LEHIGH VALLEY, PA. (PRWEB) – Discover Lehigh Valley®, the destination marketing organization dedicated to promoting tourism in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh and Northampton counties, unveiled its annual visitors guide. The 2020 Guide to Lehigh Valley seeks to inspire travelers to discover the region’s unique tourism events and attractions, while showcasing profiles of local communities, the foodie scene, arts and culture, and more.
“We’re excited to share our latest guide with locals and travelers alike as it is packed with things to do and insider tips for making the most of your visit to Lehigh Valley,” says Alicia Quinn, vice president of marketing and strategic alliances for Discover Lehigh Valley. “From experiencing living history to exploring our great neighborhoods and family-friendly festivals, the region offers a varied mix of unforgettable events and attractions that appeal to everyone.”
Included in the 2020 Guide to Lehigh Valley are features on outdoor recreation, arts and culture, Lehigh Valley’s American Viticultural Area, world-class events, and more. Readers will learn firsthand from locals on why they love living, working, and playing in Lehigh Valley. The guide also helps travelers maximize their experience by finding the best places to stay, shop, and dine while offering exclusive special offers.
“This year’s guide is also the first in Discover Lehigh Valley’s history to be fully written, designed and developed in-house. The playful guide pairs inspiring content with a sleek design to highlight stories that are only made possible in Lehigh Valley,” added Quinn.
About Discover Lehigh Valley
Discover Lehigh Valley®, the official destination marketing organization of Pennsylvania’s Lehigh and Northampton counties, is dedicated to driving economic growth and strengthening local pride through tourism to the region. Just 60 minutes north of Philadelphia and 90 minutes west of New York City, Lehigh Valley is home to must-see attractions and festivals, world-class sporting events, thrilling outdoor recreation, renowned colleges and universities, and historic sites including Bethlehem, a National Historic Landmark District and nominee on the U.S. Tentative List for World Heritage Designation. Many of America’s favorite brands such as Crayola®, Peeps®, Mike & Ike®, Martin Guitars, Mack Trucks and Olympus reign from Lehigh Valley. Visit DiscoverLehighValley.com and follow @LehighValleyPa.
The 14th Annual Kosher Food & Wine Experience (www.TheKFWE.com) is back, and there’s more to savor than ever before.
House of Rothschild and Royal Wine Corp. Celebrate Historic Partnership: 30 years of kosher wine making.
Monday, February 17, 2020 Pier 60, Chelsea Piers – Hudson River & 21st St., NYC
- New, Award-Winning Wines from Israel, California and France*
- Celebrating 30th anniversary of kosher wine production with the Rothschild family
- Open to the Trade 12 noon – 4 pm by RSVP
- Open to the Public VIP 5:30 pm-9:30; General Admission 6:30 pm-9:30 pm via tickets at TheKFWE.com
NYC, NY / Bayonne, NJ, FEB 17, 2020 – Prepare to stock up on the best new kosher wines and spirits and add to your kosher restaurant and catering bucket list – Kosher Food & Wine Experience 2020 comes to NYC FEB 17 at Chelsea Piers Hudson River on Manhattan’s West Side (Tickets: www.TheKFWE.com).
Hosted by Royal Wine Corp., KFWE is known as the destination for wine and food lovers alike, offering a sneak preview of the trendiest restaurants and the latest innovations from the kitchens of today’s hottest chefs and caterers – plus an opportunity to be among the first to sample hundreds of new top-shelf wines and spirits from around the world, many with 90+ ratings. More than 1200 will descend on Chelsea Piers to taste and sample hundreds of wines and spirits as well as unique and gourmet fare from chefs, caterers and restaurateurs.
Royal Wine celebrates the 30th anniversary of kosher wine production with Barons Edmond & Benjamin de Rothschild with the introduction of Haut-Médoc Anniversary Edition 2016 and Château Clarke Listrac-Médoc 2016. Plus a preview of Passover 2020 wines and spirits.
The Kosher Food & Wine Experience began in 2006 as an intimate wine-tasting event for a handful of guests. It quickly exploded by popular demand and grows every year in terms of attendance, exhibitors, venues, and sheer variety of products on offer. Today’s KFWE spans from New York and Miami to Los Angeles and London. In New York alone last year, KFWE showcased over 500 wines and spirits attracting more than 2500 industry professionals, consumers, and press.
