ROCHESTER — In its 19 years of existence, the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition has grown into one of the largest charitable wine events in America.

With all proceeds benefiting Camp Good Days and Special Times, the competition draws master sommeliers, wine educators, wine journalists, wine makers, restaurateurs and other top international judges from around the world to evaluate and award thousands of internationally crafted wine and spirits, all in two days of blind judging.

In its first year, the FLIWC drew about 800 entries; today, it draws over 2,800. Judging for the 19th annual competition was held April 13-14 in Rochester, and the Gala that will feature the award-winning wines along with silent and live auctions, will be held Nov. 16 at the Holiday Inn Plaza in Rochester. About 500 wine aficionados, collectors and friends of Camp Good Days are expected to attend the gala.

Camp Good Days and Special Times, based in Branchport on Keuka Lake, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and families all over the world, whose lives have been touched by cancer and other life-threatening challenges.

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