For the past 20 years, the Finger Lakes International Wine & Spirits Competition has drawn a diverse panel of the highest quality judges from all over the world. They include Oenologists, Certified Wine & Spirit Judges, Sommeliers (CMS), Educators (SWE), Winemakers, Distillers, Mixologists, and Academicians.
Among our panel of high quality judges is Tony Menechella. Tony is a Certified Specialist of Spirits, Society of Wine Educators since 2017 and has over 20+ years of experience with spirits that span the globe. Most recently Tony has presented two Spirits Sessions at the American Wine Society’s National Conference in Florida. We were fortunate to have Tony review some of the medal-winning spirits from the 2020 Finger Lakes International Wine & Spirits Competition.
Royal Hawaii Spirits – Sakura Shochu
“Shochu is typically a Japanese distilled beverage primarily produced from, but not limited to, rice, barley, or sweet potatoes.
Hoku Sakura Shochu, an American Cherry Shochu by Royal Hawaii Spirits, is distilled from grain, and infused with Cherry flavor.
A cherry blossom is a flower of many trees of genus Prunus. The most well-known species is the Japanese cherry, Prunus serrulata, which is commonly called sakura.
Dark cherry initially on the nose, especially at the rim, with a little spice as it opens. A lovely balance of the base spirit and cherry, without any sweetness on the palate, and delivers a long finish. An outstanding American Shochu!”
La Vallee de la Framboise – Le Brochu
“La Vallee de la Framboise’s Le Brochu Raspberry and Black Currant Liqueur is produced in Quebec, CA from a blend of 80% Raspberry and 20% Black Currant. The nose is just a lovely bouquet of fresh raspberry and black currant.
The proportions of fruit used are just right, and very well balanced, with the blackcurrant complimenting the raspberry.
The palate is reminiscent of the nose, but with more sweetness than I was hoping for. The finish is medium – long, and very pleasing.”
Drop Shop Distillery – Orangecello
“Lovely fresh orange on the nose, and as it opens, the rim becomes that orange peel! Just lovely orange flavors!
The mouth-feel and taste are alive with the orange, but also with what I believe to be a Vodka base?
Very well-balanced, with no artificial tasting flavors or sweetness, and in a lengthy finish! Outstanding!”
Each spirit in our competition is blind tested in the NEAT glass, our official Spirit Glass Sponsor for the FLIWC. “NEAT is the official spirits judging glass of over 29 major spirits competitions, spirits seminars and festivals worldwide. Designed to meet the rigors of sensory science, NEAT enhances aromas and eliminates olfactory fatigue, leveling the award opportunity for all entrants.”
The Canadian entry deadline is April 30, 2021 and the United States and International entry deadline is May 14, 2021. Enter for a chance to be recognized among the best wines and spirits while supporting the children and families of Camp Good Days & Special Times, Inc. whose lives have been impacted by cancer or sickle cell anemia. Enter Online Here: http://bit.ly/2FB8gSe