After swirling, smelling and sipping over 600 wines Sunday and Monday at the American Fine Wine Competition at the Boca Country Club, the 24 judges raised Best of Show toasts to two wines from California.
A 2009 Il Passito late-harvest dessert wine from Castello di Amorosa in Napa Valley, ($89), won Best of Show in the white-wine category, judged Sunday; and a 2009 Manchester Ridge Pinot Noir from La Follette Wines in Mendocino County, Calif., ($50), won Best of Show Monday among red wines.
“The competition was very exciting and I think it was the best one we’ve done so far,’’ said Shari Gherman, president of the five-year-old, South Florida-based AFWC. “There were a few surprises – a dessert wine winning best of show is kind of unprecedented.”
The judges gave Best of Class medals to 11 wines, from wine-growing regions throughout the country. With the exception of a 2010 Golden Bunches Riesling from Ferrante Winery in Ohio, however, wines from California dominated (see complete results here). Some of the wines are available or can be ordered through fine wine stores locally; many can only be ordered direct from the winery and shipped to South Florida.
All the wines from the two-day competition will be served at the upcoming American Fine Wine Competition Gala Dinner, at 6 p.m. April 19 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Tickets are $300 per person, which includes a main course prepared by Chef Emeril Lagasse; a lottery for a chance to sit at “Emeril’s Table,” a four-course dinner, live music and a charity auction presided by Alan Kalter, announcer for Late Night with David Letterman.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Diabetes Research Institute and the Golden Bell Education Foundation. For ticketing call 561-504-8463, or visit www.americanfinewinecompetition.com
Editor’s note: Results are subject to change, amendments from the American Fine Wine Competition. Key to the results: B = Bronze, S = Silver, G = Gold, GG = Double Gold, BOC = Best of Class and BOS = Best of Show.