Cedar Ridge Blanc de Blanc Voted “Best Iowa Wine”


For five years running, Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery has received the most awards from the Midwest’s premiere competition. Cedar Ridge received four Gold medals, which included Sweepstakes winner Blanc de Blanc and Sweepstakes nominee La Crosse. In addition, the Blanc de Blanc received the Dick Peterson Award for being named the best Iowa wine in the competition. Cedar Ridge Vineyards also received seven Silver medals and ten Bronze medals in the Ninth 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 10-12 and included wines from 12 Midwestern states. Professional wine judges from throughout the United States awarded 95 Gold medals, 167 Silver medals, and 167 Bronze medals. Full results can be found at www.midamericanwine.org.

“This marks the ninth 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.


Des Moines Area Community College, a public institution serving the educational and career training needs of Iowans, is committed to the lifelong success of its students. As Iowa’s largest two-year college, DMACC offers 222 programs, certificates and transfer degrees, annually serving more than 70,000 credit and noncredit students on six campuses and six learning centers. Thanks to college-wide innovation, new programs and affordable tuition, DMACC continues to experience solid growth. For more information, please visit www.dmacc.edu.


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