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The Golden Drop Wins Silver

June 2014

This client profile is published with the permission of Honeydew Apiaries.
 
Daniel Ficza is better known locally for the fine honey produced at Honeydew Apiaries, Canoe Cove, PE, however, he has been producing his traditional mead wine under license since 2008. Mead is wine made with honey as its base rather than grapes. Daniel recently received international recognition at the 2014 Mazer Cup International Mead Competition. This is the largest mead competition in the world held in Colorado each year. 

Mr. Ficza entered "The Golden Drop" in the Mazer Cup to see how his product would measure up in competition with larger scale commercial meaderies. He is pleased with receiving the Silver Medal in the Traditional Dry Mead category. Daniel said, "As a small producer I was very pleased to have my mead recognized in such a prestigious competition." 

As the only licensed mead maker on PEI, Daniel Ficza attended an Artisan Fermentation Workshop held at BioFoodTech in February to learn more about this craft. Since there are very few meaderies in the Maritimes, it was a good opportunity for him to meet with other vintners to discuss processing methods and learn about potential new products to make. Expert trainers from the Artisan Craft Distilling Institute, WA, taught the course at BioFoodTech. Daniel said, "It was very interesting and helpful to learn from and talk to the experts. The highlight for me was discovering how to turn the fermented product into vinegar." Mr. Ficza is currently working, with technical assistance from BioFoodTech, to develop a mead vinegar.
 
The Golden Drop is available in most PEI Liquor Stores and at the farm located at 6718 Route 19, Canoe Cove. Contact Daniel Ficza at peihoneywine@gmail.com.