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The next generation of wine judges show their chops.
Last week, some of the wine industry's best and brightest (not to mention good-looking) movers and shakers got together at the NextGen Winemakers Competition in Santa Rosa, California. The event and wines were so unique we wanted to give you a behind-the-scenes view.
The NextGen Wine Competition is owned and managed by Vineyard & Winery Management magazine and is meant to provide Milliennials (born between approximately 1980 and 2000) an opportunity to use their own voice in declaring their tastes in wine. There were 21 judges whose ages ranged from 21-35, comprised of rising chefs, winemakers, sommeliers, wine educators, bloggers and media mavens, including The Daily Sip's very own Leta Soza.
Over 800 wines from 213 wineries were entered and tasted. There were wines from 21 different U.S. states and 4 countries. So what tickled the palates of the young judges?
Cougar Crest 2007 Anniversary Cuvée ($32), a Bordeaux blend from Walla Walla took the best of show and was the outright winner. We highly recommend popping this mouth-watering bottle with a juicy burger. Other stars included Capay Valley Vineyards NV Sparkling Viognier, CA ($14), Starborough 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, Malborough ($12), and Belhurst 2010 Dry Rosé, NY ($19).
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