Announcing TEXSOM International Wine Awards 2021
Dallas, Texas —James Tidwell MS, owner and producer of TEXSOM International Wine Awards, announces entries are open for judging and awards consideration for the 2021 competition to be held April 25-27, 2021 at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas. A new addition to this year’s judging is the inclusion of spirits (whiskey, gin, vodka, etc.), pre-mixed cocktails, cocktail components, and bitters. The competition has an improved, more tailored entry experience for sake, cider, and mead producers, all beverages judged in previous years, allowing for greater differentiation.
The following is a timeline with corresponding entry fees:
Wine: $95 + 4 bottles per online entry
Late Submission Period
Wine: $105 + 4 bottles per online entry
“Spirits have played an important role in the beverage industry and mixology, and now there are operating craft distillers in all 50 states and over 1,000 internationally,” says Donaji Lira, Events Manager for TEXSOM. “The addition of spirits to the Awards will help to increase exposure not only of craft distillers, but also classic distillers. Now is a good time to include this important category, given the changing nature of the hospitality industry and evolving roles in restaurants and retail.”
“Improvements to our submissions experience for mead, cider, and sake entrants, as well as the addition of spirits, add to our strategic value for returning Awards winners and new prospective entrants,” says Amie Hendrickson, Operations Manager for TEXSOM. “In spite of the significant challenges we face as an industry in 2021, our team is devoted to the exceptional standards of care our entrants, judges, volunteers, and participants have come to expect. We offer entrants a consistent place to showcase their offerings and welcome new and returning representative producers from all 50 US States and numerous countries.”
Maximilian Kast MS is based in North Carolina and serves as the Director of Education and Sales NC/SC at import company, Broadbent Selections. He states, “I have never seen such a high concentration of the best palates in the country at one place in my life. Wineries that receive awards from the competition can be assured that the best of the best deliberated tirelessly on those decisions.”
“Folks in Idaho last year were thrilled with the response to their entries at TEXSOM,” says Eric Degerman, president and CEO of Great Northwest Wine. “A number of Idaho producers have stopped submitting new releases to some publications because they question if Idaho wines are evaluated under blind conditions, which is another reason why the showing of Idaho wines at your competition — featuring arguably the most prestigious panel of judges in the U.S. — is important to that emerging wine region.”
Alexandra Cherniavsky, an Advanced Sommelier and Wine Consultant from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania shares, “TEXSOM IWA gave me a larger world perspective and insight into who the important producers were in individual parts of the world and what grapes were important there.” Cherniavsky, a previous multi-year participant in the TEXSOM Sommelier Retreat and a 2020 TEXSOM IWA volunteer continues, “It gave me wines to recommend at every price point and a working knowledge of Texas wines, something I never would have been exposed to otherwise.”
In 2015 TEXSOM International Wine Awards combined the logistics team and infrastructure of an historical competition with the influence and power of the TEXSOM brand. The competition has grown more than 33% and seen diversification to 32 countries and 18 U.S. states represented, spanning suggested retail pricing from U.S. $2.99 to over U.S. $700, and vintages as old as 36 years. Previous results are available through the TEXSOM International Wine Awards website searchable database.
TEXSOM International Wine Awards contributes to the global conversation of beverage, amplifies classic and emerging regions, and builds exposure and interest for all invested in the experience. A unique range of benefits for Award winners includes:
The TEXSOM International Wine Awards team looks forward to working with the industry to identify and champion wines and beverages of quality and distinction from around the world. Distribution in Texas is NOT required to enter the competition, and TEXSOM IWA can assist international wineries in obtaining COLA Waivers. Wineries interested in submitting entries may visit the updated entrant submission page with easy-to-follow steps, fees and requirements here. Further inquiries may be made by firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 214-886-1665. An overview of the 2020 competition is available here.
Founded in 2005, TEXSOM promotes professional wine service standards, outlines paths for further wine education and certification, and raises public awareness about the professional standards and certifications for sommeliers. Today, the conference draws more than 1,000 attendees. In April 2014 the TEXSOM group purchased one of the largest, most respected, and longest-running competitions in the United States now known as the TEXSOM International Wine Awards.
