For many of us, a bottle of your finest two buck Chuck will do the trick. For many others, its just not going to cut it. Luckily for the wine snobs of the world, there are people who painstakingly sip, spit, and evaluate wines to find the ones that are truly the best.
On January 20th and 21st, 24 nationally acclaimed sommeliers sat and judged 632 of America's finest wines to determine which ones would pass the test. After two days of tasting, the judges came up with the winners for Best of Show and Best in Class. This past Friday, the AFWC announced the top wines at Chill Wine Lounge
in Fort Lauderdale.
And the winners are.
Best in Show:
White- Hagafen Cellars "Prix," Rancho Wieruszoski Riesling, Napa Valley, 2009. SRP $36.00.
Red- The Donum Estate, Pinot Noir, Donum Ranch Vineyard, Carneros, 2010. $72.00.
Sparkling- Mumm Napa, Devaux Ranch, Carneros, 2008. SRP $38.00.
Dessert- Castello di Amorosa Late Harvest Gewürtztraminer, Anderson Valley, Mendocino County, 2011. SRP $35.00.
Best of Class:
Pinot Grigio- Solena Estate, Willamette Valley, 2011. SRP $20.00.
Chardonnay- Frostwatch Vineyard Bennet Valley, Sonoma County 2010. SRP $30.00.
Sauvignon Blanc- Pine & Brown, Napa Valley. SRP $26.00.
Petite Syrah- Frank Family Vineyards, Napa Valley. SRP $65.00
Syrah- Bartholomew Park Winery, Sonoma Valley, 2009. SRP $40.00.
Zinfandel- Paul Simeon Collection, St. Sophia, Lodi, 2009. SRP $25.00.
Cabernet Sauvignon- Promise, Winston Hill Vineyard, 2008. SRP $225.00.
Merlot- V. Sattui Winery, Napa Valley, 2010. SRP $28.00.
Red Bordeaux Style Blend- Blackbird Vineyards, Arise, Carneros, Napa Valley, 2010. SRP $50.00.
The American Fine Wine Competition will be holding its Wine Carnival on Thursday February 21, from 5:00 to 8:00pm at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art. Tickets cost $40.00 per person.