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2014

14th Annual Finger Lakes International Wine Competition Announces Winners
Thursday, April 03, 2014

ROCHESTER, N.Y., April 3, 2014 - The 14th annual Finger Lakes International Wine Competition was held at the Rochester Plaza, March 29-30, 2014 in Rochester, NY. Known as the world’s largest wine competition to support a charity, is open to all commercial wineries from all wine-producing countries.

“This year’s Finger Lakes International Wine Competition has the most diverse international group of judges ever assembled on the East Coast of the U.S. to give the entrants the best possible global palate and global opinion.” said Peter Parts - the competition founder.

Over 3,756 wines were entered from 887 wineries, 20 countries, 6 Canadian Provinces, and all 50 United States.

The competition judges awarded 140 Double Gold, 284 Gold, 1,466 Silver and 1,294 Bronze medals this year. Special award categories include: the John Rose Award for the best in class Riesling and the Crystal Grape Award for the best in class Icewine. Awards are also given for the highest scoring Double Gold Chardonnay and for the highest scoring Double Gold Cabernet Sauvignon.

The FLIWC recognized the following with distinction of quality and excellence:

JOHN ROSE AWARD for Best Riesling: St. James Winery Riesling

CRYSTAL GRAPE AWARD for Best Icewine: Debonne Vineyards 2013 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine

BEST CABERNET SAUVIGNON: Paul Hobbs 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

BEST CHARDONNAY: Lafond Winery And Vineyards 2011 Chardonnay

David Male, of Buffalo, NY, certified international judge, served as the Competition Chairman, and Ron Dougherty, of Rochester, NY was the Head Judge. 75 renowned national and international judges representing sommeliers, educators, enologists, winemakers, writers, importers, retailers and industry consultants from around the world participated in the two-day competition which took place in Rochester, New York, about 45 minutes from the heart of Upstate New York’s Finger Lakes wine region.

Award-winning wines will be featured at several public events following the competition, including the FLIWC Dinner & Auction on May 3, 2014 at the Rochester Plaza Hotel to benefit Camp Good Days and Special Times. Billed as the “best wine dinner in the world,” the event attracts more than 500 wine aficionados and collectors. The cost is $150 per person, $1,500 for a table of 10.

All proceeds from the competition and subsequent events benefit Camp Good Days and Special Times, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and families all over the world, whose lives have been touched by cancer and other life-threatening challenges. Located in the heart of New York State’s Finger Lakes wine country, the Camp offers residential programs, year-round activities, and events for adults and children.

For a complete list of winners from the 2014 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, visit www.fliwc.com.



14th annual Finger Lakes International Wine Competition takes place March 29-30, 2014
Monday, March 24, 2014

ATTENTION ALL MEDIA

14th annual Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
takes place March 29-30, 2014

North America’s Largest Charitable Wine Competition

(ROCHESTER, NY)  The 14th annual Finger Lakes International Wine Competition is being held this weekend at the Rochester Plaza, March 29-30, 2014 in Rochester, NY. The competition will be judged by a diverse and highly skilled group of 75 national and international judges, representing sommeliers, educators, enologists, winemakers, writers, importers, retailers and industry consultants from Argentina, Australia, Chile, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, the United States and other wine regions of the world.

“A common misperception about wine competitions is that wines can’t get a truly global wine judges’ opinion because of the local regionality of the judges,” said Peter Parts, event founder and president of Peter Parts Electronics. “The Finger Lakes International Wine Competition has the most diverse international group of judges ever assembled in the United States to give the entrants the best possible global palate and global opinion.”

All judging is single-blind tasting. Judges are notified which classification they are judging just prior to each flight. They do not know the producer or regional origin of the wine. Competition judges are split into panels of 4-5 members and a are allowed only in the Judging Room for the duration of the competition. Teams of highly trained volunteers prepare the wines in the “back room” just minutes prior to tasting, and are delivered to the judges in numbered glasses. Each panel then discusses the wine they are tasting before reaching a final score. Final scores are collected from the judge’s room, and tabulated in the control room.

Special awards include the JOHN ROSE AWARD for best in class Riesling, the CRYSTAL GRAPE AWARD for best in class Ice Wine, the Best in Class Chardonnay and Best in Class Cabernet Sauvignon. Medals are awarded for Double-Gold, Gold, Silver, and Bronze winning wines. A complete listing of 2014 winners will be available at www.fliwc.com the week following the competition.

