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Round Lake Vineyards & Winery takes 6 international medals

ROUND LAKE — All six wines entered by Round Lake Vineyards & Winery recently medaled in the 17th annual Finger Lakes International Wine Competition (FLIWC). The wines were among the 3077 total entries from 621 wineries in 16 countries judged at the 2017 FLIWC, which was hosted March 24-26 in Rochester, N.Y.

The wines were “blind-judged” during the contest in “flights.” Each glass from a flight delivered to a judge is identified only by a computer-generated code number. Judges then score each entry on its presence, balance and varietal character.

Round Lake Vineyards & Winery’s Brianna took a gold medal. Bronze medals went to its 2015 Frontenac Gris, 2015 La Crescent, 2015 St Pepin, 2015 Reserve Marquette and 2015 Sangiovese.

Scott Ellenbecker, co-owner of Round Lake Vineyards & Winery, explained that an FLIWC medal distinguishes a wine as having exceptional quality and excellence.

“Great grapes make great wines,” Ellenbecker said. “We’re blessed to have vineyards that impart their special terroir on the grape. To have all six of our entries receive FLIWC recognition objectively verifies what our customers know already — these are great wines.”

Round Lake Vineyards & Winery began planting grapes in 2007 and today is a destination winery open seven days a week. The tasting room is open to the public and tours are offered daily. The winery offers event space for groups from 25 to 300, and is located at 30124 Minnesota 264, Round Lake. For more, visit