August 2, 2010
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San Joaquin Valley Winegrowers Association
California Warm Weather Wine Competition Set For Sept. 17
85 Percent of All State Wines Eligible for Wine Month Competition
While warm climate wines are misunderstood or misperceived by the misinformed, they represent approximately 85 percent of all wine produced in California and have proven they are no ordinary plonk – as evidenced by the many gold medals won in the best of competitions.
These misperceptions inspired the San Joaquin Valley Winegrowers Association (SJVWA) to create the annual Warm Weather Wine Competition which will be held Sept. 17 in Kingsburg, California for the sixth straight year.
WHAT IS WARM WEATHER WINE?
“The Warm Weather Wine Competition is a celebration of wines produced in areas of California where people, and wine tanks, need temperature control and vines require irrigation,” said SJVWA Executive Director Peterangelo Vallis.
“These areas include not just the San Joaquin and Sacramento Valleys, but also much of the Napa Valley, Sonoma County, the Sierra Foothills, Temecula, Cucamonga, Paso Robles, South Monterey County and the Salinas Valley,” Vallis said.
Vallis emphasized that entries are welcomed from those areas and any others where cooling and irrigation are needed.
ENTRIES DUE SEPT. 13
Entries are due September 13, 2010. For more information and entry forms and rules – visit www.idrinkwine.net.
JUDGES DRAWN FROM DIVERSE BACKGROUNDS
“Even with a cult list, it is terrific to find gems from througout our state,” says Sommelier Christopher Shakelford of Creative Food and Wine, LLC. “This Competition offers up a tremdous oportunity to get away from our indusrty’s self-defeating over-the-top hype – to find good wines!”
The competition is open to all warm-climate wineries in California, is blind, and features judges with real world wine tasking, buying, and drinking experience to better emulate how the public judges our favorite product.
Last Year’s judges from around California included:
- Claudio Basei – Winemaker – Cacciatore Fine Wines
- Mac McCarthy – Wine Writer – SavvyTaste
- Clark Smith – Vinovation
- Jim LaMar – J & L Wines
- Glenn Grabiec – Apple Valley Wine Cellar, San Bernardino County Sherrif’s Dept.
- M. Carl Rana, CSW – Stefanelli Distributing
- Christopher Shakelford
- Nicole Darracq – Muir Hanna, Appelation California
- Patrick J. Merrill – United States Department of State
- J. Bryan Bitter – Wine Industry Analyst
- Chris Turner – Wine Broker
- John T. Pashayan - Chef
FLIGHTS CONTAIN RINGER WINES
In addition to the strictest adherence to blind tasting rules, flights contain “ringers” -- highly rated wines from prominent appellations.
“Given the long tradition of bias against warm climate wines, it is hard for even the best of judges to maintain impartiality,” Vallis said. “But if they know that a substantial number of ringers will be includuded in the tasting flights, it keeps them on their toes.”
ABOUT THE COMPETITION ORGANIZERS
The San Joaquin Valley Wine Growers Association has more than 250 members who farm more than 165,000 acres of wine grapes – 55 percent of California’s annual production and the largest area of any other grower’s association.