Local winery awarded bronze medals at Mid-American competition

North Folk Winery in Stark received two bronze medals in the seventh annual Mid-American Wine Competition held at the Des Moines Area Community College campus in Ankeny, Iowa.

“The quality of Midwestern wines continues to improve,” said Bob Foster, director of the Mid-American Wine Competition. “These are high-quality wines that wine lovers should seek out and try.”

The competition was held July 12-14 and included wines from 14 Midwestern states. Professional wine judges from throughout the United States awarded 66 gold medals, 155 silver medals and 188 bronze medals. Full results can be found at www.midamericanwine.org.

“This marks the seventh consecutive year of the MAWC, and we have had the distinction of watching the local wine industry develop into a great representation of our region,” said chief judge Doug Frost of Kansas City. “The wine industry throughout the Midwest has evolved into tourist destinations, where wine enthusiasts visit local wineries. This helps the local economy and area wine industry.”

The judges were selected by Frost, who has earned both the Master of Wine degree and the Master Sommelier title. The judges, who have more than 200 years of cumulative experience, are experts in wine production, service and distribution.

“We’ve added a new component following the wine competition this year,” Foster said. “A fundraiser for the American Heart Association titled ‘Affair of the Heart’ was held, where wine enthusiasts could sample some of the award-winning wines from the 2013 Mid-American Wine Competition.”

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