WineMaker Amateur Wine Competition Retailer Offers Additional Prizes and Awards

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The WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition (2005) "Retailer of the Year" is again offering prizes to his customers and wine clubs around the world.

The WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition judging committee (2005) awarded the Retailer of the Year medal to an Elkhart business owner and he states that "I will be going for that award again by offering superb customer service and rewards for my customers" says Mike Lese, who owns and operates Quality Wine and Ale Supply, a homebrew and wine making supply store, operating at 108 S. Elkhart Ave. in Elkhart, Indiana. He was awarded the Retailer of the Year medal in 2005 for having the most customers enter homemade wines in the amateur wine competition which was held April 22 - 24 at the Equinox Resort in Manchester, Vermont.

Event organizers stated, “The event represented the largest and most diverse collection of amateur wines ever assembled. From April 22 - 24, 2005, a total of 2,247 different wine entries from hobby winemakers living in 46 American states, 7 Canadian provinces and as far away as Israel were judged.”

Out of the 93 entries sent in by customers of Quality Wine and Ale Supply, 45 won medals including Grand Champion and Best of Show. Along with the customers winning medals of their own, Lese awarded his winners wine kits and gift certificates making it the largest company promotion ever.

Mr. Lese stated that his customers won a large amount of the 2005 medals and prizes over the three days of judging by panels who worked through over 400 flights, examining each wine using the UC-Davis 20-point wine scale evaluating appearance, aroma, taste, aftertaste and overall impression and he plans on repeating his customers success. The yearly competition is sponsored by WineMaker magazine.

This years entries must be received by April 14, 2006 and full details are available at

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