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Historic California Winery in Madera Strikes Gold

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Ficklin Vineyards, America’s oldest Port winery established in 1946 has won gold medals for their Ports at the 2019 California Winegrape Growers (CAWG) Competition and Sunset International Wine CompetitionFicklin Vineyardsentered in two prestigious wine competitions where their Ports garnered the respect renowned industry judges.

Ficklin Vineyards received one of only nine gold medals presented in the California Winegrape Growers (CAWG) Competition for their flagship Old Vine Tinta Port.The gold medal-winning wines presented at the CAWG Foundation Gala helped to raise funds for scholarships available to children of California agricultural workers.

Peter Ficklin, Winemaker for Ficklin Vineyards said “Ficklin Vineyards was proud to accept a nomination for submission to the 2019 California Winegrape Growers Competition. This competition, held in our state Capitol, is not a competition open to entry. All wines accepted into the competition are by legislative nomination only.”

As home of the most awarded Port in the United States, Ficklin Vineyards does not enter many competitions anymore. When they decided to present their popular Rosé Port and higly-awarded Aged 10 Years Tawny Port into competition, it isn’t surprising they selected the 2019 Sunset International Wine Competition developed by Sunset Magazine. This contest draws top-level wines and top-notch judges to create a wine experience widely considered the most prestigious in the United States and open to entries from around the world.

Wines judged came from a field of over 2,600 entries.  Only wines rating 90+ points qualified for consideration of gold medals and were eligible to move on to compete in the “Best of” category.  Ficklin Vineyards Rosé Port received a gold medal; and their Aged 10 Years Tawny Port received a second gold medal as well as the award for Best of Class. Results will be announced in an upcoming issue of Sunset Magazine.

Ficklin Vineyards is a Port winery instrumental in establishing Madera as a California AVA.

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