Tugwell Creek Meadery wins Silver and Bronze at the Northwest Wine Summit 2008

by Dana LeComte

Tugwell Dreek honey farm and meadery

At the Northwest Wine Summit 2008 Tugwell Creek Meadery was presented with a silver medal for Solstice Metheglin 2006 and a bronze medal for Kickass Currant Melomel 2006. One of the most respected wine competitions in the North America, this is the largest competition focusing exclusively on wines produced in the Northwest, specifically, wines from Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

"The Solstice Metheglin is a big, bold mead that pairs nicely with spicy foods, cheeses, and poultry. Our first release of Kickass Currant Melomel has a rich cassis flavour with intense mouth appeal and a soft honey finish. It pairs well with smoked or rich meats, and cheeses.", says Dana LeComte. She owns Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery with husband Robert Liptrot, 40 year beekeeping veteran and 25 year mead making veteran. Anglo Saxon terms, Melomel literally translates to fruit honey wine and Metheglin translates to honey wine with spice or herbs. Melomel was the mainstay of ancient agricultural communities, their festivals, and traditions long before the cultivation of grapes and barley. Metheglin was reserved for kings and nobility. Tugwell Creek Meadery has been producing Melomel since its inception in 2003 but this is a first appearance for the Kickass Currant. A local artisan meadery, Tugwell Creek uses ingredients that are either produced on the farm or are sourced from other Southern Vancouver Island producers.
" It is exciting to continue winning awards at such a notable competition," quotes Dana LeComte. Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery was licensed as British Columbia's first Meadery in 2003. Its distinctive Meads (honey wines) reflect harmony and balance by blending varietal honeys and berries from the local region. According to Sinclair Philip, Wine Director for the Sooke Harbour House which boasts one of the 75 best wine lists in the world, “the mead just keeps getting better every year and it is an ideal pair with soft cheeses and many desserts.”  Mead (Honey Wine) is the oldest art of fermentation. The term "honeymoon" has been associated with drinking mead during the month long celebration following a wedding in pagan times. Served at to Vancouver Island and Vancouver restaurants, Tugwell's Meads are sold from their tasting room (Wednesday -Sunday 12 - 5 pm) and through select wine stores on Vancouver Island and Vancouver. A complete listing is available on their website www.tugwellcreekfarm.com. phone 250-642-1956 Photos available upon request.

Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery
* Medal Winner -Northwest Wine Summit 2007, 2008*
Bob Liptrot and Dana LeComte
8750 West Coast Road
Sooke, BC, V9Z 1H2

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