What is driving this year-on-year success? Festival organizers point to three recent trends: the phenomenal growth of foodie culture, the unprecedented mainstreaming of kosher food into the American market, and the burgeoning production of premium kosher wines from around the world.
KFWE New York is hosted by Royal Wine Corp., the world’s largest producer, importer and distributor of kosher wines and spirits, headquartered in Bayonne, NJ.
NEW YORK – As plans ramp up for its third annual show, Vinexpo New York has assembled an Advisory Board of 11 U.S.-based wine and spirits industry leaders to help guide its future path. The show, which has quickly established itself as the leading international exhibition for wine and spirits professionals in North America, returns to Jacob K. Javits Convention Center March 2-3, 2020.
With the help of the Advisory Board, which comprises both past exhibitors and attendees of Vinexpo New York, show organizers are creating a strategic vision that will maximize the show’s value to North American wine and spirits professionals. The board will lend its collective expertise and contribute to the planning and growth of the show.
The inaugural members of the Vinexpo New York Advisory Board include:
· John Beaudette, President & Founder, MHW Ltd. With more than 35 years of industry experience, Beaudette founded MHW, a national beverage alcohol import, distribution and service company, in 1995. He is a board member and former chair of The National Association of Beverage Importers Inc., sits on the board of The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, and is a frequent speaker and lecturer at wine and spirits industry events.
· Cheryl Murphy Durzy, CEO, LibDib. After managing wholesale sales for her family’s 80,000-case winey for more than 17 years, Durzy launched LibDib in 2016 as the first alcohol distributor and technology company to offer a three-tier compliant web-based platform. She sits on several boards, including the California Sustainable Wine Association and Free the Grapes.
· Valerie Gerard-Masuura, VP Operations, Sopexa U.S.A. Backed by 20 years of experience, the past 10 in the U.S., Gerard-Masuura plans integrated programs promoting the products of European wine and food regions and appellations through consumer and trade activations. The French native has earned the Chevalier du Merite Agricole award for outstanding contribution to agriculture by the French Ministry of Agriculture and has been inducted into the Confrérie du Jambon de Bayonne.
· Monique Huston, Vice President Wholesale Spirits, Winebow. Huston launched her spirits career more than two decades ago at Omaha, Nebraska’s Dundee Dell, one of the world’s largest whisky and spirits collections. She joined The Winebow Group in 2015 and rose to her current position in 2017. Huston has been featured in Whisky Advocate, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal.
· Helen Mackey, Vice President of Enterprise Beverage Strategy & Innovation, Darden Restaurants. A 20-year industry veteran, Mackey leads beverage strategy and innovation for wine, spirits and beer for each of the Darden concepts including Capital Grille, Eddie Vs, Seasons 52, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steak House, Yard House, Bahama Breeze and Cheddars Scratch Kitchen. A frequent lecturer, she is a Wine Spectator panel expert on the U.S. wine market and alcohol trends, and was named Wine Enthusiast’s 2016 Wine Director of the Year.
· Vela McClam Mitchell Thomas, Chief Executive Officer, Lemae Group Wines. Thomas and her late husband founded Lemae Group Wines, a wine importing company headquartered in Atlanta, in 1999. The couple’s original mission was to bring the fine wines of Portugal to the U.S. It has since expanded to include wines from estate vineyards in France, Italy and Spain as well. Thomas has led the company for the past 10 years.
· Steve Melchiskey, Managing Member, USA Wine West. Since working the grape harvest in the Rhinegau in 1976, Melchiskey has built an illustrious career in the wine industry. He founded USA Wine West in 1996 and is also owner/winemaker at Maine Coast Vineyards and a licensed attorney specializing in wine law. Melchiskey currently advises wine portfolios in developing their U.S. distribution and marketing strategies.
· Brandy Rand, Chief Operating Officer, Americas, IWSR Drinks Market Analysis. Rand oversees demand generation and strategy for North America, Canada and the Caribbean for IWSR, the leading source of global beverage alcohol data and trends. She brings to her position 18 years of prior management experience in the industry, including Allied Domecq Spirts & Wines, William Grant & Sons, and Bacardi Limited. She also ran her own brand-building practice for many years, consulting for Anheuser-Busch, Beam Suntory and other brands.
· Brian Rosen, President, BevStrat. A leading authority in the three-tier system, retail off premise, marketing, and go-to-market strategy for the adult beverage space, Rosen has more than 30 years of industry experience. Since 2007 he has led BevStrat, America’s leading brand sales and marketing arm for brands under 100,000 cases in market. Rosen is also vice president, global brand development at MHW Ltd.
