STRATHMORE, AB, Canada
Field Stone Fruit Wines, Alberta’s first cottage winery, was once again awarded medals at two of North America’s most prestigious wine competitions this month.
The North West Wine Summit 2009 has awarded Field Stone Fruit Wines of Strathmore, Alberta a Gold Medal in the Fortified Wine category, for its Saskatoon Berry Dessert Wine. This wine also received the Mount Columbia Award for Best of Region. In addition, Field Stone received a Silver Medal for its Raspberry Fruit Wine in the Non-Grape category, and a Bronze Medal for its Wild Black Cherry Dessert Wine in the Fortified Wine category.
This year’s entries to the competition included over 1000 wines from 5 states and 2 provinces that are included in the greater Pacific Northwest. The North West Wine Summit is open to all types of wines and spirits made or produced in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, Alberta and British Columbia. For more information, see www.vinochallenge.com.
The All Canadian Wine Championship 2009 awarded Field Stone Fruit Wines a Gold Medal in the Fruit Wine Fortified category for its Wild Black Cherry Dessert Wine.
The All Canadian Wine Championship encompasses wineries from across Canada. Established in 1981, the competition accepts entries from Newfoundland to British Columbia, and has the distinction of being Canada’s oldest and largest wine competition. For further information, see www.canadianwinetrail.com.
“It’s great to be recognized among Canada’s best wineries, ” says Marvin Gill, partner at Field Stone Fruit Wines. “We felt that our Wild Black Cherry was particularly excellent this year, and we are thrilled that the judges agreed.”
Field Stone is no stranger to prestigious awards. In it’s very first year of operation, its wine won four awards at North West Wine Summit 2006, taking home three Silver Medals for its Raspberry, Saskatoon Berry and Wild Black Cherry Dessert Wines, and a Bronze Medal for its Strawberry Dessert Wine. At North West Wine Summit 2008 it was awarded a Bronze Medal for its Strawberry-Rhubarb Fruit Wine and a Gold Medal-Mount Columbia Award for its Bumbleberry Fruit Wine. In addition, the All-Canadian Wine Championship 2008 awarded Field Stone a Silver Medal for its Raspberry Dessert Wine and a Bronze Medal for its Raspberry Fruit Wine.
In 2005, Field Stone Fruit Wines was the first business to be granted a license under the Government of Alberta’s new cottage winery regulations allowing fruit growers to manufacture and sell fruit wines. Since July 1, 2005, Field Stone Fruit Wines has been a popular destination drawing visitors and customers from around Alberta, Canada, and beyond.