It’s in the Bag
A former pharma exec’s invention aims to take the mess out of winemaking.
By Marlaina Cockcroft
Vijay and Meera Singh want to clean up the winemaking business. “It’s just a mess,” says Vijay, a former pharmaceutical executive. “It’s so dirty a job.” His solution: a machine that ferments at the touch of a button. “In a funny way, our wine is made kind of like a pharma process,” says Singh. “Everything is clean, closed, sterile. No muck, no dirt.” At the heart of the process is GOfermentor, a machine he invented to automate winemaking. A number of wineries have given GOfermentor a spin, and wines produced using the machine at Sky Acres, the Singhs’ winery in Far Hills, have been honored in international competitions.
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San Francisco Chronicle Awards
After receiving 7,000 entries from 28 states across the country, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, hailed as the largest competition of American wines in the world, has once again successfully narrowed thousands of wines down to an exclusive few, with our Cabernet Franc NJ 2015 winning Gold, our Black River Red 2015 winning Silver and our Petite Syrah 2015 winning the Bronze.
Cabernet Franc NJ 2015
Black River Red 2015
Petite Syrah 2015
Artisan Awards Wine Competition attracts brands from all over the world. Experienced expert judging panel blind-tasted and judged on 100-point scale.
Petite Syrah 2015 wins Gold
Black River Red wins Silver
Harvest Challenge Award
At the Harvest Challenge, judges taste wines with other wines of the same appellation. Thus, with cross-regional competition removed, the inherent quality of wines can be seen without the influences that sometimes eclipse even a wine of very high quality.
Petite Syrah 2014 wins Bronze
We are pleased to announce that Sky Acres Winery won two awards at the prestigious Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. Our acclaimed Petite Syrah 2014, and our Black River Red both took home Silver Medals. There were over 3,824 entries.
We are happy to announce that we won two awards at the prestigious San Francisco Chronicle wine contest. Our acclaimed Petite Syrah 2014 took the bronze in the under $ 24.95 category. Not an insignificant achievement for a wine made in NJ in our first year of production! There were over 7100 entries, including thousands from Napa, Washington, and other well know appellations.
We also won best-of-class gold for our wine label series.