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Plagido’s Winery in Hammonton Wins Best of Show for Its Cabernet Franc in Finger Lakes International Wine Competition


New Jersey Wineries Bring Home 45 Medals

Cream Ridge, NJ – Garden State Wine Growers Association wineries once again shined in a blind taste test against wines from throughout the country bringing home 45 medals in the prestigious Finger Lakes International Wine Competition including a Best of Show for Plagido’s Winery of Hammonton for its Cabernet Franc.

Plagido’s Winery also took home a Double Gold for its 2016 Coeur d’Est red blend and three silver medals, while Sharrott Winery of Hammonton earned a pair of gold medals for their NV Pinot Grigio and 2016 Wicked Port wine, four silver and seven bronze medals.

Other winners included DiMatteo Vineyards of Hammonton with six silver and three bronze medals; Fox Hollow Vineyards of Holmdel with two silver and six bronze medals; Old York Cellars, Ringoes with a silver and two bronze medals; Villari Vineyards of Deptford earned three silvers and a bronze and Sky Acres Winery in Somerset brought home a pair of bronze medals.

The Finger Lakes International Wine Competition (FLIWC) is one of America’s Largest Charitable Wine Competitions in the United States. Masters of wine, Master Sommeliers, wine educators, wine journalists, wine makers, and other top internationally certified wine judges from around the world converge each year in Rochester, NY to evaluate and award thousands of internationally crafted wine and spirits, all accomplished in two days of blind judging.

Here is the complete list of NJ medalists. The full competition results can be found at https://fliwc-cgd.com/winners-2019.asp.

Best of Show

  • Best Cabernet Franc, Plagido’s Winery, 2016

Double Gold

  • Plagido’s Winery, Coeur d’Est, Red Blend – Vinifera + Non-vinifera, 2016


  • Sharrott Winery, Pinot Grigio, NV
  • Sharrott Winery Wicked 2016, Port


  • DiMatteo Vineyards, Blackeye, Grape based, fruit added, 2017
  • DiMatteo Vineyards, Chocolate Raz, Flavored Wines 2018
  • DiMatteo Vineyards Merlot 2017
  • DiMatteo Vineyards Chambourcin 2017
  • DiMatteo Vineyards, Cabernet Franc, 2017
  • DiMatteo Vineyards Diamond 2017
  • Fox Hollow Vineyards, Riesling 2017, Riesling – Dry
  • Fox Hollow Vineyards, Field Master Blend 2015, Red Blend – Vinifera
  • Old York Cellars, 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Plagido’s Winery,Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016
  • Plagido’s Winery, Cabernet Merlot Blend, Meritage / Bordeaux 2016
  • Plagido’s Winery, Reverence, Other White Varietal – Non-vinifera 2017
  • Sharrott Winery Barrel Reserve Chardonnay 2016
  • Sharrott Winery Chambourcin 2017
  • Sharrott Winery Cabernet Franc 2015
  • Sharrott Winery Vignoles, Vignoles (Ravat 51) NVVillari Vineyards, Dry Rose, 2017
  • Villari Vineyards, Chambourcin, 2017
  • Villari Vineyards, One Nation 21 Blue, OTHER Dessert Wine NV


  • DiMatteo Vineyards, Cranberry 2018
  • DiMatteo Vineyards, Dry Riesling 2017
  • DiMatteo Vineyards Traminette, 2017
  • Fox Hollow Vineyards, Pink Flamingo 2017, Dry Rose
  • Fox Hollow Vineyards, Barrel Aged Chardonnay 2016
  • Fox Hollow Vineyards, Petite Belle 2016, Petite Manseng
  • Fox Hollow Vineyards, Cabernet Franc 2015
  • Fox Hollow Vineyards, Petit Verdot 2016
  • Fox Hollow Vineyards, Autumn Harvest 2015, Late Harvest White (24 Brix+)
  • Old York Cellars, 2017 South Paw Red Port
  • Old York Cellars, 2017 Riesling, Dry Riesling
  • Plagido’s Winery, 2017 Rose, Dry Rose
  • Sharrott Winery Unoaked Chardonnay, NV
  • Sharrott Winery Vidal Blanc 2017
  • Sharrott Winery Dry Rose, NV
  • Sharrott Winery Merlot 2016
  • Sharrott Winery Coeur d’Est 2015, Red Blend – Vinifera + Non-vinifera
  • Sharrott Winery Dry Riesling, Riesling – Dry NV
  • Sharrott Winery Riesling, Riesling – Semi Sweet NV
  • Sky Acres Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
  • Sky Acres Winery, Marechal Foch 2017
  • Villari Vineyards, Albarino, Other White Varietal – Vinifera, 2017

About the Garden State Wine Growers Association 

The GSWGA is a coalition of over 50 wineries, grape growers and vineyard owners across New Jersey, dedicated to raising the quality and awareness of the New Jersey wine industry. For more information visit: www.newjerseywines.com.

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