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Millennial Wine Competition Winners from 2012 NEXTGEN

Jessica Altieri on June 14, 2012 - 8:04 am in Blog, Featured Video

What’s hot? Millennial wines and millennial wine drinkers! 2012 results are in from the NEXTGEN Wine Competition. A great event and I enjoyed the opportunity to judge over 750 wines. Full press release below.

Santa Rosa, CA – Vineyard & Winery Management has announced the conclusion of the 4th annual NextGen Wine Competition for Millennial Wine Drinkers, held June 5-6, 2012. The competition is designed specifically with this exciting and important consumer group in mind, and is judged by qualified and knowledgeable wine industry millennials aged 21-35.

Produced by Vineyard & Winery Management, NextGen is one of the fastest growing and most exciting wine competitions in North America today. Judges included high profile NextGenners such as Jessica Altieri, “America’s Social Wine Ambassador.” Altieri, 27, is a leading online wine social media and video pioneer, traveling the world to spread the conversation about wine in an unpretentious way. She is the founder, CEO and Certified Sommelier for WineChannelTV and has worked with some of the world’s leading wine brands, governments and trade associations.

“I would have to say that the results from our lineup of millennial judges mirror very closely what is trending in the marketplace today,” said Bill Traverso, Director of Wine Competitions for Vineyard & Winery Management. “That is why a competition with millennial judges helps wineries in making plans for which variety to plant and which type of wines to make for the next wave of wine consumers.”

“The 2012 NextGen Wine Competition was an incredible success,” declared Chief Judge Giovanni Balistreri. “Judges were flown in from all over the country to join local industry professionals; their combined wine expertise and knowledge contributed to making this competition shine.  A big thank you to our sponsors! I look forward to the 2013 NextGen Wine Competition.”

“I would have to say that the results from our lineup of millennial judges mirror very closely what is trending in the marketplace today,” said Bill Traverso, Director of Wine Competitions for Vineyard & Winery Management. “That is why a competition with millennial judges helps wineries in making plans for which variety to plant and which type of wines to make for the next wave of wine consumers.”

“The 2012 NextGen Wine Competition was an incredible success,” declared Chief Judge Giovanni Balistreri. “Judges were flown in from all over the country to join local industry professionals; their combined wine expertise and knowledge contributed to making this competition shine.  A big thank you to our sponsors! I look forward to the 2013 NextGen Wine Competition.”

Riedel glassware was used to assess all of the wines, which were judged from a field of 750 entries. Judges awarded a total of 17 Double Gold, 63 Gold, 253 Silver, and 249 Bronze medals.

Sweepstakes awards were bestowed as follows:

Best of Show
Lago di Merlo Vineyards and Winery
2009 Sangiovese Lago di Merlo Vineyard
Dry Creek Valley, California

Best of Show Dessert/Late Harvest
Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery
2010 Vidal Blanc Chester County, Pennsylvania

Best of Show Fruit
Apple Barn Winery
2011 Apple Cranberry Tennessee

Best of Show Rosé
Canyon Wind Cellars
2011 47-Ten Rosé
Grand Valley, Colorado

Best of Show Sparkling
E & J Gallo Winery
Barefoot Bubbly NV Moscato Spumante
California

Best of Show White
White Tie Wines
2011 Moscato California

In a strategic move that benefits wine entrants, Vineyard & Winery Management has joined forces with EnofileOnline, an established and proven online entry program specializing in wine competitions. Complete results will be posted soon at EnofileOnline.com and vwm-online.com/nextgen. Event sponsors include Wine Industry Network (WIN), 7x7SF, Hilton Sonoma County, Penta Water, Riedel Glassware, Sonoma County Farm Bureau, and Wine Club Tours.

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  • June 14, 2012

    Awesome! Way to Go Jess!

  • June 14, 2012
    JustJess

    Thanks Melissa! Hope you are doing well!!!