Even though Montpelier missed out on the first place win at the 24th annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Competition in West Virginia, they did place. Montpelier was named as a Clean Water Winner. They say it was “a battle of titans” and The Best Municipal Water Award went to Montpelier who tied with Dickinson, ND. Montpelier is not a stranger to this competition, the Village has won first-place honors for the municipal water on three separate occasions: in 2003, 2006, and 2007.
The entries were judges from 18 states, three Canadian provinces, 12 foreign nations and five continents. The top winner again this year was a Canadian competitor from Clearbrook, B.C. The ten media judges selected by Klein Rone included representatives from various regional and national media including television and online magazines. They were instructed by von Wiesenberger to look, sniff and taste each water under guidelines similar to those in a wine tasting. The water is rated on several things. First is the appearance. It needs to be clear or slightly opaque for the glacial waters. The aroma of the water is also considered, of which there should be none. The taste needs to be clean, light and make you thirsty for more.
For anyone who is interested the 25th annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting is scheduled for Saturday, February 21, 2015. For more information on Berkeley Spring, you can check out their website www.berkeleysprings.com.