Posted on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 9:34 am

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Adam Puchta Winery received 3 Gold medals, which included a Sweepstakes nomination for Signature Port, 10 Silver medals, and 5 Bronze medals in the Eighth Annual Mid-American Wine Competition held at the Des Moines Area Community College campus in Ankeny, IA.

“The quality of Midwestern wines continues to improve,” said Bob Foster, Director of the Mid-American Wine Competition (MAWC).  These are high quality wines that wine lovers should seek out and try.”

The competition was held July 11-13 and included wines from 15 Midwestern states. Professional wine judges from throughout the United States awarded 100 Gold medals, 171 Silver medals, and 132 Bronze medals. Full results can be found at

“This marks the eighth consecutive year of the MAWC and we have had the distinction of watching the local wine industry develop into a great representation of our region,” said Chief Judge Doug Frost of Kansas City.  “The wine industry throughout the Midwest has evolved into tourist destinations, where wine enthusiasts visit local wineries.  This helps the local economy and area wine industry.”

The judges were selected by Frost, who has earned both the coveted Master of Wine degree and the Master Sommelier title.  The judges, who have over 200 years of cumulative experience, are experts in wine production, service and distribution.

“We’ve continued the fund-raiser for the American Heart Association titled “Affair of the Heart.” The event was held after the competition again this year and wine enthusiasts could sample some of the award winning wines from the 2014 Mid- American Wine Competition,” said MAWC Director Bob Foster.

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