Award-winning wines will be featured at several public events following the competition, including a charitable gala on May 3, 2014 at the Rochester Plaza Hotel to benefit Camp Good Days and Special Times. Billed as the “best wine dinner in the world,” the event attracts more than 800 wine aficionados and collectors.

So far this year, 3,756 wines have been entered from 887 wineries in 20 countries, including all 50 United States and 6 Canadian provinces, with more entries arriving right up until the competition begins. “Our goal is not to be the biggest competition in the world—but the best, most prestigious competition in the world,” said event founder, Peter Parts.

Recognized as North and South America’s largest charitable wine competition, this event is committed to promoting the entire wine industry—not just the Finger Lakes—and proceeds 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.

Media: you are welcome to cover the competition at the Rochester Plaza Hotel and Conference Center March 29th  and 30th  from 9am–4pm.

Interviews with international judges, volunteers and founding competition committee members will be arranged.  Many volunteers and founding members have compelling stories about their involvement with the competition and Camp Good Days and Special Times.

14th Annual Wine Competition Highlights

 

  • Largest charitable wine competition in North America
  • 75 of the world’s top international wine judges—from
    16 countries & 11 states—make this a highly regarded competition.
    For a complete listing of this year’s judges, with photos and biographies, visit www.fliwc.com/judges.asp
  • Extraordinary army of over 200 volunteers
  • Truly a blind judging - judges only know the appellation they are tasting

The competition isn’t the end of this unique fundraiser. Winning wines will be featured at a gala dinner and auction scheduled for Saturday, May 3 at the Rochester Plaza. All proceeds from this event will be used to fund camp stays and events to benefit children from around the world who are battling cancer.

for more information visit http://www.fliwc.com



2013

Local Wines Gaining Global Recognition
Friday, March 01, 2013

The Finger Lakes International Wine Competition is the second largest wine competition in the United States. It is the largest wine competition held for and by a charity, Camp Good Days and Special Times. Wines from all over the United States and across the world are judged at this competition.

The Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, www.fliwc.com, is one of the reasons local wineries are gaining a presence on the international wine stage.

One of the long time judges of the competition is Rochester’s own Lorraine Hems, a lecturer in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the Rochester Institute of Technology (http://www.rit.edu/cast/htm/). Ms. Hems has been with the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition since its inception.

Ms. Hems notes, “When I started in the industry over 30 years ago, it was difficult to sell local wines when most customers were only looking to purchase European or California wines.  Now, thanks to competitions like the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, people locally and globally recognize this region as a quality wine producer. I've traveled to other continents and people are aware of our award-winning Rieslings.”

“This is a wonderful competition that supports our industry and a great charity. To be a part of the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition and watch the faces of international judges as they watch videos about or visit Camp Good Days and Special Times is priceless.” 

The Finger Lakes International Wine Competition is currently accepting wine entries from all professional wineries. The competition will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 23 & 24, 2013 at the Rochester Plaza Hotel, in Downtown Rochester, NY.   



The 13th Annual Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
Sunday, February 24, 2013

Mendon, NY ~ The 13thAnnual Finger Lakes International Wine Competition will be held on Saturday and Sunday, March 23 – 24, 2013, at the Rochester Plaza Hotel, with the 13thAnnual Wine Auction Dinner to follow on Saturday, May 4, 2013, also at the Rochester Plaza Hotel. 

All proceeds from the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition and Auction Dinner benefit the children and families served by Camp Good Days and Special Times.

The Finger Lakes International Wine Competition has become one of the largest wine competitions to benefit a charitable organization. In 2012, more than 3200 wines were entered into the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.  These entries came from 788 wineries, including 109 New York State Wineries, from 22 different countries around the world, all 50 states and five Canadian Provinces. 

All of the wine entries are evaluated by a world-renowned panel of judges representing distributors, educators, enologists, sommeliers, restaurateurs, winemakers and writers.  These diversified experts came from all over the United States and around the world.  For a complete listing of the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition Judges, with photos and biographies, log on towww.fliwc.com/judges.asp

"The Finger Lakes International Wine competition attracts tourists and wine enthusiasts from around the globe, and New York and the Finger Lakes Region are pleased to host this prestigious event, which supports a great cause. I am proud to participate in an event that supports the great work of Camp Good Days and its founder Gary Mervis, who lost his daughter Teddi to cancer. Camp Good Days is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children afflicted with cancer, and has made a difference in the lives of countless children and their families in Upstate communities," said Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy. "Under the leadership of Governor Cuomo, New York is investing once again in our tourism economy, which includes our wine industry. This event is a win-win that helps Camp Good Days and those that they serve while showcasing New York State wine in this national competition."

