Local meadery wins silver at international competition

Yamhill's Kookoolan offers largest selection of meads for sale available anywhere

(News-Register staff)  A Yamhill meadery earned a silver medal at the recent annual Mazer Cup International, the world’s largest mead-only competition with 350 commercial mead entries from all over the world, held in Boulder, Colo.

Mead, also called honeywine, is the alcohol fermented from honey. It is almost certainly the oldest fermented beverage on the planet, according to a press release from the competition, with roots in Africa 20,000 years ago, and is also the fastest-growing American alcoholic beverage segment, with 130% year-over-year sales growth from 2012 to 2013, as published last week by the American Mead Makers’ Association.

“Elegance” from Kookoolan World Meadery in Yamhill won silver medal in the semi-sweet traditional meads category. Made by Kookoolan Farms co-owner Chrissie Manion Zaerpoor, “Elegance” is a wine-style mead made using an exclusively cold process from raw honey, propolis, royal jelly, bee pollen, and beeswax. It is full-bodied and smooth, with aromas of the whole hive, and very food-friendly for pairing with pork, lamb, Middle Eastern and Indian foods, and cheese plates. “Elegance” can be tried at Kookoolan’s tasting room, open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., plus anytime by appointment. In addition to their own meads, Kookoolan offers the largest selection of meads for sale available anywhere: more than 120 different meads from all over the world, with more than 30 open for tasting on any given day.

Also winning a silver medal was “Ginger Session Mead” from Nectar Creek Honeywine in Corvallis, which earend second in the session mead category. 

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