I can’t think of a better way to kick off Rosé Month on The Wine Atelier Podcast than with the fabulous Shari Gherman, President of the prestigious American Fine Wine Competition and co-collaborator on the 2018 Rosé Competition which took place recently here in South Florida.
As a Judge for the AFWC for many years I was thrilled to hear of Shari’s latest endeavor. Her sparkling personality and decade plus experience successfully running the AFWC made Shari the perfect partner for Bob Ecker, founder of The Rosé Competition. And out of the almost two hundred bottles of rosé submitted from around the globe, the results of the competition surprised the wine world! Despite the many pricey bottles submitted, the winner of Best of Show Sparkling Rosé was the J Vineyards Russian River Valley Brut Rosé ($45), while Best in Show Dry Rosé went to the Sauska Rosé Cuvée ($15) from Hungary – YES, you heard me – HUNGARY!!!
For even more on the exciting results of the 2018 Rosé Competition, and to hear some of Shari’s favorite rosé producers (as well as her favorite rosé food pairing!) please pour yourself a glass of something pink and hit the play button above! Also, as promised, I’ve included links to resources mentioned in this episode, as well as the dates of two upcoming wine events you won’t want to miss (see below).
Many thanks to Shari Gherman for taking the time to chat with me and I hope to see you wine lovers at the AFWC Gala on May 5th (please see special discount code below!) and/or the Rosé Day Celebration at Robovault on June 8th!
RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
1.) Results of the 2018 Rosé Competition
2.) Results of the 2018 American Fine Wine Competition
3.) The 2018 American Fine Wine Competition Gala Saturday, May 5th, 2018 @ Pier 66 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. For $50 off Gala tickets use special code: “VIPTABLE”
5.) June 8th, 2018 AFWC Rosé Celebration @ Robovault in Ft. Lauderdale (tickets going on sale soon!)
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A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of judging the 8th Annual American Fine Wine Competition. As many of you know, the competition was founded eight years ago by the fabulous Shari Gherman and dynamic duo of Monty and Sara Preiser and showcases some of the finest wines in the United States. While many of the highest scoring entries... Read More
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A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of judging the 8th Annual American Fine Wine Competition. As many of you know, the competition was founded eight years ago by the fabulous Shari Gherman and dynamic duo of Monty and Sara Preiser and showcases some of the finest wines in the United States. While many of the highest scoring entries hail from California, Oregon, and Washington state, there are always some delightful surprises! Over the past few years, wines from Virginia, Ohio, and New York have definitely impressed and serve as reminders that, when it comes to wine, we should all think (and shop) outside the box.
The judging of over 700 vinous entries took place over two days at Florida International University’s state-of-the-art Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. Each day began promptly at 9am with all the judges divided into teams of four – palates primed and ready! We then sipped and spit our way through flight after flight of white, red, sweet, and sparkling wines, evaluating and assigning medals where appropriate. With our teeth-staining task complete, I’m happy to share the results with you (drumroll please!):
“BEST OF CLASS”
Dry Riesling – 2013 Glenora Wine Cellars, Finger Lakes
Cabernet Sauvignon – 2012 Peju Province, Napa
Chardonnay – 2012 Maldonado Los Olivos, Napa
Dessert Wine – 2014 Glenora Wine Cellars Riesling Ice Wine, Finger Lakes
Dry Rosé – 2014 Burbank Ranch Picnic Meadow Grenache Rose, Paso Robles
Merlot – 2010 Rombauer, Carneros
Other Red Blend – 2012 Cougars Leap, Black Rock Cuvée, Lake County
Other Red Single Varietal- 2012 Michael David, Inkblot Tannat, Lodi
Pinot Noir- 2011 Russian Hill, Ellen’s Block, Russian River Valley
Cabernet Franc- 2011 Cairdean, Napa
Red Bordeaux Style Blend – 2012 Arietta, H Block, Napa
Sauvignon Blanc – 2012 Arkenstone, Howell Mountain
Sparkling – 2012 Hagafen Cellars Brut Cuvée and 2008 Domaine Carneros Le Reve (tie)
Syrah – 2012 Cline Cellars, Carneros
Viognier – 2013 Russian Hill Estates, Russian River Valley
Zinfandel – 2012 Frank Family, Napa
“BEST OF SHOW”
Dry Rosé – 2014 Burbank Ranch Picnic Meadow Grenache Rosé
Dessert Wine – 2014 Glenora Wine Cellars Riesling Ice Wine
Sparkling – 2012 Hagafen Cellars Brut Cuvée and 2008 Domaine Carneros Le Reve (tie)
Red – 2011 Cairdean Cabernet Franc
White – 2012 Maldonado Chardonnay, Los Olivos Vineyard (second year in a row!)
