Bartlett Maine Estate Winery’s Blueberry Dry won the second annual Blueberry Wine Competition hosted by The Badger Cafe and Pub in Union.

Owned and operated by chef Michael and Christy Badger Greer, the cafe hosted its second annual Wild Maine Blueberry Wine Competition last week. Five Maine wineries entered this year’s competition: Savage Oakes Vineyard & Winery, Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery, Dragonfly Farm & Winery, Cellardoor Winery & Vineyards, and Bartlett Maine Estate Winery.

The event began with some tasty treats prepared by Chef Michael: fried squash blossoms stuffed with local goat cheese and blueberries, homemade berry salsa (blueberry, blackberry and local peach) with chips, and a local cheese and fruit platter.

The judges were asked to choose one champion among 12 wines that were entered. The 100 percent wild Maine blueberry wines ranged in style from dry to sweet. The judges were Lani Temple, owner of Megunticook Market in Camden; Sarah Greer and Jane Carr, local food and wine entrepreneurs; Peg Laurita of Wicked Wines; Melissa McClure of Moose Crossing Garden Center; and stand-in Jim Stiles, Lani Temple’s father.

The judges chose Bartlett Estate Winery (of Gouldsboro) Blueberry Dry as this year’s champ. A hint of blueberry with a touch of oak, the judges felt this best represented all of the wines entered. Two others were chosen to be noted as standout wines: Bartlett’s Sweet and Cellardoor’s Treasure.

The Maine Blueberry Wine Champion will be available by the glass at The Badger Cafe and Pub and the winner will hold the Badger Cup for a full year. The cup will be on display at the new wine pavilion during the Union Fair through Aug. 28.

Bartlett Maine Estate Winery is just off of Route 1, 23 miles east of Ellsworth, in the town of Gouldsboro. Kathe and Bob Bartlett opened their winery in 1983. For more information visit

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