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July 1, 2014

3 Cheers! Sweet Dreams Winery 'racking up' awards at competitions

PALESTINE —

Sweet Dreams Winery, owned by Mike and Sandra Pell of Palestine, has been racking up the awards this year, with its wines winning medals in three international competitions this year.

At the 30th Texas Lone Star International Competition held this summer, Sweet Dreams Winery received two bronze medals and one gold medal. The two bronze medal winners were for its Outlaw Red and the Plum Rose wines. The gold medal winner was for its Sweet Heat jalapeno wine. In total, there were 514 wines judged from around the world in 30-plus categories.

Sweet Dreams Winery also won four medals in the Dallas Morning News International Competition — two bronze medals for its Pawpaw's Mayhaw and Summer T (watermelon) wines and two silver medals for its Honey Pear and Sweet Heat jalapeno wines. In total, there were 1,708 wines entered from 27 states and 20 foreign countries, using 2,729 judges. Approximately 227 gold medals, 629 silver medals and 852 bronze winners were awarded.

At the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition earlier this year, Sweet Dreams Winery won a bronze medal for its Summer Daze sangria wine and a silver medal for its Honey Pear wine.

“These medals comprise 39 medals for our wines in the past nearly eight years that we have been open and entering challenges,” Mike Pell said. “We also have won New York City ranking of Texas Winery of the Year for 2012 and have won the Taste of Palestine Best Winery four out of five years.

“We also have won the Palestine Herald-Press Reader's Choice award for Best Winery in Palestine and the Montgomery, Texas Wine Festival People's Choice out of 20 wineries,” Mike Pell continued.

Sweet Dreams Winery is located 12 miles outside of Palestine off Farm-to-Market Road 315.

“Come out and enjoy our country setting and relax with some of our sweet wines or winearitas or light blenders frozen concoctions of deliciousness,” Mike Pell said. “You may bring your own food or try a small selection of our sandwiches or cook your own food at our barbecue pavilion. We offer music every Saturday night from 5 to 8 p.m of varying varieties.”

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