Saturday, June 20, 2009
The second International Green Wine Competition is being held in Santa Rosa this Monday, June 22nd.
The lead judge is Paul Dolan from Mendocino Wine Company and Paul Dolan Vineyards. He has been an industry leader in building successful and high quality wine brands made from organic and biodynamic grapes.
There are four Competition Classes: Certified Biodynamically Grown and Produced, Certified Organic Wines, Certified Organically Grown Grapes, and Transitional.
I am a judge this year and cannot wait to taste through all these delicious wines made without chemical pesticides and herbicides.
I chose to focus on wines made from organic and biodynamic grapes on MyDailyWine because I am a believer that high quality wine starts in the vineyards.
Later this year, I will be launching an online marketplace for organic/biodynamic wines as well.
This competition is super cool on several levels. First off it raises awareness for both consumers and wine trade about the growing interest in organic and natural wines.
This trend will not go away soon. In fact the opposite is true, since organic wines have become more widespread in the past few years.
Matter of fact, in a recent study, 31% of American consumers said they are spending more money on organics than one year ago.
More large wineries are starting to make at least one brand with organic grapes and many smaller brands are hanging their hats completely on the organic trend.
Here is a shopping list of last year's winners at the 2008 Green Wine Competition.
The same organization also presents the National Women's Wine Competition.
"The National Women's Wine Competition is the first and only U.S. based wine competition judged solely by superstar women of the wine industry.
This is the competition that answers the question, "what wines do women love?"Women make 60%+ of all the wine buying decisions in the U.S. Our annual "shopping list" that is distributed worldwide via the web tells women the wines women with great palates find medal-worthy. This helps consumers to make informed wine purchases."
Posted by Amy Atwood at 2:00 PM