Archive for the ‘Wine Competitions’ Category

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Thirteenth Annual Pinot Noir Shootout

To all of my wine pals, I don’t know anyone who works more tirelessly for Pinot Noir than Barbara Drady does. Her Affairs of the Vine annual shootouts are worth your time and energy. I believe in the process of a collective palate, just as I do for individual ones. Barbara’s panels are always worth […]

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19th Annual Pacific Coast Oysterwine Competition Seeks 10 Best West Coast Wines for Oysters

Personally, I believe that an Oregon Pinot Gris is the perfect match for this one… But then, I’m somewhat connected and invested in Oregon Pinot Gris’ success. Still, I don’t get myself involved if I don’t believe in the product in the first place. If I advocate for it, it’s because I love it… So, […]

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31st Annual Riverside International Wine Competition with a Twist

It’s been a while since I’ve touted the virtues of a wine competition; not because it’s not been worth it, but because there’s not been anything new under the sun, in my thinking. I believe in them, regardless of the fact that it involves so many palates and a collective opinion is formed. Having been […]

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Wine Competitions, Are They Still Important?

This is a frequently asked question by wineries just starting out, as their owners are stymied by the fees, the amount of competitions out there, and the ultimate value that competitions play in the wine business. Frankly, name any industry and you’ll find that they, too, are constantly looking for third party endorsements, as that’s […]

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Average Consumer is Planted at Petite Sirah Symposium for Impressions

At the Eighth Annual Petite Sirah Symposium sponsored by and held at Concannon Vineyard this past August, I planted a couple of my friends at this industry only event. Why? I felt that it’s important to get a handle on what the average consumer thinks of Petite Sirah. So, I conducted my experiment in the […]

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What’s the silver bullet, Dr. Vino?

[This Petite Sirah character was created by Appellation America, based on a poem I had written about Petite Sirah. Do you need inspiration, a wine with sensation?] The question posed to Dr. Vino at the Eighth Annual Petite Sirah Noble Symposium this year was, “Can Petite Sirah be the next Pinot Noir?” Or, more to […]