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Two New Hampshire Wineries Receive Silver Medals in Esteemed National Wine Competition

Sanbornton, NH, December 01, 2011 --( Hermit Woods Winery’s “Three Honey Wine” and Candia Vineyards, “Ice Storm” both came away with silver medals at the American Wine Society’s (AWS) Commercial Wine Competition held on November 8-10 in Rochester NY. In addition, Candia Vineyards won a bronze medal for their “Black Ice.” Considering thousands of wines were submitted from all over the United States, these are no small achievements for two small NH wineries.

Ken Hardcastle, the wine maker at Hermit Woods was particularly pleased as this was the first and only wine he has ever submitted for competition and his first medal. Ken had this to say: “I am honored to have our wine represented among some of the great wines from all over the country and to be awarded a medal in our first competition.”

Although Bob Dabrowski, the wine maker from Candia Vineyard’s, has been making award-wining wine for many years, Bob was no less pleased with his two medals. Bob said “I never take lightly having my wines judged against some of the finest wines in the country, there are an awful lot of great wines out there and to have mine selected to receive recognition among them is always an honor.”

Hermit Woods Winery is in their first year of operation and is located in Sanbornton NH. You can taste their wine in their tasting room in the spring, summer, and fall, or by appointment during the rest of the year or at scheduled tastings. Their wine can also be purchased at numerous wine stores throughout New Hampshire. Visit their website to learn more at

Candia Vineyards has been making wine since 2006 and is open by appointment on almost all days of the year, call (603) 867-9751 or visit their website to learn more. Their wines can also be purchased at stores throughout New Hampshire.

The American Wine Society, AWS, is entering its 44th year, and is the oldest and largest consumer based wine education organization in North America. AWS’s competition for commercial winemakers has been held for over 25 years. This esteemed competition is renowned and respected throughout North America and is recognized by many wine makers as one of the most import competitions in the US. AWS Commercial Wine Competition requires the strictest of criteria and the certified judges who have participated in this prestigious competition have completed a rigorous 3 level course.

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