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Critz Farms, Owera Vineyards win medals at international wine competition

Critz Farms Harvest Moon Cidery won silver medals for its Cherry Moon and Heritage Hops hard ciders, and a bronze medal for its Rippleton Original champagne-style hard cider at the recent 14th Annual 2014 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.

Critz Farms Harvest Moon Cidery won silver medals for its Cherry Moon and Heritage Hops hard ciders, and a bronze medal for its Rippleton Original champagne-style hard cider at the recent 14th Annual 2014 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.

— Two local craft beverage producers — and members of the Cazenovia Beverage Trail — recently brought back to Cazenovia multiple medals from the 14th Annual 2014 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.

The Critz Farms Harvest Moon Cidery won silver medals for its Cherry Moon and Heritage Hops hard ciders, and a bronze medal for its Rippleton Original champagne-style hard cider; while Owera Vineyards won silver medals for its 2012 Frontenac Gris and its 2011 Cabernet Franc, and bronze medals for its 2012 Chardonnay and 2012 dry Reisling.

“We are thrilled, really excited because these are the last two of our ciders that have not won awards — so now all eight of our ciders have medals,” said Critz Farms co-owner Juanita Critz.

Critz Farms Harvest Moon Cidery, which makes eight varieties of hard cider from its own apples, opened its tasting room on Rippleton Road in the town of Cazenovia in 2011. Its ciders have won numerous awards in multiple competitions in 2012 and 2013, including three medals in last year’s Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.

The Critzes are pleased by their latest medals not only because their Heritage Hops and Rippleton Original have never won medals, but because competitions are beginning to recognize hard cider as its own category and not keep it subsumed under the wine category, Critz said.

Also, the Rippleton Original was Harvest Moon’s first creation, which gives its award last week an especial meaning, she said.

For Owera Vineyards, its four medals last weekend come barely one month after winning two silver medals at the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Owera’s two winning wines in San Francisco — the 2012 Frontenac Gris and 2012 Chardonnay — also were two of its winning entries at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.

“Owera Vineyards is incredibly pleased with the recent awards, especially since the Frontenac Gris is produced from our very own Cazenovia-grown estate grapes,” said Owera’s owner Nancy Muserlian. “Congratulations to our Cazenovia Beverage Trail partner, Critz Farms for their awards as well.”

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