The Vineyard & Winery Management Group has announced the results for the inaugural U.S. National Wine Competition. An outstanding panel of judges, led by chief judge Gerald D. Boyd, tasted through over 1,100 wines on April 9 through 12 to choose the Sweepstakes Winners, Best of Class, Double Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze medal winners. The judges’ overwhelming favorite for Best of Show was a Cream Sherry from Rancho De Philo. Located in the Cucamonga Valley appellation, Rancho De Philo’s Cream Sherry is made in the traditional Spanish solera barrel aging process using Mission grapes, originally brought to California by Franciscan missionaries.
“Key to the success of a wine competition is the professional caliber of the judges,” said Boyd. “As Chief Judge of the U.S. National Wine Competition, I select experienced judges from the U.S. wine industry and related professions, who understand the wide range and diversity of wines available today to the U.S. wine consumer.”
Sweepstakes Winners came from a diversity of states, including Nebraska, New York, Washington and California. “The top awards given at the 2012 U.S. National Wine Competition are clear evidence that the quality of U.S. wines more than meets the demand of an increasingly sophisticated wine consumer,” stated Boyd.
The competition celebrates all domestic grape varieties unique to the 50 United States today (native, hybrid, and vinifera). It also represents the wide range of our wine growing regions, and ties in with the diversity of all our nation’s ethnic food and wine pairings.
A partnership with Bottlenotes®, the premier online community for wine enthusiasts, gives winners direct-to-consumer exposure. Bottlenotes has 250,000 registered users, more than 25,000 Twitter followers, and more than 65,000 Facebook fans.
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