A last hurrah for Mountain Meadows Mead
Peggy Fulder and Ron Lunder hold the four medals the entries from Mountain Meadows Mead received during the 2013 Mazer Cup International Competition in Boulder, Colo.Photos submitted
Friday, May 10 — Once again the honey wine produced by Mountain Meadows Mead medaled in the Mazer Cup International Competition in Boulder, Colo. this spring.
With more than 300 commercially produced meads in the competition the Westwood winery entered six meads and received four medals.
According to Ron Lunder, who co-owns the business with his wife, Peggy Fulder, the 2013 international competition could be the couple’s “last hurrah.”
“We are preparing to retire from the wine business,” explained Lunder in a press release.
The couple has placed the winery and/or brand and equipment on the market and will consider any serious offer. They suspended production two years ago and have been selling down the inventory.
In the 10 previous competitions Mountain Meadows Mead won a total of 24 medals with Honeymoon Nectar winning eight medals and Cranberry Mead winning seven medals in 11 competitions.
During the 2013 Mazer Cup, Honeymoon Nectar, Moonlight Magic Mead and Cranberry Mead won the silver medal in their category and El Dorado Zinfandel Port-style Dessert Wine won the bronze medal in the Pyement category (a wine made with grapes and honey). The dessert wine is a special blend of Mountain Meadows Mead late-harvest Zinfandel and honey liqueur.
Construction on the winery began in 1992 and was ready for commercial production in 1995. In 1996 Lunder and Fulder began marketing the mead.
“It has been an interesting and challenging occupation, but after 20 plus years, we are ready for a change of pace. I must say that I will miss these competitions and may return in the future to help with the judging and to visit with our friends in the mead world,” said Lunder.
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