Winner, Winner April Dinner: Fine Wine Gala Announces Number Ones

 


April will not be the month of fools for three winemakers, three wineries and a long list of wines.
 
This past week the American Fine Wine Competition & Gala (AFWC) announced the winners of its yearly competition, whose awards will be handed out at a celebratory fundraising dinner April 24 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa. 
 
A trio of California winemakers won the competition's Winery of the Year designation: St. Helena's  Chappellet Winery, Calistoga's Maldonado Vineyards and Lodi's Michael David Winery.
 
One representative from each winery will accept the winery's award.
 
In addition to the AFWC's wineries of the year, a trio of winemakers based in California will be honored at the event: Bryan cane of Sol Rouge, Winery SF and Vie; Brooks Painter of Castello di Amorosa and V. Sattui; and Rudy von Strasser of von Strasser. 
 
According to industry website Wine Industry Advisor, the six representatives and winemakers will “participate in a 75-minute seminar moderated by wine writer Monty Preiser”. In addition to the seminar, the six individuals will pour their winery's best red and best wine.
 
Event attendees will also have the chance to taste more than 700 wines, the AFWC website said. Of those wines, six received the organization's “Best of Show” classification: Cairdean Vineyards' (Calif.) 2011 Cab Franc, Glenora Wine Cellars' (N. Y.) 2014 Riesling Ice Wine, Peju Province's (Calif.) 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Domaine Carneros' (Calif.) 2008 Le Reve sparkling wine and Hagafen Cellars' (Calif.) 2012 Brut Cuvee sparkling wine.
The event's judges also chose wines for the following categories: Best of Class, Double Gold, Gold and Silver. The price of the wines ranged from as little at $14 to more than $200.
 
According to the AFWC website, a panel of four judges chose the award-winning wines. 
 
Wine aficionado Monty Preiser led the panel, which performed a blind tasting of each wine.
 
“Wines are poured in private and then taken to the judging tables by wine professionals,” the organization's site says. “Glasses are numbered to correspond with the individual numbered wine bottles which are kept secret in the staging area.”
 
Preiser and his panel, the site said, then decide whether the wine is medal-worthy. A wine was only able to win an award if three of the four judges agreed it was deserving. In order for a wine to win double gold, the site said, all four judges had to agree the wine was deserving of gold.
 
The AFWC's website noted that tickets for the event are $300 per person. Proceeds from the event will go toward Deliver the Dream, a Fort Lauderdale-based organization which provides resources for families experiencing a serious illness or health crisis.
 

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