The Indy International Wine awards were announced on June 28, 2008. As one of the largest wine competition in the US, the Indy International brought in over 3,200 wines from 15 countries. The Indy is also the largest amateur competition in the country and holds the distinction of the largest fruit wine competition.

Seventy-five judges traveled to Indianapolis from across North America to review approximately 120 wines a day based on appearance, aroma and aftertaste. Judges receive the wines in numbered glasses, lessening the possibility of recognizing a wine by its bottle and label art. Wines can be awarded a gold, silver, bronze or no medal. The Indy International Wine Competition is sponsored by the Indiana State Fair and coordinated by the Indiana Wine Grape Council at Purdue University.

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DnA Cranberry Wines Win Medals

A first time competitor, DnA Vintners of La Crosse, WI received bronze medals for all three of their wines: Frost Watch Red and Sweet Paradise in the blended fruit category and Chocolate Paradise in the natural flavored wine category. Diana Hobson states that "wine sales and positive feedback from customers as well as support from retailers provided the impetus to enter the competition."

The Ninth Annual Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

The ninth annual Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. Rochester, New York, announced medal winners for their 2009 competition. Local winemaker Diana Hobson won bronze medals for Frost Watch Red, a semi sweet cranberry wine and Sweet Paradise, a sweet cranberry wine. Ms. Hobson’s third entry, Chocolate Paradise won a silver medal. The chocolate infused cranberry wine is considered “dessert in a glass”.

Nearly 500 wineries from 14 countries entered the competition. Forty five Wine Judges from 6 countries participated in rating the wine. The Wine Judges represented Distributors, Educators, Enologists, Sommeliers, Restauranteurs, Winemakers and Writers.

This event is the world’s largest charitable wine competition and all proceeds benefit Camp Good Days. This not-for-profit organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and families whose lives have been touched by cancer and other life threatening challenges.

Ms. Hobson became aware of winning when a Wine Judge called to inquire where to purchase the wine in the Rochester, New York.

Results are posted for the Nov 2, 2011 International Women's Wine Competition. DnA Vintners Chocolate Paradise won a Double Gold Medal and Best in Class for Fruit Wine. Frost Watch Red won a Silver Medal and Sweet Paradise won a Bronze Medal.

This international wine competition was developed in 2007 after a Vinexpo survey showed that women choose and buy eight out of every 10 bottles of wine drunk at home. The competition is judged by female experts in the wine industry, thus helping professional wine buyers and consumers identify wines that women enjoy.

The field of entries came from all over the US as well as Canada, Greece, New Zealand and other countries.

To see the competition results go International Women's Wine Competition and scroll down to Fruit Wines.

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2011 Wisconsin State Fair Professional Wine Competition: In Wisconsin's first professional wine competition, Chocolate Paradise won Gold and Silver medals. This competition was developed by the Wisconsin Grape Growers Association and the Wisconsin Wine Association.

2011 Indy International Wine Competition: Chocolate Paradise won a Silver medal. Frost Watch Red and Sweet Paradise also won medals in this competition in 2009. This competition is sponsored by the Indiana State Fair and coordinated by the Indiana Wine Grape Council at Purdue University. This international competition draws over 3000 entries from more than 15 countries.

2010 NextGen Wiine Competition: Chocolate Paradise won a Gold medal and Frost Watch Red won a Bronze medal. This is the first ever wine competition directed to the largest growing population of wine drinkers, those in the age group of 21 to 30. The competition was held in Sonoma Co. California and the judges were experts in the field of wine and were all in the noted age group.

2011 and 2009 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition: Chocolate Paradise won Silver medals in these competitions. Frost Watch Red and Sweet Paradise won Bronze medals. This event is the world's largest charitable wine competition and all proceeds benefit Camp Good Days, a non profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and families whose lives have been touched by cancer and other life threatening challenges.

2010 Wisconsin Grape Growers Association and Wisconsin Winery Association Food Pairing Dinner. This event was held at Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells and was in conjunction with the annual conferences of the Wisconsin Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association. Chocolate Paradise was picked to accompany the Dessert course and was paired with a Raspberry Chocolate Torte.

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Chocolate Paradise won a gold medal in the US National Wine Competition. Sweet Paradise won a gold medal in the Women’s International Wine Competition.

Wine Tastings

You can request to taste DnA Vintner’s wines any time at the Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center. Be sure to check with them regarding their business hours.