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Door Peninsula Winery and Door County Distillery Win International Awards!

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Door Peninsula Winery & Door County Distillery Win International Awards

Carlsville, WI - Door Peninsula Winery (DPW) & Door County Distillery (DCD) announced receiving national and international recognition for their wines and spirits last Friday.

DPW won Double Gold medals for their Mango & blended Chaos Red wines and Best of Class for Mango. from the Jerry D. Mead New World International Wine Competition. The competition is held in Southern California that is open to wines produced anywhere in the "New World", including all of North America, Central America, and South America, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. And is consistently billed as the only competition in America, and perhaps the world, to pit the best wines against each other to determine an overall best of variety or type.

"Winning Double Gold for any of our wines is a significant award," said Rob Pollman, Chief Operations Officer at DPW. "To have won Double Gold for two of our wines, plus a Best of Class, among such competition is a huge accomplishment and honor."

Double Gold is an award given to the top 3% of all wines entered in a competition and Best of Class is reserved for the best wine of a competition for its category.

"These awards speak to how we truly capture the fruit flavors in these wines," said Paul Santoriello, Winemaker at DPW. "This is the first time either has won Double Gold. I think it's the start of something big. They are nice awards and it's nice to be recognized."

DCD also entered a product into the same competition: Apple Brandy, which took a silver medal. Spirits competitions are few, but wine competitions typically have a spirits category for products derived from wine, primarily brandy, because of the growing number of micro-distilleries in the U.S.

DCD also took silver, for its Gin, and bronze, for its Luminous Vodka, from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. This competition is regarded as the most respected spirits competition in the world by the spirits industry.

"These awards are extremely prestigious medals to receive," said Kyle Thomas, Head Distiller at DCD. "Especially, when you consider they were compared to well-known, high-end, national vodkas, gins and brandies. It's great that, as a micro-distillery, we can create ultra-premium products and now be world-recognized for them."

Apple Brandy and Luminous Vodka were both released last fall. Gin has won several awards since its release in late 2011, including multiple Gold medals. All DPW & DCD products are made locally and are specialty products of Door County. DCD's Apple Brandy is made from DPW's Apple wine.

DPW & DCD are located on Highway 42 in Carlsville and these award-winning products can be sampled daily from 9am to 5pm.

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