Art Beyond the Glass VII: L.A.’s Top Bartenders Come Together To Celebrate
Seven Years of Cocktails, Community, Women In The Industry and A Great Cause…Proceeds from ABTG VII will go to the Women’s Center for Creative Work, a vital arts nonprofit in Frogtown. Now in its seventh year, Art Beyond the Glass is L.A.’s premier cocktail culture festival, featuring more than 100 top bartenders making cocktails and showcasing their artistry, from painting and sculpture to photography, live music and more!
Yep, we did it again, covered three levels of mind blowing cocktail mayhem in the Los Globos nightclub in Silver Lake. The “mayhem” included a wide array of live music, a dj, burlesque, a tap dancer and wildly costumed bartenders as well as guests. There also was a raffle, art exhibit and “silent auction items such as artwork, photography, rare spirits and more.”
As you know I was there to take it all in (photos here if that’s all you’re after) these are the spirit vendors I made sure to meet up with:
Jack Daniel Distillery Lynchburg Tennessee, The Bombay Sapphire Distillery, Ming River Baijiu and Teeling Whiskey – these were just part of the first floor of fun, and each spirits’ table offered more than one cocktail option so you could do them all or just select one that sounded good to you.
More from the first floor: Fun stewards (stewardesses, whatevers) from Aviation Gin sat guests in a mock airplane, served them cocktails and if you agreed to sit in the exit row you got a special treat! Loved the two cocktails – one with tea and another in a slush – I sampled from Pomp & Whimsy (remember them – hope they’ll be back for Cocktails on the Roof 2018!) and fun drinks from Fords Gin, Plymouth Gin, and Lillet.
The cutie pies at the Mulholland Distilling table were happy to sing for a photo on the second floor! Fun table, and the drinks were yummy. I had the Mulholland Mule and I swear there was another drink they made with Boba in it. I really loved the Edinburgh Distillery Rhubarb Ginger liqueur! Also enjoyed checking out Distillerie Clement rum.
And on the ground floor, an outdoor patio filled with happy smokers and vapers, had a cold brew coffee vendor, Colorado Common Hard Cider and Illegal Mezcal Joven cocktails in ice cube glasses that blew my mind – the one I tried was called “560 Shades of Greg”, while the other, which I didn’t try, had CBD in it!
Even more entertainment on the first and second floors: we got our VIP badges from Jack Daniel’s, sampled cocktails from Åhus Akvavit, Born and Bred, Domaine Combier, Partida Tequila and The Real McCoy Rum.
More About Art Beyond the Glass (ABTG): Art Beyond the Glass is a special event that showcases the artistic pursuits of top bartenders when they’re not behind the stick. ABTG began, as many things do, with a conversation in a bar. In the fall of 2011, bartender Zahra Bates and writer Daniel Djang were at Sunny Spot in Venice, discussing how so many bartenders in Los Angeles express themselves creatively through painting, photography, music, and other arts. But at the time there wasn’t a proper showcase for bartenders to share their artistic pursuits. To fill this gap, Art Beyond the Glass was born: uniting the bar community, which gives back to the art community, and strengthening the community in which we live.
At ABTG, everything from the cocktails to the art and music is created and performed by bartenders. Proceeds from every ABTG event are donated to a local arts-based charity. To date, Art Beyond the Glass has donated more than $98,000 to nonprofit organizations across the country.
The inaugural ABTG raised more than $6,000 for Inner-City Arts. In 2013, ABTG II raised $13,700 for Art Share L.A. and saved this vital nonprofit from closing. ABTG III raised $18,000 for the Mural Conservancy to restore Struggles of the World, one of the landmark Freeway Murals from the 1984 Summer Olympics. ABTG IV raised more than $20,000 for KCRW on behalf of its Capital Campaign to open a new Media Center and public event space in Santa Monica.
To celebrate its five-year anniversary in 2015, Art Beyond the Glass expanded to cities outside of Los Angeles for the first time. The fifth annual ABTG was the largest event to date and raised over $25,000 for Global Inheritance. In July 2016, the first-ever ABTG outside of L.A. took place in Oklahoma City and raised $7,300 for Arts Council Oklahoma City. ABTG Chicago took place in August 2016 and donated $8,450 to ArtReach.
Art Beyond the Glass will continue to grow into established and emerging markets that are eager to demonstrate the creative prowess of their bar community.
