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Deadline Extended for Inaugural U.S. National Wine Competition

Submitted By: Tara Thomas, February 23, 2012
Santa Rosa, CA – The Vineyard & Winery Management Group has announced that entries for the inaugural U.S. National Wine Competition will be accepted until March 19, 2012.

The competition recognizes excellence in wines produced in any U.S. state, welcoming all native, hybrid, and vinifera varietals grown. Rob Merletti, CEO, Vineyard & Winery Management Group, adds, “U.S. winemaking reflects our country’s fascinating and unique melting pot make-up. And this competition is dedicated to recognizing excellence in every area.”

Chief judge Gerald D. Boyd leads a panel of experienced wine professionals who come from a variety of disciplines including winemaking, wine sales and marketing, wine journalism, and wine education. Riedel glassware is used to judge all of the wines.

“The history of wine in the United States is almost as old as the country itself,” stated Boyd. “As early as the 16th century, European settlers attempted to make wine from native varieties. Each year we are impressed with the quality and character of the wines we taste.”

A partnership with Bottlenotes®, the premier online community for wine enthusiasts, will give winners direct-to-consumer exposure. Bottlenotes has 250,000 registered users, more than 25,000 Twitter followers, and more than 65,000 Facebook fans.

For online entrants only, Bottlenotes will:

• Direct 100% of revenue associated with any purchase generated by Bottlenotes back to the winery;
• Post award winners on; and
• Place a flag icon next to all award winners on

An official entry consists of four (4) 750 ml bottles or six (6) 375 ml bottles plus a $75.00 per wine entry fee. For complete rules, necessary forms, and a list of judges, please visit

About Vineyard & Winery Management Group
Vineyard & Winery Management Group publishes the leading independent award-winning wine trade publication, Vineyard & Winery Management magazine ( and Winedex® (Wine Industry Index). Based in Santa Rosa, California, the multimedia corporation also produces seminars, conferences, and trade shows (Wineries Unlimited, Midwest Grape and Wine Conference, Wine Sales Summit – direct-to-consumer, Winery DIY, and Managing the Winery Laboratory), as well as six wine competitions (Grand Harvest Awards, International Eastern Wine Competition, NextGen Wine Competition for Millennial Wine Drinkers, International Women’s Wine Competition, West Coast Wine Competition, and U.S. National Wine Competition).

About Bottlenotes®
Bottlenotes® is the premier online wine community in which members learn about, discuss and rate new wines. Interactive opportunities include The Daily Sip®, an e-newsletter on all things wine, which reaches more than 140,000 subscribers daily; Around The World in 80 Sips®, public events attended by hundreds of consumers in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Washington, DC, Denver and Miami, which bring together young professional wine enthusiasts; My Bottlenotes, an internet web platform that allows community members to post and share tasting notes and ratings; and Bottlenotes Mobile, an iPhone app that allows users to rate and/or share the impressions of a wine. Please visit, or write, for further information.


Date: February 23, 2012
Contact: Bill Traverso
Phone: 707-577-7700 x109