“A common misperception about wine competitions is that wines can’t get a truly global wine judges’ opinion because of the local regionality of the judges,” said Peter Parts, Camp Good Days’ Board Member, event founder and president of Peter Parts Electronics. “The Finger Lakes International Wine Competition has the most diverse international group of judges ever assembled in the United States to give the entrants the best possible global palate and global opinion.”

 Throughout the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, each wine is judged on its own merit – its presence, balance and varietal character.  Wines are blind judged and all wines are presented to the judges in Riedel crystal stemware.  Medals are awarded for the unanimous Double Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze winning wines and all award winning wines will be featured onwww.fliwc.com

In addition to the medals, the JOHN ROSE AWARD, named for John Rose, who worked at Heron Hill Winery, was a strong supporter of Camp Good Days, and lost his battle to cancer, will be presented for the Best in Class Riesling and the CRYSTAL GRAPE AWARD will be presented for the Best in Class Icewine.  Awards will also be given for the Best in Class Chardonnay and the Best in Class Cabernet Sauvignon. 

The medal winning wines will be featured at the 13thAnnual Camp Good Days’ Wine Auction Dinner on Saturday, May 4, 2013.  The Wine Auction Dinner also includes an elegant dinner, and a multitude of silent and live auction items.   Tickets to attend the Finger Lakes International Wine Auction Dinner are available for $150 per person and Sponsorship Opportunities are still available. To purchase tickets or sponsorships, please contact Camp Good Days at 585-624-5555 or 800-785-2135 or visit www.fliwc.com or www.campgooddays.org

“If you are someone that loves wine or wants to enhance your wine knowledge or wine collection, the Finger Lakes International Wine Auction Dinner is an event you don’t want to miss,” says Gary Mervis, Chairman & Founder of Camp Good Days.  “As all of the programs and services we provide, for so many children and families who are dealing with cancer are offered free of charge for the participants, special fundraising events, such as the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition and Auction Dinner are vital to our being able to continue that.”

More information about the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition and Auction Dinner is available at www.fliwc.com.

Camp Good Days, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, adults and families whose lives have been touched by cancer and other life threatening challenges, was founded by Gary Mervis in 1979, following the diagnosis of his youngest daughter,Teddi, with a malignant brain tumor.  What was started to provide Teddi and 62 other children with cancer (21 from Rochester, 21 from Buffalo, 21 from Syracuse) with a residential camping experience has grown to become one of the largest organizations of its kind, having served as model for other organizations and cancer treatment centers around the world.  Providing residential camping programs and year-round recreational and support activities and events, Camp Good Days has served more than 43,000 campers from 22 states and 28 foreign countries. For more information about the many programs and services provided by Camp Good Days, to learn about volunteer opportunities, or to make a tax deductible donation, please call Camp Good Days at 585-624-5555 or check out www.campgooddays.org.



Judging Wines in a Competition is Challenging Work
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The FLIWC www.fliwc.com is the second largest wine competition in the United States. It is the largest wine competition held in support of a charity, Camp Good Days and Special Times. Wines from all over the world and from each of the 50 states are judged at this competition. Last year, the competition received over 3200 bottles of wines.

How do judges evaluate so many wines over a two day period for one of the premier wine competitions in the world?

“The judges at the FLIWC are amongst the most professional judges in the world,” David Male, the Chair of the Competition and an Internationally Certified Wine Judge, said. “Not only are they all highly qualified as professionals but they are also amongst the most experienced panelists in the world.”

Among the 64 judges from all over the world, there are wine educators, sommeliers, enologists, wine makers, writers, importers, retailers and industry consultants.

Judge Male explains, “A typical competition is structured so that one judge tastes and rates a course of wines and awards ratings to the each wine tasted. Again, typically, the wines are compared to each other in awarding the rating. The FLIWC has a much stricter standard of rating.”

A panel of four judges rates each flight of wines.Judging is single-blind tasting—judges are only given the classification they are judging just prior to each flight. They do not know the producer or regional origin of the wine. Wines are delivered to the judges in numbered glasses.

Each panel of judges then discusses the wine they have before them before reaching a final score. Final scores are collected from the judge’s room, and tabulated in the control room. One of the unique aspects of this competition is that wines are judged on their own merit - its presence, its balance, and its varietal character - not by how it compares to other wines in the flight.