· Manilay Saito, Senior Manager North America—Wine, Beer & Spirits, Business France. Saito brings 15 years of industry experience in Japan and the U.S. to Business France, the French Trade Commission in North America. Since assuming her current role in 2013, she has served as a liaison between North American industry professionals and French producers, supervising a diverse team across the U.S. and Canada.
· Aaron Sherman, Chief Executive Officer, SevenFifty. Sherman co-founded SevenFifty, an online platform for the beverage alcohol trade, in 2012. He brings to his role more than a decade of industry experience in a range of capacities, from sommelier at leading New York restaurants like WD-50 and L’Artusi to beverage director at SLS Hotel in Los Angeles. As CEO, Sherman oversees SevenFifty’s overall company vision and growth.
For more information on Vinexpo New York, or to register to attend, visit https://www.vinexponewyork.com/.
Since its establishment in Bordeaux in 1981, on the initiative of Bordeaux Gironde’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Vinexpo has been a leading organizer of events for the wine and spirits industry. In 37 years, Vinexpo has developed a unique understanding of the market and an extensive network of key distributors around the World. The brand currently runs exhibitions in four set locations (Bordeaux, Hong Kong, New York and soon Paris), and the touring event Vinexpo Explorer. The Group also publishes every year the Vinexpo/IWSR Report, which is the most comprehensive survey of the global consumption of wine and spirits. For more information, visit www.vinexpo.com. Join Vinexpo on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn
NEW YORK (PRWEB) – Cheese. It’s the centerpiece of most holiday gatherings, but how do you decide which cheeses go with what? The latest app from Cheeses of Europe provides inspiration, recipes, a store locator and even some cheese secrets to take the guesswork and confusion out of choosing, buying and serving cheese.
Blair French, author of Party Like a Pro says: “The app provides a foolproof path to becoming an instant cheese connoisseur. You’ll be entertaining in no time with confidence knowing this app is in your back pocket.”
Wine & Beer Parings
In addition to detailed descriptions of the cheeses, their flavor profiles and links to recipes, there is also a pairing guide for each cheese. The handy app offers both wine and beer pairings with fromage. According to the “beer chef” Bruce Paton, “While wine and cheese pairings are spectacular, beer is also a great partner for many reasons. Beer and cheese are cut from the same cloth, both being the end products of fermentation.” He explains why some of the pairings in the app work so well, “Brie and Saison are both flavorful yet mild, so they form an excellent pairing. Fourme d’Ambert and Belgian Tripel, are both boldly flavored with matching intensity, so they make another good choice. Mimolette and Stout, are also highly flavorful, and the roasted flavors of the stout complement the intense nutty flavors of the cheese.”
Digital Cheese Plate Creator
Charles Duque, Managing Director of CNIEL, Americas points out another great feature of the app which helps with entertaining, the Cheese Plate Creator. “The app suggests four cheeses—one of each: mild, medium, bold and bleu—for your cheese plate. Visual representation of the cheeses helps to ensure a good variety that will be a hit with guests. Use the app to automatically create a selection or create your own, either way the app then enables you to easily share your cheese plate selections with friends and family.”
How do you pronounce fromage?
While most people know how to pronounce cheeses like Brie, Emmental and Feta, other cheeses can be trickier. Gordon Edgar, cheesemonger at Rainbow Grocery and author of several books about cheese has experienced firsthand the how some consumers struggle with pronouncing cheeses at the counter, he says, “It’s easier to serve cheeses when you know how to actually pronounce their names correctly. No one wants to be made fun of for pronouncing Brillat Savarin like ‘brillo pad’ or adding a phantom extra ‘n’ to make Queso Manchego, ‘Queso Manchengo’.” Consumers can use the audio guide in the app in order to learn how to properly pronounce over 60 different cheeses.
About Cheeses of Europe:
The Cheeses of Europe Marketing Campaign, orchestrated by CNIEL (The French Dairy Inter-Branch Organization) and co-funded by the European Union, was designed to create awareness for the variety of European cheeses available in the US market and to suggest ways that American consumers can incorporate those cheeses into their diets, recipes and lifestyles. The campaign’s goal is to increase the appeal of European cheeses and strengthen their competitive position in the growing specialty cheese category.
