Departments — 17 April 2019
Florida competition picks rosé winners

By Mark Gauert

City & Shore Magazine

Get a head start on summer rosé sipping with some expert picks from among medalists selected this month at the American Fine Wine Competition, South Florida’s home-grown wine event.

“THE Rosé Competition 2019 received a total of 151 entries and the 12 esteemed wine judges awarded 21 Double Gold Medals, 30 Gold Medals and 50 Silver Medals,” says AFWC president and co-founder Shari Gherman. Judges at the competition April 6 in Fort Lauderdale named Napa’s Grgich Hills Estate Rosé, 2018 ($25) Best in Show in the Dry Rosé Category; and Napa’s Domaine Carneros Brut Rosé 2015 ($42) Best in Show in the Sparkling Wine Category.

“The Grgich Hills Rosé was a fantastic example of a wine that we believed everyone would enjoy,” said judge Jeremy Gow, Director of Food and Beverage at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale, Marina Hotel. “It had bright notes of watermelon and ripe pomegranate with just the right amount of acid to balance the wine.”

The competition drew rosé vintners from around the world, including Israel’s Galilee, Italy’s Dolomites and Spain’s Penedes region.

“The diversity of rosé is so unpredictable,” said judge Angelo Romano, Chef Owner of local Paradiso Restaurant in Lake Worth. “You can imagine how intense it is to judge rosés from all over the world!”

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