4/23/17 – A Dodge County winery won a top prize this week for a unique wine that grew out of a collaboration with another Dodge County business. Edwin Brix Vineyard of Juneau was awarded the Gold Medal in the 2017 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition for Wild Stan’s Strawberry Wine. Vineyard owner Marty Sell has partnered with Stan Kirschbaum of Kirschbaum’s Strawberry Acres of rural Beaver Dam since 2014. Sell says the Kirschbaum strawberries have added a sweet refreshing fruit wine to his locally-grown grape wines. Kirschbaum says he knew his strawberries make great pies and desserts and thought “maybe they’d make a great wine. The Gold Medal proves [him] right.” Edwin Brix Vineyard is Dodge County’s first and only commercial vineyard and winery. Started in 2010, the company produces a wide variety of red and white wines from grapes grown on the Sell family farm located in the Town of Clyman. Later this year, the vineyard will open a tasting room and outdoor deck for sampling and purchasing wine. Tours and tastings are currently offered by appointment. The Finger Lakes competition is an annual event with thousands of wine entries from across the country and worldwide. The wine is available at retail locations in Beaver Dam and Watertown or by contacting the Edwin Brix Vineyard in Juneau.