SAN JOSE, CALIF. (PRWEB) – San Jose’s 10th Street Distillery has earned Double Gold at the 2019 New York World Wine and Spirits Competition for its Peated Single Malt American Whisky, which expanded distribution to Southern California on November 1. 10th Street Distillery Single Malt American Whisky offers discerning whisky enthusiasts an award winning, super-premium American Single Malt that draws inspiration from both Scottish whisky-making tradition and Californian ingenuity.
10th Street Peated Single Malt American Whisky (ABV 46 %, MSRP $65) is the first whisky produced in San Jose. It is crafted by a small, passionate team with painstaking attention to detail, combining time-tested methods with a unique sense of adventure. The carefully crafted harmony between the wood, malt and peat has resulted in a delicate, balanced whisky with subtle complexity which has already won Best in Class Gold at Whiskies of the World.
“We wanted to make an authentic peated whisky with California provenance. So, we needed a malted barley that had been dried over a peat fire to give it that essential peat reek with a touch of smoke,” explains 10th Street Distillery co-founder Virag Saksena. “At the same time, we also wanted it to be distinctly Californian, incorporating local terroir.”
After months of searching, partners Virag Saksena and Vishal Gauri found a maltster who created a custom peated malt that perfectly complements the alkaline, mineral-rich water of the Bay Area – the essence and key ingredient in their distillate. The gentle heathery notes of the peat used for malting allowed them to craft a flavor profile which is distinctly peaty yet extremely approachable.
10th Street Distillery founders are engineers with a steadfast passion for making things better. They refused to accept the status quo of making whisky in America (where whisky is spelled with an ‘e’). First, they learned the old ways of making Scotch whisky from the masters; then, they reinterpreted these techniques with an engineer’s precise, meticulous attention to detail and a willingness to erase boundaries. The culmination of eight years of design and development efforts in San Jose’s first modern distillery.
10th Street Distillery’s alembic-shaped, double-pot copper stills are derived from traditional copper pot designs with unique custom modifications for a complex flavor profile. The top-quality, ex-bourbon barrels slowly age and develop the whisky’s smooth, velvety expression without overpowering it with wood. The influence of local microflora during the extended fermentation adds a touch of the local terroir. A premium whisky that respects tradition while breaking new ground, 10th Street’s Peated Single Malt American Whisky promises to be a new American classic.
Peated Single Malt American Whiskey Tasting Notes:
Nose: Citrus, with a peat smoke essence
Color: Light golden
Palate: Creamy full flavors of vanilla and dark red apple peels, turning into rounded peat flavors. A delicate balance of fruity and smoky notes.
Finish: Full bodied, buttery, with a lingering peaty finish
About 10th Street Distillery:
San Jose’s first craft distillery, 10th Street Distillery was founded by two engineers with just one objective – creating world-class whiskies. A grain-to-glass distillery, it reinterprets time-honored traditions using modern techniques and engineering ingenuity to create its award-winning products. Their first product is a Peated Single Malt Whisky, a new American classic that respects tradition, but is not afraid to forge a new path.
NEW YORK – The leading international exhibition for wine and spirits professionals in North America, Vinexpo New York returns for a third year, March 2-3, 2020, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The 2020 show promises to build on the momentum of the March 2019 program, which drew 400 exhibitors and 3,000 wine and spirits professionals—three-quarters of whom indicated they are directly involved in purchasing.
Jointly organized with Diversified Communications, Vinexpo New York is open exclusively to trade professionals. It features two full days of educational programming, networking opportunities, and an exhibition hall strategically organized to foster business relationships between both domestic and international producers and American importers, distributors, retailers, brokers, e-commerce representatives, on-trade buyers and sommeliers. Registration for attendees is now open, with an early bird rate offered through Nov. 30.
The 2020 show will introduce several significant new features, among them a new Importer Pavilion that will provide importers with an efficient platform to showcase their wine and spirits portfolios to top buyers and decision-makers from all regions of the U.S. and Canada. Also new is a Key Buyer Program offering VIP perks to high-volume wine and spirits buyers from top distributors and importers. Key buyers enjoy free entry to the exhibit hall, including all networking events, special events, One to Wine Meetings, conferences and master classes. They also have exclusive access to a Key Buyer Lounge that provides a comfortable place, stocked with complimentary refreshments, to meet with their team during the expo. Key buyer nominations are being accepted at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Vinexpo New York 2020 will also see the return of popular signature offerings like the complimentary One to Wine Meetings matchmaking service and WOW! World of Organic Wines, an exhibit and tasting area devoted exclusively to organic and biodynamic wines and spirits from around the world. More details of the 2020 program will be announced shortly.