This year we are honored to be raising funds for the Women’s Center for Creative Work, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in Frogtown. Combining a co-workspace on the L.A. River, project incubation facilities, residency programs, a rapidly growing network of over 20,000 followers, and a full calendar of artistic and professional development programming, WCCW advocates for feminist-led creative businesses and projects in Los Angeles.
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Eve Bushman has a Level Two Intermediate Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET), a “certification in first globally-recognized course” as an American Wine Specialist ® from the North American Sommelier Association (NASA), Level 1 Sake Award from WSET, was the subject of a 60-minute Wine Immersion video (over 15k views), authored “Wine Etiquette for Everyone” and has served as a judge for the Long Beach Grand Cru and the Global Wine Awards. You can email Eve@EveWine101.com to ask a question about wine or spirits.
I met a consulting client of mine at 9am in the morning this past month, he had something milky looking in his large coffee mug and proceeded to goad me into trying it. Hot Eggnog and cognac. My how toasty it was, and how toasty it made me feel. He offered to have one made up for me, but lest I wanted my meeting to get detoured into the fun zone (we’re old pals too) I had to skip it.
Later that night I made up for it. Hubby had been scenting our home with apple cider cooking on the stove with mulling spices. I whipped out some Brandy, added a shot to each of our coffee mugs, and we thoroughly enjoyed our libations on the porch as the sun set.
All of this got me to thinking, what are your favorite holiday libations this time of year? So, as is my thing, I did a roundup on Facebook and asked my pals there. Here’s what you all are drinking this season, either at home or your fave bar:
Cari: We love mulled wine and Irish coffee (depending on the time of day) at our house!
Natasha: In the Caribbean we have Sorrel (hibiscus), hot or cold, only at this time of year, it’s a special holiday drink. I just brewed a gallon. (I asked if there wasn’t any alcohol in this and Natasha responded: Oh no hunny, we throw Caribbean rum in there.
Shirley: Hot Apple Pie – Traders Joes spiced cider warmed in the crock pot, add your favorite brand of dark rum. Ladle into your mug and top with whipped cream…yessirree!
Deb: Bonefish Grill ~ their Winter White Cosmopolitan – Look forward to it every year. Reyka Vodka, Cointreau, St. Germain Elderflower liqueur, white cranberry juice and fresh lime juice. Has floating cranberries in it too.
Celeste: My mother in law makes a hibiscus drink called Ponche. Like a hot punch/tea Typically with cut fruit and sugar can pieces inside…and a shot of tequila to really warm things up.
Cheryl: Disaronno on the rocks. (Actually never had that one. Might have to try as I do like almond. Looked it up: Disaronno Originale is an amaretto-tasting liqueur with a characteristic almond taste made in Italy.)
Lewis: A spiced ganache dark hot chocolate with whip cream on top and hot fudge drizzled. Also a spiced Caramel hot cider with whip cream on top. Can you imagine what you can fix up with Jack Daniels fire, like… Hot apple cider?
Tim: Whisky… although to be honest I like it in the winter, summer, fall, and spring.
Cynthia: White Russian and anything with eggnog!
Jackie: I make egg nog martinis, just Egg nog and vodka with a dash of cinnamon on top, so delicious and amazing to sip in front of the fire!
Rene: Rompopo. (Which is a Honduran eggnog. Here is the recipe: https://hispanickitchen.com/recipes/rompopo-hondureno-honduran-style-eggnog/)
Eve Bushman has a Level Two Intermediate Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET), a “certification in first globally-recognized course” as an American Wine Specialist ® from the North American Sommelier Association (NASA), Level 1 Sake Award from WSET, was the subject of a 60-minute Wine Immersion video, authored “Wine Etiquette for Everyone” and has served as a judge for the Long Beach Grand Cru. You can email Eve@EveWine101.com to ask a question about wine or spirits.
PORTLAND, OR – Portland Cider Co., one of Oregon’s longest operating independent craft cider producers, won multiple categories at the 2020 Sunset International Wine Competition. The cider company brought home the awards for Double Gold Best of Class (Sorta Sweet), Best of Show Cider (Sorta Sweet) and Silver (Kinda Dry). Sorta Sweet took home a Double Gold medal and Best of Class title in the Hard Cider category and Best of Show with a score of 98 points.
