1285 Winery

LEXINGTON -- Several wines from the 1285 Winery won awards earlier this month at regional competition. 

The Lexington winery received three awards last weekend at the 13th annual Mid-American Wine Competition at the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) campus in Ankeny, Iowa.

The locally made red raspberry wine and a sweet blueberry wine, called Blueberry Bliss, won silver medals, and a dry blueberry wine -- one of the winery's best sellers -- was awarded a bronze medal. 

"I'm pleased with the results," said Andrew Beilstein, who oversees the 1285 Winery. "It's encouraging. I guess there's a little to improve on. I'd have rather received gold, but it proves that we're going in the right direction." 

This was the winery's first time competing in a wine competition since opening nearly five years ago at The Blueberry Patch on 1285 W. Hanley Rd.

"We have our legs under us at this point... so I thought why not give it a shot with some wine competitions," said Beilstein, a 2009 Lexington High School graduate.

The Mid-American Wine Competition was open to commercial wineries in nearly 20 states, primarily those in the Midwest. The competition judges wines against each other, and further allows wineries to have their wines judged against "carefully selected food-friendly dishes."

The contest awarded a total of 78 gold medals, 191 silver medals and 107 bronze medals. Full results can be found at www.midamericanwine.org.

“Mid-American wines continue to impress veteran wine judges,” said Bob Foster, director of the Mid-American Wine Competition in a press release. “We saw some high-quality and affordable wines unique to this region.” 

Beilstein said he intends to participate in more wine competitions later this year, following The Blueberry Patch's blueberry season. 

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