The judging is based on four levels of excellence: Double Gold (unanimous panel vote), Gold, Silver and Bronze. The most prestigious wine awards are the annual John Rose Award for the best Riesling (dry, semi-sweet or sweet) and the Crystal Grape Award for the best Ice Wine. Both the John Rose Award and the Crystal Grape Award are unique crystal goblets specifically crafted by Corning Glass for the FLIWC. Awards are also given for the Best in Class Chardonnay and for the Best in Class Cabernet Sauvignon.

According to Judge Male, the FLIWC has best post-competition follow-up and support, which means those who enter the competition gain recognition regionally, nationally and internationally. Following the competition the winning wines will be featured at several public events benefiting Camp Good Days.

Most important, the FLIWC benefits a great cause; Camp Good Days and Special Times is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and their families whose lives have been touched by cancer and other life threatening challenges, through residential camping programs and year-round activities and events. The camp is located in the heart of New York's Finger Lakes wine country, on the shores of Keuka Lake. The FLIWC is currently accepting submission from all professional wineries for the 2013 Competition.



Vincent Esposito praises FLIWC
Friday, February 15, 2013

The Finger Lakes International Wine Competition (http://www.fliwc.com)  is now one of the largest wine competitions in North America. In 2010, the competition reached a milestone in earning the distinction of being the only competition to receive entries from all 50 states in the union! This year will mark the competition’s 13thyear.

Vincent Esposito, Executive Director, Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council (), states "The wine industry in the Finger Lakes has exploded in the past 15 years, both in the number of wineries and the economic impact to the region. This is due in large part to the incredible quality of our local products. Events like the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition help unlock barriers to greater economic growth by increasing the recognition of Finger Lakes wines around the world, while also benefiting a wonderful charity like Camp Good Days and Special Times."

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The FLIWC is currently accepting wine entries for the competition which will be held March 23-24thin Rochester, NY.



Mayor Tom Richards recognizes FLIWC's social contributions
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Finger Lakes International Wine Competition is the second largest wine competition in the United States. It is the largest wine competition held for and by a charity, Camp Good Days and Special Times. Wines from all over the world and from each of the 50 states are judged at this competition. Last year, the competition received over 3200 bottles of wines.

"The Finger Lakes International Wine Competition brings out the finest wines our region has to offer and so it is fitting that this event should benefit one of the finest non-profit organizations in our area--Camp Good Days and Special Times,” said Rochester Mayor Thomas S. Richards (www.cityofrochester.gov). “We are thankful for the dedicated services and support that Camp Good Days and Special Times has provided throughout the years to thousands of children and families living with cancer and other challenges, and we welcome wine aficionados to the City of Rochester for this great event.”

The FLIWC is currently accepting wine entries from all professional wineries. The competition will be held March 23-24th in Rochester, NY.



THE IMPORTANCE OF FLIWC TO FINGER LAKES WINERIES
Friday, February 08, 2013

The rest of the world is only now becoming aware of what those of us who live in the Finger Lakes Region have always known: that our Finger Lakes wineries produce some of the best wines in the world. The Finger Lakes International Wine Competition (FLIWC), www.fliwc.com is one of the reasons local wineries are gaining a presence on the international wine stage. The FLIWC is the second largest wine competition in the United States. It is the largest wine competition held for and by a charity, Camp Good Days and Special Times. Wines from all over the world and from each of the 50 states are judged at this competition. Top judges from Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Hungary, Canada, Israel, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Argentina, Italy, England, Greece, Sweden, South Africa and the US will be in town to judge wines for two straight days of competition. And they visit local wineries as part of the competition. Throughout the FLIWC’s 12 years, wineries from the Finger Lakes have competed against wines from all over the world. Finger Lakes Wines have consistently won awards at the Competition, and have gained international recognition for their excellence. The importance of the Competition for increasing the visibility of local wineries is widely recognized by experts within the Finger Lakes wine industry. Dr. Barbara Risser, President, Finger Lakes Community College (www.flcc.edu), notes, "The Finger Lakes International Wine Competition provides the opportunity to compare Finger Lakes wines with wines from across the country and around the world and is a wonderful way to showcase the quality of our products and the expertise being developed here at FLCC and throughout the region" Finger Lake Community College offers an A.A.S. degree in one of the region’s leading programs in Viticulture and Wine Technology (http://www.flcc.edu/academics/viticulture). The college’s faculty and students work closely with the region’s wineries in all areas of wine production. "The Finger Lakes wine region is coming of age. Quite a few Finger Lakes wines recently have won high accolades in California and prominent recognition in Wine Spectator magazine. I truly love New York State Rieslings in particular. NYS is beginning to get recognition on the world stage that they have long deserved. The FLIWC has been a big factor in providing this recognition," says Jeff Stabins, Chairperson, Rochester Chapter of the American Wine Society (www.americanwinesociety.org) and a Certified Wine Judge. Holly E. Howell, Certified Sommelier, Master Court of London (www.courtofmastersommeliers.org), and Wine Columnist for The Democrat and Chronicle (www.democratandchronicle.com), sees the direct impact of local wineries’ participation in the FLIWC. The Finger Lakes International Wine Competition is the most wonderful way to connect our own wine region to the rest of the wines of the world. Not only do we see where our wines stand in the grand scheme of things, but we also introduce ourselves to the treasures of other up and coming regions like ourselves. It is a win-win for everyone!” Most important, the FLIWC benefits a great local charity; Camp Good Days and Special Times is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and their families whose lives have been touched by cancer and other life threatening challenges, through residential camping programs and year-round activities and events. The camp is located in the heart of New York's Finger Lakes wine country, on the shores of Keuka Lake. The FLIWC is currently accepting submission from all professional wineries for the 2013 Competition.


