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07.2009

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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BEST IN SHOW COMPETITIONS WINE & SPIRITS

Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America’s first Wine and Spirits Tasting Competition was held at its Sixty-Sixth Annual Convention & Exposition in Orlando. Sponsored by the tasting panel magazine the competition proved to be a popular attraction and drew nearly 3OO entrants in the spirits and wine categories. The spirits judges included Ann Tuennerman, founder of “Tales of the Cocktail”, famed mixologists Gabrielle Orta, Jonathan Pogash, and Elad Zvi, spirits aficionado Joel Black, and  the tasting panel magazine’s Meredith May. Wine judges included wine experts Jeffrey Dorgan, Drew Galloway, Brian Koziol, MS, Sean Ludford, and Dave Madera.

Best in Show for the spirits category was awarded to Creamy Creation for its Spiced Pumpkin Pie Cream Liqueur, which also won Best New Liqueur. Biagio Cru and Estate Wines took home Best in Show in the wine category for its Ruhlmann 2OO4 Grand Cru Gewurztraminer, Alsace and also garnered Best New White Wine honors.
Also receiving nods from the judges were . . .

BEST NEW BORDEAUX VARIETAL OR BLEND
Raza Argentina 2OO5 Malbec
Famatina Valley, Argentina  [Biagio Cru and Estate Wines]

BEST ESTABLISHED BORDEAUX VARIETAL OR BLEND
La Puerta 2OO6 Malbec
Famatina Valley, Argentina  [EcoValley]

BEST ESTABLISHED OTHER RED
Saint Barnabas 2OO2 Dessert Red Wine
Agios Konstantinos, Commandaria, Cyprus  [Cyprus Wine Association]

BEST NEW OTHER RED
Esporao 2OO4 Red Blend (Alicante Bouche and Syrah)
DOC Alentejo, Portugal  [Esporao Wines]

BEST NEW RHONE VARIETAL OR BLEND
Silver Wings 2OO4 Reserve Mouvedre and Shiraz Blend
Central Victoria, Australia  [Marquee Selections]

BEST FLAVORED VODKA
Ziggy’s Apple Flavored Vodka
[Calvados Pere Magloire]

BEST VODKA
Paulie Organic Vodka
[Merco Spirits]

BEST ESTABLISHED WHITE SPIRIT
Hacienda Vieja Tequila Reposado
[Marsalle Company]

BEST TEQUILA BLANCO
On Tequila Blanco
[On Tequila, Inc.]

BEST TEQUILA REPOSADO
Blue Head Tequila Reposado
[Michael Dre LLC]

BEST WHITE IN SHOW + BEST NEW WHITE SPIRIT
Brinley Gold Vanilla Rum
[2 Guys Rum]

BEST ESTABLISHED LIQUEUR
tie between
St.Germain Elderflower Liqueur
[Cooper Spirits International]
and Aperol
[Palm Bay Imports]


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