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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

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.

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Ollie Tomasello, owner and winemaker at Plagido’s Winery

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.

finger-lakes-international-wine-competition-16-1-3The 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

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) NV

Villari 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

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