Carlos Creek Winery wins four gold medals

Carlos Creek Winery in Alexandria received four gold medals last month at the 12th annual Mid-American Wine Competition at the Des Moines Area Community College campus in Ankeny, Iowa.

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The winery also earned two sweepstakes nominations, six silver medals and two bronze medals.

It sent a dozen wines to the competition and all 12 received medals, which according to Carlos Creek is the third time this year that it has gone 12-for-12 at a wine competition.

"These regional wines continue to get better and better every year," said Bob Foster, director of the Mid-American Wine Competition. "These are high quality, affordable and available wines that wine enthusiasts should try."

The four golds from Carlos Creek were Calisota, 2017 Frontenac Gris, Minnescato and 2017 Petit Ami. Calisota and Frontenac Gris were each nominated for the sweepstakes award. Only seven wines from five wineries were given the 2018 Sweepstakes Award.

Carlos Creek had six wines earn silver status: Hot Dish Red Minnesota Nice, 2016 Reserve Frontenac Estate, 2016 Reserve Marquette, Ruby Minnescato, 2015 Vidal Blanc and 2017 Wobegon White Minnesota Nice. Winning silver medals were the 2017 Prairie Star and the 2015 Trinity.

The competition was held July 14-16 and included wines from 15 Midwestern states.

Veteran wine judges from throughout the United States awarded 70 gold medals, 171 silver medals and 150 bronze medals.

"This marks the 12th consecutive year of the MAWC and this year we saw about 500 entries, many of them of serious quality and from an increasingly diverse set of new varieties," said chief judge Doug Frost of Kansas City. "Beyond that, the regional wine industry offers great destination tourism, and is having an expanding impact upon local economies and area wineries."

Grand opening for Hoffman Senior Living

Minnewaska Community Health Services is holding a grand opening and open house for its newest facility, Hoffman Senior Living.

The open house is on Friday, Aug. 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The grand opening will include tours of the building at 601 Carolina Ave. in Hoffman, food and a chance to mingle with friends and neighbors.

Hoffman Senior Living is a single-story facility with 10 assisted living units and 10 memory care units. Amenities include a barber/beauty shop, spa, covered canopy for drop-offs, screened-in porches and enclosed gardens. The memory care wing has a fireside lounge, dining room and serving kitchen, while the assisted living wing has a lounge, reception area and commercial kitchen.