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Their work bears fruit

- June 7th, 2012

Alberta may not have the luxury of its own booming wine industry.

We don’t have the climate for it, and, let’s face it, it gives us a good excuse to go visit the Okanagan.

But that doesn’t mean we don’t take the lemons we were given and make lemonade.

Or, in our case, take our delicious summer fruit and make fruit wines. And mighty tasty ones at that.

Add award-winning to the superlatives for Field Stone Fruit Wines.

The Strathmore-based company, Alberta’s first cottage winery, was awarded a record ten medals at a pair of competitions last month.

From the Fieldstone release:

At the NorthWest Wine Summit, an international competition held annually at Hood River, Oregon, Field Stone was awarded a gold medal, three silver medals and four bronze medals to add to its previous honours.

This year’s Gold Medal went to the popular Raspberry Fruit Wine. In addition, the Cherry Fruit Wine, Strawberry-Rhubarb Fruit Wine and Strawberry Dessert Wine took home Silver Medals, and Bronze was awarded to the Bumbleberry Fruit Wine, Black Currant Fruit Wine, Wild Black Cherry Dessert Wine and Black Currant Dessert Wine.

“We are very proud to have our Raspberry Fruit Wine awarded Gold,” said Marvin Gill, Partner at Field Stone Fruit Wines. “From our first harvested crop at Bumbleberry Orchards, we have always maintained that our “Chief” variety of raspberries are second to none.”

Meanwhile, at the All-Canadian Wine Championships, Field Stone’s Strawberry Dessert Wine took a silver medal and the Strawberry-Rhubarb Fruit Wine snagged a bronze.

“It is great to see alternative wines growing in recognition,” Gill said. The increasing number of fruit wines participating at this level of competition is very exciting, and indicative of the public’s ever-growing interest in all things alternative.”

Congrats to the winery. They offer an original quality product in the Alberta market, and despite what some may think, it’s not all super-sweet. Not in the least.

While they do offer a good line of dessert wines, their Black Currant and Bumble Berry fruit wines do work well with burgers off the grill or other beef.

It’s an interesting switch if you’re looking for something different for a patio dinner.

For more info on the wines, and at which farmers markets they may be found, check Field Stone’s website.