The 2020 Sunset International Wine Competition featured wines and ciders that were blind tasted by industry experts, researchers, growers, writers, producers and sommeliers to determine the winners in each category. Judging took place on June 23 and 24, 2020, in Santa Rosa, California.
“Sorta Sweet continues to be our most-awarded cider with seven total Gold Medals to its name,” said Jeff Parrish, co-owner of Portland Cider Co. “It’s gratifying to be awarded for your efforts, especially in a competition that is the caliber of the Sunset International Wine Competition with experienced sommeliers assessing ciders and wine from all over the world.”
Since first entering competitions, Portland Cider Company’s Sorta Sweet has claimed over 15 awards, and since the cidery’s establishment, it has won nearly 100 awards for its products and taprooms, including Best Cider House and Best Cidery in Portland.
Portland Cider Co.’s Sorta Sweet is a love song to the Oregon craft cider movement and the company’s most award-winning cider. It’s semi-sweet, refreshing and effervescent, and is a winning example of the marriage of the owners of Portland Cider: an Oregon native & UK expat on a mission to bring quality cider to the world. The higher levels of natural sugars are balanced with the right amount of tartness that offers a fresh finish that tastes like biting into a crisp apple. Available year-round, Sorta Sweet is made from 100 percent Northwest apples.
While many wine and spirit competitions have been canceled for 2020, the 2020 Sunset International Wine Competition was determined to take place and saw a 10 percent increase in entries compared to the 2019 competition.
“All imaginable health precautions were taken to ensure the safety of judges and backroom staff, while the wines were given the full measure of respect they deserve. Secondly, we are grateful to all the wineries that sent in their wines for evaluation. This year’s entries garnered a record number of Golds and Double Golds, making for a very competitive Sweepstakes round,” said Debra Del Fiorentino, President of Wine Competitions Production & Management, who owns and operates the Sunset International Wine Competition.
About Portland Cider Company
Portland Cider Company was started in 2013 by an Oregonian and a family of British expats with the mission of bringing cider, handcrafted in the English tradition, to the Northwest. One of Oregon’s longest operating independent cider producers, Portland Cider has two taproom locations: the Portland Cider House at 3638 SE Hawthorne Blvd. and the Clackamas Taproom and Cidery at 8925 SE Jannsen Rd, Bldg. F, in Clackamas. Since its opening, the cidery has won nearly 100 awards for its products and taprooms, including being named Best Cider House and Best Cidery in Portland. For more information, visit PortlandCider.com and engage on social media at @portlandcider.
World Wine Meetings Global, the business convention established in 1984, and the WOW! (World of Organic Wines) area, launched by Vinexpo in 2017, are joining together in response to steady growth in the global market for organic products. The result is the WOW! Meetings, two days of business meetings geared to the needs of the international organic community, which will take place on February 13 and 14, 2021, on the eve of Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris 2021.
High expectations for organic products in France and internationally
In a global market where production and consumption of organic and biodynamic wines are constantly on the increase, the WOW! Meetings will bring together supply and demand under one roof. This unique location will fulfil the needs of producers and an increasingly diversified array of buyers. Major international buyers and European supermarkets, but also wine merchants and restaurants will benefit from ad hoc business meetings.
The WOW! Meetings – super-targeted business meetings
Producers of organic or biodynamic wines, or those in the final switch-over year will all be represented and the range of products will be extended to include beers, ciders, bulk wines and organic alcohol-free wines. The organising team will roll out its expertise to ensure each participant benefits from first-rate conditions – the venue is specifically equipped for the event; attendees are given a special welcome; the meetings schedules are tailored to individual needs; and there are multiple opportunities for additional networking. The meetings will be planned ahead of the event between producers taking part and qualified buyers, whose buying programmes have been clearly identified.
An unprecedented, seminal event for wine in Paris in February
The positioning of the WOW! Meetings will be extremely attractive and will champion the meaningful values specific to the organic market. Attendance at Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris by major international buyers, along with a strong local presence by supermarket buyers, wine merchants and specialist restaurateurs who form an exceptional, close-knit fabric of businesses in Paris, will be powerful attributes underpinning the success of the WOW! Meetings. This unprecedented synergy will transform Paris in February into a major international gathering for the entire wine industry.
