In case you've missed it, Snooth's People's Voice Awards is harnessing the opinions of thousands of wine lovers around the globe, each choosing his or her favorite wines from among the selections that make up each of our nearly 100 categories of wine.
We're midway through the preliminary round, with the top five wines in each category moving on to the finals. The best part of this? No pesky Russian judge deducting points for an apparent foot out of bounds!
Seriously, this is a great way to support your favorite wineries. Of course, there has to be something in it for you, so each of your votes counts as an entry into a drawing for great gifts like a brand new Retina Display iPad!
So vote early and vote often. We've got three weeks left in this preliminary round and some of the races are tight I tell ya! Find out who is winning, who is in the running and who is trailing in the most popular categories.
I'm kicking off the countdown with a look at the Zinfandel categories today in honor of our Global Tasting Initiative Zinfandel that started this past Monday. We'll be enjoying Zinfandel for the next two weeks and maybe you should too. At a loss as to where to start? Check out some of the winners!
This is a super solid line-up, and if you don't see some of your favorites, it's probably because they need a few more votes to break into the top five. I'm talking about wineries like Sobon, Alexander Valley Vineyards, Four Vines and Carlisle, so get in there and vote folks!
Zinfandel Super Premium
Here are the best of the best when it comes to Zinfandel, though a lot can be said for the folks trailing off the leader board. Are we really going to let Rafanelli, Outpost, Nalle and Bucklin fall that far behind? Get in there and vote!
South American Red Premium
Argentina is sweeping the floor in this category with four Malbecs and a Bonarda dominating the top spots. Where is the Carmenere? Sneaking up in sixth and seventh places. Can they break through into the top tier?
Red Blends Premium
Here is a very tight category packed with excellent wines. I'm loving the top five, but they are awfully California-centric. I see some great Portuguese wines creeping up in the standings, along with a great blend from Washington. Where's the love?
Pinot Noir Luxury
The votes in this race are changing by the day but it's great to see Oregon and California batting it out for top honors. There are some pretty amazing international Pinots here as well, but you'll have to drop down to 11th place to find them!
Other White Value
Here's a bit of a shocker, two Chenin Blancs in the top five! Not that either wine does not fully deserve to be there. I love them both, but I also have feelings for those wines by Pindar, Hofer and Torres. What's a wine lover to do? So many wines, so few votes.
Other Red Premium
This is one of the most exciting, if not the most exciting, categories going. Petit Sirah, Portugal and Pinotage are all duking it out in the top five, along with a very successful Gamay! Yay! Then a look down the list brings a bit of sadness. Every wine here deserves to win. Check out numbers six through ten and tell me you don't agree!
Grenache and Blends Value
Wow, Australia is sweeping up here. There's a lovely Rhone sticking it out in third place, but otherwise you really have to go down the list to find the rest of the world. Are the voters telling us something?
Cabernet Sauvignon Value
Now this is more like it. A tight race, competitors from around the world. What about the early favorites? Well, they've fallen out of favor! Some the early leading big brands have fallen behind as the power of the people transforms this race. Be heard!