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Award of Merit

American Wine Society 2017 Award of Merit Recipient

The Frank Family


  AWS President Kristin  (left) presents the 2017 Award of Merit

 at the AWS National Conference on November 4, 2017.

 Accepting the award on behalf of the Frank Family is Meaghan

Frank and Fred Frank. 

The Frank Family, which has pioneered wine quality in New York, received the American Wine Society Award of Merit in 2017 on the occasion of the organization's 50th National Conference. 


The AWS was founded by

Dr. Konstantin Frank, a pioneering vintner and visionary,  ho received the first Award of Merit from the organization in 1971.The three  generations of Franks to follow Konstantin at Dr. Konstantin Frank winery have continued to lead and inspire with ever-increasing quality and innovation. Willibald Frank streamlined and professionalized the winery, launching the sparkling wine division and being an ardent advocate for all Finger Lakes wine.  Fred Frank continued making quality advancements and refined the Frank house-style. Fourth generation Meaghan Frank has burnished the brand presence, expanded its range, and forged closer ties with consumers.  


Other members of the Frank family, to be sure, have contributed their talents to the family legacy, helping solidify Dr. Konstantin Frank winery position as an industry leader.



 November 6, 2017


Past AWS Award of Merit Recipients


Konstantin Frank, 1971 Hudson Cattell, 1991 Gordon Murchie 2011
Charles Fournier, 1972 Andrew C. Rice, 1992 Jim Bernau 2012
Leon D. Adams, 1973 Vernon L. Singleton, 1993 Dick Naylor 2013
Willard B. Robinson, 1974 Lucie T. Morton, 1994 Gina Gallo 2014
Philip and Jocelyn Wagner, 1975 Alex and Louisa Hargrave, 1995 Chuck Wagner 2015
Maynard A. Amerine, 1976 Warren Winiarski, 1996

Peter Mondavi Sr.


G. Hamilton Mowbray, 1977 Arnulf W. Esterer, 1997  
Harold P. Olmo, 1978 Vincent Petrucci, 1998  
George W.B. Hostetter, 1979 Justin Morris, 1999  
Andre Tchelistcheff, 1980 Ann C. Noble, 2000  
Alexander Brailow, 1981 Peter M.F. Sichel, 2001  
Robert Mondavi, 1982 Marian Baldy, 2002  
Louis P. Martini, 1983 Sharron McCarthy, 2003  
Douglas and Marlene Moorhead, 1984 Jonathan Newman, 2004  
James F. Gallander, 1985 Miljenko "Mike” Grgich, 2005  
Philip Hiaring, 1986 Angel Nardone, 2006  
Richard P. Vine, 1987 Jacques Recht, 2007  
Harriet Lembeck, 1988 Kent Rosemblum, 2008  
Charles M. Crawford, 1989 Zelma Long, 2009  
Nelson J. Shaulis, 1990 Eric & Lee Miller 2010  
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