The corks are pulled, the votes are in, and judges of the Garden State Wine Grower’s Association have named Hawk Haven Vineyard’s Flying Press Red as the recipient of a gold medal.
“It is exciting to have the Flying Press Red, which is a new label for
us, do so well in the competition,” noted Hawk Haven owner and winemaker Todd Wuerker.
In April, Hawk Haven popped the first corks for the public on the Flying Press Red, White and Rosé wines to rave reviews. The story of the Flying Press begins in the early days of Hawk Haven Vineyard and still serves as a reminder that even an ordinary day can hold surprises.
The Garden State Wine Grower’s Competition is organized annually by Dr. Gary Pavlis of Rutgers University. Judges this year included sommeliers, fine wine distributors, boutique liquor store owners, and restaurateurs from across the state who participated in a blind tasting. Over 300 wines were entered in hopes of earning the coveted medals.
“Hawk Haven Vineyard is dedicated to creating amazing wines with high quality grapes being grown here in Cape May County,” said Wuerker.
The competition’s awards ceremony took place at the Garden State Wine Grower’s Association’s Blues and Wine Festival, at Natirar Park in Peapack-Gladstone. The event drew over 5,000 attendees.
The Garden State Wine Growers Association is a coalition of 42 member wineries across the state of New Jersey. Founded in 1984, the association has driven growth through wine education initiatives, marketing campaigns, and annual events.
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