Press Release: NC MCF Awards

For Immediate Release
May 27, 2021


Flat Rock, North Carolina— JenNis Beverage Marketing organized the inaugural North Carolina Mead-Cider-Fruit Wine Competition.

The competition announces twenty-seven medals, three people’s choice winners, and a Best in Show each in Mead, Cider, and Fruit Wine.

A panel of nine highly qualified judges evaluated the entries by blind tasting, six professional and three amateur judges.

The goal of the North Carolina Mead-Cider-Fruit Wine Competition is to increase awareness of North Carolina’s commercially licensed producers of mead, cider, and fruit wines.

The event is sponsored by The North Carolina Wine and Grape Council, Custom Chauffeured Wine and Beer tour company @Van in Black, NC Beverage Attorneys group @Beer Law Center based in Raleigh, and local wine blog @WineryEscapades.Com.

Judging was held May 24th at the elegant mountain resort The Lodge At Flat Rock just off Interstate 26 in Flat Rock, North Carolina.

Best in Show Mead: Dark Horse – Moonjoy Meadery, Lenoir

Best in Show Cider:  Stayman – GoodRoad CiderWorks, Charlotte

Best in Show Fruit Wine: Blackberry – Twisted Vine Winery, Lenoir


People’s Choice Mead: Autumn – Keeper’s Cut Meadery, Marion

People’s Choice Cider:  Area 61 – Twisted Vine Winery, Lenoir

People’s Choice Fruit Wine: Blackberry – Parkers-Binn Vineyards, Mill Spring


Gold Medal (4):

Dark Horse (Mead) – Moonjoy Meadery, Lenoir

Autumn (Mead) – Keeper’s Cut Meadery, Marion

Stayman (Cider) – GoodRoad CiderWorks, Charlotte

Blackberry (Fruit Wine) – Twisted Vine Winery, Lenoir


Silver Medal (11):

Black “Bear”-Y (Mead) – Wehrloom Honey and Meadery, Robbinsville and Asheville

Royal Blue (Mead) – Keeper’s Cut Meadery, Marion

Honeyed Chamomile (Mead) – Starrlight Mead, Pittsboro

Blueberry Meadjito (Mead) – Honeygirl Meadery, Durham

Barrel Aged Fig’s Oak (Mead) – Honeygirl Meadery, Durham

Almonde Amarena (Mead) – Keeper’s Cut Meadery, Marion

Highway 64 (Cider) – Chatham Cider Works, Pittsboro

Kick-Ass (Cider) – Parker-Binns Vineyard, Mill Spring

Strange Encounter (Cider) – Twisted Vine Winery, Lenoir

Area 61 (Cider) – Twisted Vine Winery, Lenoir

Blackberry (Fruit Wine) – Parker-Binns Vineyard, Mill Spring


Bronze Medal (12):

BeeWizer (Mead) – Wehrloom Honey and Meadery, Robbinsville and Asheville

Everybody Loves a Ginger (Mead) – Wehrloom Meadery, Robbinsville & Asheville

Avogadro’s (Mead) – GoodRoad CiderWorks, Charlotte

Stride (Mead) – GoodRoad CiderWorks, Charlotte

Bjornbaer (Mead) – Moonjoy Meadery, Lenoir

Blackberry (Mead) Off-Dry – Starrlight Mead, Pittsboro

Mead Semi-Sweet (Mead) – Moonjoy Meadery, Lenoir

Melissa’s Gold (Mead) – Keeper’s Cut Meadery, Marion

Blue Byway (Cider) – GoodRoad CiderWorks, Charlotte

Pink Dogwood Rosé (Cider) – Chatham Cider Works, Pittsboro

Project Blue (Cider) – Twisted Vine Winery, Lenoir

Chocolate Strawberry (Fruit Wine) – Twisted Vine Winery, Lenoir

Quote 1 from Dennis Turner

The NC Fine Wines Competition promotes the state’s vinifera and hybrid wines, The North Carolina Muscadine Association promotes the state’s muscadine wine producers. We wanted to create an event to promote and raise awareness of North Carolina commercially produced Meads, Ciders, and Fruit Wines.

Quote 2 from Jenni Turner

We are very pleased with the overall execution of the event, we loved the venue, and we are thrilled with the quality of judges for our inaugural MCF. We hope through our persistence and marketing efforts to generate greater overall participation in the years to come, especially in the Fruit Wine category.




Press Inquiries Contact:

Dennis Turner

Mobile: 864-357-1435


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