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April 5, 2013

Sweet Dreams Winery awarded medals at wine challenge

PALESTINE — Sweet Dreams Winery owners Mike and Sandra Pell were happy to learn that once again their wines have won medals in the latest Southwest Wine Challenge. This competition is held for wines made in the Southwest region by well-known chef Harry Hoff and judged by seasoned professionals, wine enthusiasts, and highly trained individuals for the wines grown in the southwest’s unique growing conditions.

It was Sweet Dreams Winery’s first time to enter this challenge. They entered three wines and all three wines won medals in two different categories. Each wine is judged individually. Overall, 70 medals were awarded.

Sweet Dreams Winery’s Summer T Watermelon wine won a gold meal. A silver medal was awarded to the much-sought pear wine, and a bronze medal was awarded for the winery’s red wine Outlaw Red, a blend of wild mustang grapes and Black Spanish grapes. 

Summer T Watermelon has taken the Pells almost six years to develop into what they feel is a good watermelon.

“Since its inclusion, many people have searched it out and fallen in love with Summer T Watermelon. The same could be said of the Outlaw Red. It has become many people’s favorite with meals. And the pear wine is most famous for the peach bellini’s that are offered at Sweet Dreams Winery. It is made from East Texas hard pears and is tough to beat in a sweet wine,” a Sweet Dreams Winery news release said.

All the fruits used to make Sweet Dreams wines are from East Texas. Nothing is imported and all is made from scratch at the winery.

“The wine is bottled on site in the old fashioned way, which brings back good memories of wines made in the tradition of times past. This heritage of old-fashioned wine making is what many of our customers seek and the reason for Sweet Dreams Winery’s success,” a winery news release said.

The winery is open Fridays from 3 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Owner Mike Pell will be ready to start accepting growers’ blackberries as soon as they are ripe, and then the peaches, plums, blueberries, pears, and mayhaws, etc. He also will buy grapes from those who have them locally, the wild ones, Black Spanish, Lenoir, etc. He will need blackberries the most this year. All fruits are purchased by the hundreds of pounds needed to keep the winery  fermenting. The winery will be in taking fruit and grapes through September. Call  903-549-2027 when the fruits are ready.

For more information or directions, call the number above or visit

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