Finger Lakes International Wine Competition Call for Entries
Sunday, January 13, 2013

FINGER LAKES INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION ANNOUNCES CALL FOR ENTRIES

Largest Charitable Wine Competition in North America Celebrates 13th Year

ROCHESTER, N.Y., January 13, 2013— Starting today commercial vintners from wine-producing countries around the world are invited to enter wines in the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition (FLIWC). The deadline is March 9.

The renowned two-day competition is slated for March 23-24, at the Rochester Plaza Hotel, 70 State St., in Rochester, N.Y.

The 13th Annual Finger Lakes International Wine Competition is judged by a diverse and highly skilled group of 60 national and international judges representing sommeliers, educators, enologists, winemakers, writers, importers, retailers and industry consultants from Argentina, Australia, Chile, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, and elsewhere, as well as the United States.

“A common misperception about wine competitions is that wines can’t get a truly global wine judges’ opinion because of the local regionality of the judges,” said Peter Parts, event founder and president of Peter Parts Electronics. “The Finger Lakes International Wine Competition has the most diverse international group of judges ever assembled on the East Coast to give the entrants the best possible global palate and global opinion.”

All judging is single blind tasting and awarded on four levels of excellence: Double Gold (unanimous panel vote), Gold, Silver and Bronze. The most prestigious wine awards are the annual John Rose Award for the highest scoring Riesling (dry, semi sweet or sweet) and the Crystal Grape Award for the highest scoring ice wine. Awards will also be given for the highest scoring Double Gold Chardonnay and for the highest scoring Double Gold Cabernet Sauvignon.
“Last year, more than 3,000 wines from 22 countries and all 50 states were judged,” Parts said.

FLIWC is the largest charitable wine competition in North America. All net proceeds benefit Camp Good Days and Special Times. Located in the heart of New York State’s Finger Lakes wine country, this not-for-profit organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, adults and families whose lives have been touched by cancer and other life-threatening challenges.

Award-winning wines will be featured at several public events following the competition, including the annual wine auction dinner in May to benefit Camp Good Days and Special Times, which attracts nearly 1,000 wine aficionados and collectors.

Wines may be entered online at www.fliwc.com. The deadline for entries is March 9. All wines must be shipped by March 2 and arrive no later than March 9. Visit our website for all competition rules and entry, and shipping instructions.

For more information regarding Finger Lakes International Wine Competition rules or entry classes, contact David G. Male at 716-634-2456 or vinehous@aol.com or Ron Dougherty at 585-414-8279 or rond@cliprofit.com. For shipping and billing information contact Karl Rudolfs at 800-785-2135 or kruldolfs@campgooddays.org.

About Camp Good Days and Special Times, Inc. Camp Good Days and Special Times, Inc., a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, adults and families whose lives have been touched by cancer and other life challenges through summer camping experiences and year-round events and activities. For more information, please visit www.campgooddays.org or contact us at 585-624-5555 or toll free at 800-785-2135.


2011

A Conversation With Peter Parts
Friday, March 18, 2011

A CONVERSATION WITH: Peter Parts

Age: 58
Residence: Williamson
Hometown: Dayton, Ohio
Professional background: Sales
Education: Master’s in business administration from Rochester Institute of Technology
Family: Wife Debra
Favorite Finger Lakes wine: Two, red and white

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