Posts Filed Under wine industry events

Chile’s Finest, Via San Francisco (Wines of Chile Awards 2017 Winners)

Vinted on November 22, 2017 binned in on the road, wine industry events

AWoCA 2017

[ Editor’s note: Yes, I realize that tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the USA. No, I don’t feel compelled to write about wine pairings for it, because that topic has been covered, and covered, and covered, and covered, and covered already. If you’re really jonesing for Turkey Day wine help, see previous coverage of that here on 1WD, all of which is still relevant. ]

Every once in a while, I get asked to do really cool things, like judge wine competitions alongside bright, interesting, qualified people who, for reasons that I still don’t fully understand, consider me a peer.

Evan Goldstein AWoCA 2017

Evan Goldstein, MS, surveys the room during the AWoCA 2017 judging

Such was the case a couple of months ago, when my friend Evan Goldstein (and his Full Circle Wine Solutions biz) asked if I’d be interested in judging the 2017 incarnation of the Anual Wines of Chile Awards, held this hear in his native San Francisco. I’ve worked with Evan and FCWS a few times before, who are top-notch, and we know that Evan knows his shiz when it comes to South American wines in general, so of course I said Hellz Yeah to that.

The winners of the 2017 AWoCA (now in its 14th incarnation) were recently announced at an event in Washington DC, and so I am now officially able to share highlights of the results with you.

What I found most exciting during the unfolding of the AWoCA competition, even more so than the high quality of Chile’s vinous wares in general, was how well Chile’s much-touted diversity was on full, 4KHD-tuned-to-vibrant-color-settings display in the wines that were entered…

Read the rest of this stuff »

0

 

 

37th Heaven (Highlights From The 2017 San Francisco International Wine Competition)

SFIWC 2017 1

All smocked up and ready to go

By the time that you read these words, the results of the 37th (!!) annual San Francisco International Wine Competition should be publicly available, so I thought that I would share some of the highlights among the event’s big winners.

The SFIWC is one of my favorite weekends of the year. Under the watchful eyes of Executive Director Anthony Dias Blue and Director of Judging Tim McDonald, SFIWC assembles a top-notch volunteer crew and some of the best and most experienced tasters in the U.S. wine biz (and yes, I’m still trying to figure out why they keep inviting me to judge).

That large, talented team happens to be chock full of some of the funniest, liveliest, and kindest people in wine, and so it’s a real pleasure to interact, work, and generally just break bread with all of those folks.

SFIWC 2017 2

Sweepstakes and super tasting require smocks, not capes…

We also happen to taste some killer juice over that weekend, all done blind within categories, in panels of 3-4 people,  with “super tastings” and an eventual sweepstakes round to help determine the best-of-the-best. It’s from that latter category – the wines fully deserving of having Tenacious D’s To Be The Best as their theme song – that I draw my personal competition highlights…

Read the rest of this stuff »

0

 

 

Drink Madeira With Me In Boston!

Vinted on May 9, 2017 binned in wine industry events

Madeira Boston 2017

Boston wine industry peeps!

I’ll be joining forces with IVBAM and Please the Palate for a trade event focusing on the wines of Madeira on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at Committee Boston.

I’m not sure how much ass my presentation will kick, but I can assure you that much ass will indeed be kicked by the wine selections…

Qualified wine biz types can can register for the event at https://madeirawineboston.eventbrite.com/.

Here are more details. Hope to see you there!

IVBAM, Madeira Wine, Embroidery and Handicraft Institute and the Madeira Wine Producers invite you to enjoy the wine that celebrated the independence of the United States of American in 1776.

Madeira Wine Master Class Seminar – 11:00am – 12:30pm

Presenter: Joe Roberts of 1WineDude

Walk Around Tasting featuring more than 30 Madeira Wines – 12:30pm – 3:30pm

Producers include:

Blandy’s Madeira Wine Company, CAF-Madeira Vintners, Henriques & Henriques, Justino’s Madeira Wines, Pereira D’Oliveira, Vinhos Barbeito

Join us for this exclusive tasting open to qualified wine trade and media only.

Cheers!

0

 

 

Thoughts On The 2017 SVB Wine Report

Vinted on January 25, 2017 binned in commentary, wine industry events
SVB 2017 Wine Report

(image: svb.com)

Each year, Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) releases their predictions for the U.S. wine biz for the coming year, and every year I have my (typically snarky) commentary on the report (which, I should add, I usually find to be insightful – the report, I mean, not necessarily my snarky commentary).

The SVB report is Northern-California-heavy, which makes sense, given their clientele. It often makes also contains predictions that one might generously call “favorably perceived” by that clientele; in the 2017 report, for example, we’re told that Millenial consumers will move from imbibing blends into imbibing varietal wines, and will also pay more for the privilege. Which probably has a lot of perennially under-compensated Millenial wine lovers saying, “ok, sure, with what, the money I make by selling my f*cking blood?!??”

What I want to focus on for 2017, however, are two aspects emphasized in the SVB report, one of which the U.S. wine biz seems to be on board with (albeit a bit late), and another with which the U.S. wine biz seems to be, well, not so on board…

Read the rest of this stuff »

17

 

 

The Fine Print

This site is licensed under Creative Commons. Content may be used for non-commercial use only; no modifications allowed; attribution required in the form of a statement "originally published by 1WineDude" with a link back to the original posting.

Play nice! Code of Ethics and Privacy.

Contact: joe (at) 1winedude (dot) com

Google+

Labels

Vintage

Find

Sign up, lushes!

Enter your email address to subscribe and get all the good stuff via email.

Join 40,456 other subscribers

Gravityscan Badge