ANNOUNCING the 2013 Lake County Wine Awards Competition showcasing wines that specifically state Lake County or a Lake County AVA on the label.
Located on the elevated ridges and flanks of the Mayacamas Mountains to the west and the Vaca Range to the east, Lake County wines are revealing intense flavors and compelling quality. It is once again time to evaluate the evolution of style coming from this re-emerging wine region.
This competition will commence on July 10th at Brassfield Estate Winery where a panel of 10 wine experts will blind-taste and judge all wines submitted and select the top finalists in each category.
Among the esteemed panel of wine experts are: Deborah Parker Wong, Mike & Martha Dunne, John Buechenstein, Joel Riddel and Bob Ecker.
Ray Johnson, Director Sonoma State University’s Wine Business Institute, Assistant Director of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, and author of numerous articles and his blog TasteWine will preside as Director for the professional judging.
Participating wineries are asked to submit their entry forms by June 14th and their wine entries by June 27th. All Lake County wines made in and outside the county using at least 75% Lake County grapes are encouraged to enter.
The community will be able to taste the winners in an exciting new venue this year. On August 31st the Lake County Winery Association is partnering with the Lake County Fair for the People's Choice Wine Awards—where on the Saturday night of the fair the people get to 'blind taste' the judges' top picks and select the "People's Choice." We are anticipating that the exposure for the winning wines will be the largest in this competition's history.
If you have any questions, please call Jacquelyn at (707) 994-4068 or Megan at (707) 279-4302.
Thank you for your participation and good luck!
LAKE COUNTY WINE AWARDS COMPETITION
Wine Cave Photo above by John McJunkin
The Call for Entries has recently been released. If you have not received yours or need another copy, please click here.
6/14/2013 - Entry forms due
6/27/2013 - Wine entries due
7/10/2013 - Competition begins
7/17/2013 - Awards Dinner - results announced!
8/31/2013 - People's Choice at the Lake County Fair