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Over the years, Carlos Creek Winery in Alexandria, MN has been given many awards, including ‘Best Winery in Minnesota’ by WCCO.
Most recently, the family-run winery was awarded ‘Rosé Wine of the Year’ for their 2013 Frontenac Rosé Wine, also known as “You Betcha Blush.” The award was given by a panel of 45 international judges at the Indy International Wine Competition, held July 30 through August 1 at Purdue University, where wines were judged on appearance, aroma, taste, and aftertaste.
“[Winning this award] was an especially impressive accomplishment given that our Frontenac Rosé was selected over wines submitted from more traditional varieties, such as Zinfandel & Merlot, and from more renowned wineries such as Klinker Brick in California and Trump Winery in Virginia,” say Tami Bredeson, Carlos Creek Winery’s president. “This wine has done really well at competitions all year previously winning Best in Class at Riverside, CA and Gold at Fingerlakes, NY.”
Other categories judged at the Indy International Wine Competition include Best Red, Best White, Best Sparkling, Best Dessert and Best Overall with each category featuring wines from all around the world.
In addition to the award for the Frontenac Rosé, Carlos Creek was also given a Double Gold Medal and Best in class for ‘You Betcha Blush’; Gold Medals for ‘Vintner’s Blend’, ‘Trinity’ and ‘Peach Street’; and Silver Medals for ‘Cabernet’, ‘Hot Dish Red’, ‘Wobegon White’, ‘Raspberry Road’ and ‘Prairie Star’.
Bredeson sees these awards as positive affirmation not only for Carlos Creek, but for all Minnesota wineries. “This type of recognition helps to establish that Minnesota grapes and wineries can and do produce world-class wines.”
Located in Alexandria, MN, Carlos Creek is one of the oldest wineries in the state. A family-run business established in 1999, the winery produces 18 varieties of wine, specializing in Minnesota wines. The winery also hosts events such as “Grape Stomp Sundays”, “Applefest”, and seasonal murder mystery dinners in addition to offering rentals for private events including weddings!
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