Mary Larkin, president of Diversified Communications remarked, “We’re excited to continue our partnership with Vinexpo and to once again bring its power to America, where wine and spirits producers from around the globe have an unequalled opportunity to showcase their products to the largest wine-consuming market in the world.”
Added Vinexpo CEO Rodolphe Lameyse, “The strong results of the past two Vinexpo New York shows, and the early interest we are seeing from exhibitors for 2020, illustrates just how vital it has become in three short years to the international wine and spirits business. The show remains the single best opportunity for U.S. importers, distributors, sommeliers and other trade professionals to meet hundreds of international producers in one location.”
For more information or to register to attend, visit www.vinexponewyork.com.
Since its establishment in Bordeaux in 1981, on the initiative of Bordeaux Gironde’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Vinexpo has been a leading organizer of events for the wine and spirits industry. In 37 years, Vinexpo has developed a unique understanding of the market and an extensive network of key distributors around the World. The brand currently runs exhibitions in four set locations (Bordeaux, Hong Kong, New York and soon Paris), and the touring event Vinexpo Explorer. The Group also publishes every year the Vinexpo/IWSR Report, which is the most comprehensive survey of the global consumption of wine and spirits. For more information, visit www.vinexpo.com. Join Vinexpo on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.
London – the World’s Best Wine Lists in association with Gaggenau have been announced, with Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient, receiving the honor of Wine List of the Year, Best Hotel Wine List in the World, and Champions’ League World’s Best By-the-Glass Wine List 2019.
The World’s Best Wine Lists celebrated its sixth anniversary with a prestigious judging panel. Chaired by Neil Beckett, World of Fine Wine Editor, and featuring writer and broadcaster, Andrew Jefford; award-winning sommelier, Andreas Larsson; publisher and writer Ch’ng Poh Tiong; wine writers Elin McCoy, Francis Percival and Alder Yarrow; sommelier Luciana Girotto; and wine writer and lecturer Anne Krebiehl MW. They assessed over 1,000 of the world’s best wine lists to determine the shortlist. The nominees and winners are based on a range of criteria including breadth, depth, interest, quality, value, clarity and accuracy.
Hidden in the Crocodile River Valley in the lush Francolin Conservancy, Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient is one of South Africa’s finest luxury hotels – featuring one of the country’s best loved and most respected restaurants, worthy of its supreme praise and three top recognitions at the World’s Best Wine Lists Awards 2019. The creative cookery of Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient is well matched by a superb modern wine list containing over 5,000 selections. Described by our judges as “a phenomenal list that is a joy to explore”.
The awards are renowned as the Michelin Stars of the wine list world and include a number of best-in-class category winners including HIDE for Best Spirits List in the World; The World Residences at Sea for Best Cruise Ship Wine List in the World; Nº5 Wine Bar for Best Wine Bar List in the World; Air France for Best Airline Wine List in the World and for the sixth year in a row, Pix Pâtisserie for Best Champagne & Sparkling Wine List in the World. The night was also a celebration of new restaurants, with Chicago’s The Purple Pig being awarded Best By-the-Glass Wine List Without Coravin® in the World; and Lake Buena Vista, Florida’s Wine Bar George taking Best Micro Wine List in the World.
Best Long Wine List in the World 2019 – Geranium, Copenhagen
Best Medium-Size Wine List in the World 2019 – Sager + Wilde Hackney Road, London
Best Short Wine List in the World 2019 – Blue Hill, New York
Best Micro Wine List in the World 2019 – Wine Bar George, Lake Buena Vista
Best Regional Wine List in the World 2019 – The Yeatman, Vila Nova de Gaia
Best Champagne & Sparkling Wine List in the World 2019 – Pix Pâtisserie, Portland
Best Dessert & Fortified Wine List in the World 2019 – Antica Bottega del Vino, Verona
Best Spirits List in the World 2019 – Hide, London
Best By-the-Glass Wine List Without Coravin® in the World 2019 – The Purple Pig, Chicago
Best By-the-Glass Wine List With Coravin® in the World 2019 – Nº5 Wine Bar, Toulouse
Best Wine Bar List in the World 2019 – Nº5 Wine Bar, Toulouse
Best Hotel Wine List in the World 2019 – Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient, Pretoria
Most Original Wine List in the World 2019 – Terroir, New York
Best Designed Wine List in the World 2019 – The Restaurant at Meadowood, Napa
Best Airline Wine List in the World 2019 – Air France
Best Cruise Ship Wine List in the World 2019 – The World Residences at Sea
Wine List of the Year 2019 – Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient, Pretoria
Best Sake List in the World 2019 – Saké, The Rocks, Sydney
Champions’ League World’s Best Wine List 2019 – Eleven Madison Park, New York
Champions’ League Best Champagne & Sparkling Wine List 2019 – Eleven Madison Park, New York
Champions’ League Best By-the-Glass Wine List 2019 – Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient, Pretoria
Champions’ League Best Dessert & Fortified Wine List 2019 – Robuchon au Dôme at Grand Hotel Lisboa, Macau
Champions’ League Best Spirits List 2019 – The Barn at Blackberry Farm, Tennessee
The full list of winners will be announced soon.