“Our challenge is to meet the needs of the industry and to align as closely as possible with its expectations. The challenge surrounding organic products is such that we felt compelled to create this dedicated business event. Organic is no longer simply a trend, but a full-fledged industry driver. The Wow! Meetings will provide organic wines with a business meeting platform, on the eve of our major Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris exhibition”, points out Vinexpo CEO, Rodolphe Lameyse.
Organic wines will also be showcased as part of the WONDERFUL programme during Wine Paris & Vinexpo Paris where producers will have stands and there will be opportunities to take the floor and host dedicated tastings. And the WOW! area will continue to form an integral part of Vinexpo events internationally.
The World Wine Meetings umbrella brand, which hosts business events worldwide, will continue to gain traction internationally and starting in 2022 will provide new events in markets with high potential for growth.
About the WORLD WINE MEETINGS
Organised by Comexposium, the WWM and its concept of business meetings offer a unique way to meet importers from the main purchasing regions over two and a half days. For over 30 years, this global prospecting tool has been executed in several cities around the world to serve the export needs of its community of producers.
WOW! World of Organic Wines is the Vinexpo area dedicated to the international range of organic and biodynamic wines. WOW! is a reflection of Vinexpo’s determination to reach out to small and medium-sized wine companies by allowing exhibitors to take part in a prominent international event.
About VINEXPO and COMEXPOSIUM
Vinexpo Holding (owned by the Bordeaux-Gironde chamber of commerce – CCIBG) and Comexposium (the global events organiser) are in exclusive negotiations to join forces and create a new entity which will become the world’s leading wine and spirits events organiser. The new company will manage a portfolio of 10 renowned and iconic events with a view to developing an expanded, renewed and high-performance range of events. The project has the whole-hearted support of all the wine marketing boards, Vinexpo’s strategic council and the board of Wine Paris.
WILLIAMSON, N.Y. (PRWEB) – Rootstock Cider and Spirits, a family-owned and -operated cidery and distillery, has made its selection of award-winning cider and spirits available for online sale. Their selections of hard ciders are available for online ordering for shipment to 40 U.S. states, while their spirits are available for sale and shipment within the state of New York.
“We’ve seen an outpouring of support and demand for our products both near and far, and we really can’t thank our customers enough,” said Luke DeFisher of Rootstock Cider and Spirits. “As a small business, these are extremely trying times, and we are constantly looking at ways to improve sales and make our product more available.”
Rootstock Cider and Spirits is unique in that it sells both premium hard ciders and spirits, each of which is subject to different regulations and requirements for online sales. Although complicated regulations can present obstacles for small businesses, Rootstock overcame these challenges by investing in multiple online sales platforms. With these new online platforms in place, the company can now sell ciders for shipment to 40 states and can sell spirits for shipment to addresses within the state of New York. Rootstock can distribute its branded merchandise, including apparel and glassware, within all 50 states in the U.S.
“Our team has worked tirelessly to make our hard ciders, spirits, and sanitizer available for safe pickup at our tasting room,” added DeFisher. “Offering online sales is just another way to make our product more widely available and easy to obtain safely.”
Rootstock’s awarding-winning premium ciders and spirits can be found online at rootstocksciderworks.com and rootstockspirits.com.
About Rootstock Cider and Spirits
Rootstock Cider and Spirits is a family-owned and -operated farmstead cidery and distillery in Williamson, NY, located 25 miles east of Rochester, NY. Established in 2012 by David DeFisher, Rootstock is dedicated to using only locally-sourced ingredients in crafting premium ciders and fruit-based spirits. Rootstock’s high-quality products are made from fresh fruit grown on the fifth-generation DeFisher Fruit Farms, one of New York’s leading growers and wholesalers of high-quality fruits.
Corvallis, OR. — SeekOut Real Hard Seltzer invites all adventurers looking for an authentic seltzer made with fresh-pressed fruits and zero added sugar to experience premium craft hard seltzer at its finest. Made by Oregon’s largest craft cider producer 2 Towns Ciderhouse, SeekOut Seltzer is the result of the same philosophy that 2 Towns has built its brand on over the past decade. Pacific Northwest ingredients are the heart of SeekOut Seltzer with each of four seltzers consisting of only whole fruit and water. At 5% ABV and 100 calories per can, SeekOut Seltzer’s all natural seltzers are an exceptional option consumers can feel good about drinking.
