Locally owned Stark Wines receives national award

Stark Wines received one silver medal in the Sixth Annual Mid-American Wine Competition held at the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Ankeny, Iowa Campus.

“These wines were top notch,” said Bob Foster, Director of the Mid-American Wine Competition (MAWC.) “Consumers ought to track them down and enjoy them.”

Stark Wines, 43150 Blackhawk Road, Harris, is locally owned by Mike and Ann Tessneer and can be reached at 651-674-7548 or www.starkwines.com.

“While wines in the Midwest have grown in prestige and success in national wine competitions, we believe that by focusing strictly upon the wines of our region, we can bring to greater prominence the best of the area, and identify up and coming success stories as well,” said Chief Judge Doug Frost of Kansas City. “It conclusively demonstrates that the Midwest is making top notch wines.”

The competition was held July 13-15 and included wines from 15 Midwestern states. Over 600 wines were entered by more than 100 different wineries. Professional wine judges from throughout the United States awarded 104 gold medals, 190 silver medals and 183 bronze medals. Full results can be found at www.midamericanwine.org.