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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.

— Owera Vineyards, which currently produces 12 different wines, had its “first crush” of grapes in 2010 and since then has won more than two dozen awards in various competitions. The winery opened its tasting room on East Lake Road in the town of Cazenovia in June 2013.

The 14th Annual 2014 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, held March 29 and 30 in Rochester, is recognized as North and South America’s largest charitable wine competition, with its proceeds going to benefit Camp Good Days and Special Times, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, adults and families whose lives have been touched by cancer and other life challenges, according to its website. Seventy-five of the world’s top judges blind judged 3,756 entries from across the globe.

Award-winning wines will be featured at several public events following the competition, including a charitable gala on May 3 at the Rochester Plaza Hotel to benefit Camp Good Days and Special Times.

Both the Harvest Moon Cidery and Owera Vineyards tasting rooms are now open for the 2014 season, and offerings from each producer are currently available in restaurants and wine shops across the region.

For more information on Critz Farms Harvest Moon Cidery, its ciders and previous awards, visit harvestmooncidery.com. For more information about Owera Vineyards, its wines and previous awards, visit oweravineyards.com.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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