SeekOut Seltzer embarks on another breakout year of success following its production of nearly 230,000 gallons of seltzer sold from March – December 2019 (100,000 cases). For 2020, SeekOut Seltzer introduces a brand new seltzer, Clementine + Grapefruit. Tangy and bright, SeekOut Seltzer uses fresh-pressed clementine and grapefruit to craft this zesty hard seltzer. Clementine + Grapefruit is available in 6-packs as well as a 12-can variety pack along with other styles, including Pineapple + Passion Fruit, Cucumber + Juniper, Key Lime + Mint, and Raspberry + Meyer Lemon.
With the rapid-fire growth of the hard seltzer category, macro brands position themselves as a better alternative to soda while producing products with the same levels of processed sugar and high caloric contents. SeekOut Seltzer delivers on its health promise by utilizing real ingredients sourced from longstanding relationships with local farmers. SeekOut Seltzer believes craft beverages should be simple, so they simply use the whole fruit that nature provides, and nothing else. The result is a hard seltzer filled with character that tastes better than the rest.
“Most hard seltzers on retail shelves are made with sugar and artificial ingredients. We saw an opening in the market to produce something delicious, and healthier for our consumers. Every seltzer we offer uses whole fruits, an apple wine base, a splash of pure essence, and carbonated water. With real ingredients, you can let the flavor speak for itself. For our brand new Clementine + Grapefruit, the fresh-pressed clementine adds such an incredible lightness to the seltzer. It’s super refreshing,” says Dave Takush (Head Cider Maker, 2 Towns Ciderhouse).
“Today’s consumer is most interested in discovering products that are healthy and wholesome. We’ve developed recipes that we can stand behind and be proud of knowing that the fruit comes from farmers we work with closely. SeekOut Seltzers are made with no malts, added sugars, concentrates, artificial flavors, corn syrup or cane sugar. And for that, we are excited to be a major producer of Oregon-made seltzer,” says Nels Jewell-Larsen (Director of Business Development, 2 Towns Ciderhouse).
Clementine + Grapefruit marks the latest addition to the SeekOut Seltzer lineup. With its bright citrus flavor profile, Clementine + Grapefruit is destined to evoke what’s truly meaningful for the modern drink. Whether spending time outdoors with friends and family, or seeking a solo journey, SeekOut Seltzer is the perfect beverage for being in the moment, living your best life.
SeekOut Seltzer is now available in nine states throughout the West Coast and Midwest.
About SeekOut Seltzer
SeekOut Seltzer aspires to inspire creativity, adventure, and thirst for life through support of authentic experiences and the use of only real ingredients. SeekOut Seltzer is made by the folks at 2 Towns Ciderhouse. Our passion has always been crafting delicious beverages from real, natural ingredients including the highest quality fresh-pressed juice we can find. We applied that same no-shortcuts approach we have with cidermaking to hard seltzer, and the result is a real hard seltzer that not only tastes better, but that you can feel good about too!
So, much to our collective surprise, we find ourselves in troubled times. At Brännland Cider we are already feeling the heat from the world shutting down. Is there no good news? Well, we just finished extracting the 2019 vintage and it is lower in sugar as a result of the unusually warm winter and so the 2019 ice cider will, as I’ve written earlier in the season, be a new thing. But contrary to what you might think the lower sugar levels reveal new possibilities and an entirely new personality in our ice cider. Apples that we’ve come to recognize over the years have changed.
Or maybe not changed as much as shown us new expressions. We are embracing this. And in the cycle of wine making there is hope. Each vintage brings renewal, closes some doors that you thought would be open forever but also opens new ones. There is a feeling of wealth going far beyond the monetary meaning of the term in having a vintage ready for fermentation in the ciderys. The feeling of adventure and discovery starts again. Every new vintage.
There have been so many times over the years when we’ve despaired over the difficulties and challenges posed by what we do and every time we’ve felt that there is nothing more can be done we have prevailed. This past season and winter have been one of those periods where we’ve thought more than a few times that we would not hit our targets, not be able to produce anything of value, not be able to move forward.
Not being able to produce dessert wine, might, in the light of current events, feel like a luxury problem and to some extent it is. On the other hand working with natural tools and methods gives you a first hand look at how, if we are willing to adapt, obstacles can be overcome and maybe even turned into assets.
