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Cameron’s Winery of Northfield receives 5 medals in Big E competition

  • Cameron's Winery, located at 105 Main St. in Northfield, won three silver medals and two bronze medals in 2016's Big E Wine Competition. RECORDER STAFF/SHELBY ASHLINE

  • Cameron’s Winery won three silver medals and two bronze medals in 2016’s Big E Wine Competition. The prize-winning wines are (from left to right): Marion’s Black Currant White Grape, Lime in the Coconut, Betsey’s Lemon Sherbet, Emmy and Ally’s Black Currant Lime, and Pear. RECORDER STAFF/SHELBY ASHLINE

  • Cameron's Winery, located at 105 Main St. in Northfield, produces and serves nearly 150 varieties of wine. RECORDER STAFF/SHELBY ASHLINE

  • Cameron's Winery, located at 105 Main St. in Northfield, has won silver and bronze medals in the Big E Wine Competition in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Their first award came in 2013 when they received a bronze medal in the Indy International Wine Competition. RECORDER STAFF/SHELBY ASHLINE

  • Paul and Leslie Cameron, owners of Cameron’s Winery at 105 Main St. in Northfield, pour a large bucket of chardonel grapes into a sorting machine that will separate the grapes from their stems and begin to mash them into liquid. RECORDER STAFF/SHELBY ASHLINE

  • Paul and Leslie Cameron, owners of Cameron's Winery at 105 Main St. in Northfield, pour a large bucket of chardonel grapes into a sorting machine that will separate the grapes from their stems and begin to mash them into liquid. RECORDER STAFF/SHELBY ASHLINE

  • Paul and Leslie Cameron, owners of Cameron's Winery at 105 Main St. in Northfield, work together to make wine from chardonel grapes. Paul pours juice from the grapes into a vial so that Leslie may measure the batch's alcohol content. RECORDER STAFF/SHELBY ASHLINE



Recorder Staff
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

NORTHFIELD — Paul and Leslie Cameron, owners of Cameron’s Winery, say they know when they’ve produced a good batch of wine because their customers tell them. But winning medals doesn’t hurt.

Cameron’s Winery, 105 Main St., recently won three silver and two bronze medals in the 2016 Big E Wine Competition. It is the winery’s third year competing — and winning.

“Every time we win a medal, it’s very humbling because there’s some great wineries out there,” Leslie Cameron said.

Leslie Cameron said she and her husband submit their entries in early June based on customer recommendations during wine tastings.

“We really listen to what our customers tell us,” she said. “Our customers will be like ‘This one’s a gold, I know it is.’”

Judges rate the wine on its color, clarity, aroma (which the Camerons refer to as the wine’s “nose”), taste and their overall impressions during a June tasting.

This year, Cameron’s Winery submitted six wines. The Marion’s Black Currant, White Grape, Lime in the Coconut, Betsey’s Lemon Sherbet, Emma and Ally’s Black Currant Lime, and Pear varieties all earned medals.

“Everybody always loves (Emma and Ally’s) Black Currant,” Leslie Cameron said. It received a bronze medal in 2015 and a silver medal this year.

For the first time this year, the Camerons will sell their prize-winning wines at the Big E’s wine and cheese barn throughout the fair from Sept. 16 to Oct. 2.

Paul and Leslie Cameron said they began making wine together seven years ago as a hobby, until their hobby “ran amuck” and became a business in 2012. Cameron’s Winery was originally in Swanzey, N.H., moving to Northfield in November 2015. Leslie Cameron said their new venue is larger, allowing them to expand their operations, and is closer to their home in Bernardston.

The Camerons entered their first competition, the Indy International Wine Competition, in 2013 and won a bronze medal. They’ve been participating in contests ever since, and first entered the Big E Wine Competition in 2014, winning six bronze and silver medals in 2014 and eight in 2015.

Leslie Cameron said the judges provide objective, clear and concise feedback that helps her and Paul to make adjustments. However, she never knows just which wine will “capture the judge’s heart.”

Next year, the two hope to enter more varieties and, perhaps, earn the elusive gold.

“We want to strive to be a gold because we make wine for other people,” Leslie Cameron said.

Above all, customer satisfaction is key to the Camerons, who say “our customers are our best judges.”

“When people are coming to buy wine, it’s such a compliment that they’re choosing your wine to include in those precious moments in their lives,” Leslie Cameron said. “It’s better than any medal.”