Welcome back, my friends – I hope life is treating you well on this summer’s eve!
I’ve just finished packing my overnight bag, and early tomorrow I’ll head up to Sonoma for one of my favorite events of the year: the International Women’s Wine Competition.
For the next day and a half, I’ll be joining two dozen or so colleagues – all female wine professionals – to judge 1,000+ wines from around the world.
Why women only? Because, in the U.S. at least, women buy at least 80% of wine. (Makes sense, considering who brings home most of the groceries!)
My fellow judges represent many segments of the wine profession – including winemakers, educators, retailers, writers and more.
During the main event tomorrow, our panels award gold, silver and bronze medals to the most deserving entries. The next day, in the Sweepstakes round, we all taste every panel’s top-scoring wines to choose “Best In Class” and “Best In Show.”
We also honor the top wine made by a female winemaker with a special award. Here’s star winemaker Shauna Rosenblum, in a series of Sweepstakes pix from the archives, when she learns she’s won for one of her marvelous Zinfandels –
I’ll be back after the Competition to fill you in on the fun details – to bring you into the “inner sanctum” of the judges’ chambers – and to reveal our winning whites, reds, rosés and sparklers!
Until then, my friends,
Cheers and happy tastings,
You can also email me at Rosina@DrinkWineWithDinner.com with comments or questions. I look forward to hearing from you!
Cheers once again,