Madera, CA – July, 2012. Peter Ficklin accepted the California State Fair’s 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award for the Ficklin Family on Friday July 6th, 2012, at a gala honoring California wine and vineyard greats. This prestigious accolade is presented for wine industry leadership and contributions to the advancement of California enology and viticulture. For the last 17 years pioneering figures in the wine business have been bestowed with this respected award.
He is pictured with family and several proud members of his staff accepting the award. Left to right are son, Tim Ficklin, daughter, Jennifer Flores, wife, Susan Ficklin, Peter Ficklin, Paige Diffendorfer, assistant winemaker, Robert Simons, winemaker, Liz Wilcox, retail sales director, Denise England, events manager, and Rick Wilcox, marketing support manager.
This has been an outstanding year for Ficklin Vineyards. Their flagship product, Ficklin Old Vine Tinta Port, scored an amazing 98 points from the 2012 California State Fair judges and was awarded a Double Gold Medal. Both the Aged 10 Years Tawny Port and the 1996 – more – Vintage Port received 94 points and Gold Medals. This is the first “Triple-Crown” winner for Ficklin Vineyards. All of Ficklin’s traditional Ports are highly-awarded and regarded in the wine community.
“We are truly honored to be considered and recognized along with previous recipients, including many esteemed industry icons so highly deserving of this Lifetime Achievement Award,” said president and winemaker Peter Ficklin. “The success of Ficklin Vineyards through the years was founded with the dedication of two generations before us, and we look forward to continuing that tradition. Every wine produced here is a direct result of that commitment to quality and family.” Peter Ficklin was also named “Winemaker of the Year” by the Madera Vintners Association for 2012.
Visitors to the winery will enjoy tasting many small lots of Port this acclaimed winemaker has created, both for his PORTfolio Club and to sell to guests. Though the small lots weren’t entered for judging they are unique and authentically made Ports, using traditional methods and grapes. Steve Ficklin, grower of the family vineyard, was also proud of the winery’s award. “My grandfather would have been busting his buttons,” said Steve. “I’m sure he had no idea when he started the business in 1946 that we’d get this recognition in 2012.”
Ficklin will also be opening a second tasting room in Mid-Town Sacramento this fall.