We hope that you all stay well, take care of each other and can see the light at the end of whatever tunnel you might personally be faced with. Support your local businesses. Stay close to the core of your community. We will get through this stronger and wiser and better.
/Andreas Sundgren Graniti, Brännland Cider
Neil Collins has been an advocate for the Paso Robles American Viticultural Area (AVA) for more than 20 years. Neil’s winemaking has played an important role in introducing wines of balance and elegance from Paso Robles to a global audience.
“To be nominated for this award and then to be chosen by my peers as the 2019 Wine Industry Person of the Year, is at once, surprising, humbling, and a great honor,” said Neil Collins. “The Paso Robles wine community has always been good to me and to my family. I have been able to achieve successes far beyond my expectations, a few healthy failures along the way also! All with the support and encouragement of this community. I have strived to repay this by promoting and championing this great region before all else. I look forward to watching the continued growth in the reputation of our appellation as the very best in California and beyond. Thank you all so very much, my friends and neighbors.”
Mr. Collins has emerged as a sought-after authority on the Paso Robles wine region, speaking to national and international trade and media audiences with a steadfast promotion of the AVA. Often speaking about biodynamic and dry farming, Neil’s expertise in the region is paramount. Neil, and his family, also add to the collective economic prosperity of the region with Lone Madrone winery and Bristols Cider. Along with Tablas Creek Vineyard, these are businesses that extend Mr. Collins’ vision of quality craft products from the Paso Robles region.
Neil Collins was nominated and named the 2019 Paso Robles Wine Industry Person by the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance membership which represents 450+ companies including wineries, vineyards, and associated businesses.
The evening also featured the installation of the Alliance’s 2020 Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and recognition of departing board members. The incoming Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance Board of Directors (in alphabetic order) are as follows:
- Malani Anderson – Turley Wine Cellars
- Josh Beckett – Peachy Canyon Winery
- Jason Haas – Tablas Creek Vineyard
- Randy Heinzen, Coakley Vineyard / VPS
- Austin Hope – Treana and Hope Family Wines
- Sarah Kramer – Umpqua Bank
- Tyler Russell – Cordant | Nelle
- Molly Scott – JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery
- Faith Wells – Faith Wells Communications
ABOUT PASO ROBLES WINE COUNTRY ALLIANCE
The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance is the official trade and marketing organization that represents wineries, growers, and businesses in the Paso Robles American Viticultural Area. Centrally located between San Francisco and Los Angeles, along California’s Central Coast, Paso Robles Wine Country encompasses more than 40,000 vineyard acres and 200 wineries. For more information, visit www.pasowine.com. Facebook- @PasoRoblesWine, Instagram- @PasoWine, #pasowine.
PASO ROBLES, Calif., /PRNewswire/ — Calling all foodies, oenophiles and travel junkies, this inspirational film is a must for your holiday bucket list, not to mention your friends and family gift list. Alluring and heartfelt, Tin City tells the story of passionate wine country craft makers whose permanently stained hands, aching backs, and barrels of dreams weigh heavy on the mind. These are the proud battle scars of Paso Robles’ small lot wine, beer, spirit, and cider makers making a name for themselves, and a home for their barrels, in Tin City, USA. Watch the trailer here.
The film takes place inside the concentrated industrial village of Tin City hidden away in the heart of Paso Robles Wine Country—a wine region within a wine region. This industrial epicurean playground has grown into a mecca for food and wine travelers from around the world. Director Dina Mande of Juice Media has caught it all over the last couple of years.
“The documentary pulls back the curtain and allows viewers to dive past the average wine tasting room banter,” Mande said. “You actually get to meet these creative souls and understand the vision behind true boutique wine, cider, and craft beer. This is the unmistakably human element within the bottle. Once you know their stories, it only deepens what’s in your glass.”
“There is an allure; putting a vine in the ground and, many years later, having that thing be so much bigger,” says Aaron Jackson, winemaker and proprietor at Aaron Wines, in the opening scene. “There are very few things we consume in this world that give people that much joy and connect those two processes.”
Recently celebrated at San Luis Obispo Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival and LA’s LaFemme Film Festival, Tin City was acquired for North American distribution by Gravitas Ventures, is currently available for pre-order on iTunes, and will be available through VOD on Amazon.com November 26th, 2019.