In an international competition with 4,318 entries from 50 states, eight provinces and seven countries, and 965 hours of judging, one Golden business stood out.
Donna Alexander, owner of Moberly Homebrew 2002, entered her wine into the Winemaker International Amateur Wine Competition, only at the insistence of her supplier.
“She (her supplier) was in the store, and she said ‘I’m not leaving until you go home and get me a couple bottles.’ She said ‘I’ll take them with me, I’ll get them in there.’ So I did,” said Alexander. “She has been after me for a couple years. I didn’t think I ever had a chance.”
It was her first time entering the competition, and she came out of it with a silver medal for her Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico red wine.
“I couldn’t believe it. I was really shocked,” said Alexander. “And I’m really proud of it. It was a big competition.”
The award winning wine is a heavy-oaked, full-bodied blend with a detectable nose of black cherries and dark chocolate. It is currently available at Moberly Homebrew.
“It really is an awesome wine,” said Alexander.
The award comes as the icing on the cake for Alexander, who just celebrated the store’s 10th anniversary in June of this year.