St. Lawrence Countys sole vineyard and winery is an international award winner after Marchs 2014 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition in Rochester.
Three of the four wines produced at the Bella-Brooke Vineyard, Edwardsville, took home medals from the March 29 to 30 competition which included entries of 3,756 wines from 887 wineries, 20 countries and all 50 states.
The 2012 vintage Frontenac Gris, a semi-dry wine with notes of citrus and lemongrass, took home the gold in its category.
I was very surprised, Co-owner Gary L. Davis said of the results.
Besides the gold for its Frontenac Gris, the Black Lake vineyard also won silver for its Frontenac – featuring a sweet blackberry, black current and plum flavor – and a bronze for its Marquette – a semi-dry wine with a slight cherry flavor.
All of the wine is grown, processed and bottled on location in Edwardsville with wine tasting available for those who want to taste some of the best vintages the county has to offer.
Mr. Davis said that, despite the awards, his favorite wine is the as-yet-unrecognized La Crescent, which offers a honey, citrus and apricot flavor.
Our best wine didnt win anything, he said.
With three out of the four wines the vineyard entered winning awards this year, Mr. Davis said Bella-Brooke is ready to expand its selection with four additional wines.
The vineyard is owned by Gary and Carol Davis and Larry and Jodi Hollister, who started the business as a labor of love in 2008.
Based in a refurbished barn with eight acres of hearty vines capable of withstanding north country winters, the vineyard and winery have become a staple in the region. It has become a venue for private parties, live music and weddings near the lake.
Mr. Davis said the vineyards location has afforded them the opportunity to interact with many of the regions summer residents who come to enjoy Black Lakes fishing opportunities and have made Bella-Brooke part of their routine.
Beginning next week, on Thursday, Mr. Davis said, the winery will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and from noon to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.