I hope you enjoyed the results and I’d love to hear what you think: are you fans of any of our winners or did you make any new discoveries? Please let me know in the comment section below. Also, on April 24th, 2015 the American Fine Wine Competition Charity Gala will take place at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino. This promises to be another amazing evening filled with fabulous food, wine, and fun so be sure to mark your calendar! For more information and/or to purchase tickets, please click here and I hope to see you there.
It is with great pleasure that I reveal to you the results of the 2014 American Fine Wine Competition! As many of you know, the judging process took place last month at Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality and after two solid days of sipping, swishing and spitting we selected what we thought were the best of what America has to offer. While St. Supéry’s Dollarhide Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon winning Best of Show Red Wine might not come as much of a surprise, how about the wine that took Best of Class Bordeaux Blend? Namely the 2010 Delaplane Williams Gap Blend from…Virginia. Yes, you heard me, Virginia!
Once again it was fun discovering new wines from around the country, getting to spend time with my fellow judges and making new friends including Alan Kalter of the Late Show with David Letterman who will be the Emcee and Auctioneer at the AFWC Gala on April 4th. So without further ado, here are the results of the Best of Show and Best of Class categories for the 7th Annual American Fine Wine Competition. Please click on the link following the list to see the complete results:
Best of Show Red Wine
2010 St. Supéry Dollarhide Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon (retail price $100)
Best of Show White Wine
2011 Maldonado Chardonnay Los Olivos Vineyard, Napa Valley, California ($42)
Best of Show Sparkling
NV Mumm Napa Santana, Napa Valley, California ($50)
Best of Show Late Harvest
2009 Ceja Dulce Beso, Napa Valley, California
Best of Class:
Best of Class Cabernet Franc
2010 Peju Reserve, Napa, California ($110)
Best of Class Bordeaux Blend
2010 Delaplane Williams Gap Blend, Virginia ($56)
Best of Class Dry Rosé
2012 Rugg Rosé, Napa Valley, California ($18)
Best of Class Merlot
2010 Chateau St. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot, Columbia Valley, Washington ($35)
Best of Class Petite Sirah
2011 Michael David Earthquake, Lodi, California ($26)
Best of Class Pinot Noir
2011 Miner Pinot Noir Rosella’s Vineyard, Sta. Lucia Highlands, California ($60)
Best of Class Rhone Blend:
2010 Sol Rouge Gypsy Rouge, North Coast, California ($28)
Best of Class Syrah
2009 Gamache Syrah, Columbia Valley, Washington ($30)
Best of Class Zinfandel
2012 Titus Zinfandel, Napa Valley, California ($30)
Best of Class Other Red
NV Reverie Barbera Diamond Mountain District, California ($30)
Best of Class Other White
2012 Ferrante Gewurztraminer, Ohio ($15)
Best of Class Sauvignon Blanc
201 Beltane Ranch Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma Valley, California ($29)
To view the complete list of all results from the 7th Annual American Fine Wine Competition, please click here. Also, don’t forget to mark your calendars for the AFWC Gala on April 4th, for more information, please click here.
Last Friday was the VIP Kickoff Party for the 7th Annual American Fine Wine Competition, a contest whose goal is to identify the best wines America has to offer. 2014 marks the 7th year of this competition that began as the brainchild of husband and wife team Monty and Sara Preiser and Sommelier Shari German.
So just how do 700+ wines get judged in 2 days? Well, a panel of 25 judges including Sommeliers, Restauranteurs, Wine Writers and Educators hole up for two solid days at FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism in Miami and taste through all those wines (I can hear the violins) and ultimately decide which wines will reign supreme. I’m honored to be included as a judge again this year and the 2014 judging takes place later this week, Sunday, January 19 and Monday the 20th. Needless to say, I probably won’t be posting another blog until later next week but I will be posting updates on Twitter and Facebook during the judging process so stop by if you’re looking for some behind the scenes wine fun.
Next week I’ll be announcing the winners of the competition and please mark your calendars for Friday, April 4th for the AFWC Charity Wine Gala benefiting Deliver the Dream which will take place at The Boca Raton Resort and Club. As always it is sure to be an amazing evening filled with delicious food and wine. For more information and/or to purchase tickets, please click here. Otherwise stay tuned and enjoy a few more photos from last week’s VIP Kickoff party.