FINGER LAKES WINE COUNTRY, N.Y. — Finger Lakes Wine Country has once again been recognized as the Best Wine Region by USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. The region was named the Best Wine Region in 2018 as well. Over a period of 28 days, readers voted for their favorite wine region through USA Today’s online poll. The Finger Lakes region competed against nineteen other wine regions across the United States; the Top 10 being recognized by USA Today as the best, with the Finger Lakes taking the highest honor once again.
President of Finger Lakes Wine Country, Laury Ward, expressed excitement at the news and stated, “To receive this honorable award two years in a row is a testament to our local community of farmers, winemakers, and hospitality ambassadors. And to the many visitors, who, through word of mouth, and passion-driven branding and marketing of the region, have discovered and fallen in love with our stunning destination.”
Finger Lakes Wine Country is named for the long, slender glacially-carved lakes that contribute to the exceptional terroir that is characteristic to the region. It is home to more than 140 wineries that feature a diverse selection of cool-climate wines including Riesling, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir, among many others. Our picturesque landscape entices visitors from around the globe to discover our world-class wine, award-winning craft beverages, historic small towns and welcoming communities, local gastronomy, and the perfect backdrop for year-round outdoor recreation.
For more information, please visit www.FingerLakesWineCountry.com. Find us on social media! @FLXwinecountry #myFLX
NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — U.S. supermarket wines, once considered to be poorly made and rarely worth drinking, scored a major success at the 2019 International Salute to Excellence awards for private label in Amsterdam, winning seven top honors in the category.
The award-winning wines were:
From Costco: Kirkland Signature Bordeaux Supérieur 2016 (Bordeaux, $10), best quality; Kirkland Signature Asolo Prosecco NV (Italy, $10). best value.
From Trader Joe’s: Trader Joe’s organic Grower’s Reserve Merlot 2017 (California, $5), best quality; Trader Joe’s Platinum Reserve Pinot Noir 2017 (Russian River Valley, $15), best quality.
From Aldi US: Evanta Malbec 2017 (Argentina, $4), best value; Scarlet Path Zinfandel 2017 (Lodi, $8), best quality; Outlander Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 (Paso Robles, $9), best quality.
This is the best performance ever recorded for wines sold exclusively by U.S. supermarkets, more than doubling the number of 2018 winners. The showing demonstrates that U.S. private label wines continue to get closer to their European counterparts in terms of value and quality – especially among wines costing less than $15. This matters because wines that are sold exclusively by European supermarkets have long been considered among the best wine in the world at combining those two things.
“Don’t overlook private label store wines,” said Washington Post wine columnist Dave McIntrye, one of 18 international judges who participated in the 2019 wine awards program. “These were good value, high quality bottlings. Some stores are doing a great job sourcing really good juice.”
Wines were judged in 25 categories by varietal, style, and appellation, and each category was judged for best quality and best value. The 18 men and women who judged the competition came from around the world, and included Masters of Wines, sommeliers, winemakers, wine writers, wine educators, and retailers. They judged 350 wines from 40 retailers in 11 countries.
To see all results for the 2019 judging, visit www.plmasalute.com/wine-awards. The international Salute to Excellence Wine Awards are a competition sponsored by the Private Label Manufacturers Association, with offices in New York and Amsterdam. Founded in 1979, PLMA today represents 4,000 companies who are involved in the manufacture and distribution of store brand products in foods and beverages, as well as home and health products. PLMA sponsors two trade shows annually in Chicago and Amsterdam.