plaza Hotel to benefit Camp Good Days and Special Times. Billed as the “best wine dinner in the world,” the event attracts more than 500 wine aficionados and collectors. The cost is $150 per person, $1,500 for a table of 10.

All proceeds from the competition and subsequent events benefit Camp Good Days and Special Times, 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.

For a complete list of winners from the 2014 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, visit

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