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WEST COAST WINNERSby Jerry D. Mead
Results are in from this year's West Coast Wine Competition, the judging which focuses exclusively on wines produced on in California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia. For the last two years it has been conducted in Santa Rosa, CA by the trade publication Vineyard & Winery Management (VWM). Many observers still believe the previous sponsor, Reno, Nevada's Convention and Visitor's Bureau, made a major blunder in dropping the long-running event.
Space won't permit anything like a complete list of winners, but we will reveal both sweepstakes winners.
White wine sweepstakes (best of show) award went to Venezia 1997 "Alexander Valley" Viognier ($24). Viognier, if you're not familiar with it, is a rather exotic white variety originating in the Rhone region of France, with a structure not unlike Chardonnay, but with a flavor note I describe as peach-skin.
Venezia is the super-premium label of Geyser Peak Winery (four gold medals) and Canyon Road Winery (two golds), a dandy showing for the privately owned vintner and its "imported from Australia" winemaster Daryl Groom.
Red wine sweepstakes went to a tiny mountain winery, Kathryn Kennedy "Santa Cruz Mountains" 1996 Shiraz ($38). Alas! There are but 200 cases for sale exclusively at the winery. It is from the first crop of a neighbor's vineyard, and time will tell if its success will be repeated, turning it into some kind of limited availability cult wine.
Other major medal winners were Gallo Sonoma and Benziger, and Windsor accomplished the amazing feat of winning medals for 32 wines out of 34 entered!
Complete results are available on the internet at www.wines.com/vwm- online/westcoast98 and I'll let you know later if a printed booklet will be available.
FOR JUNE WEDDINGS
This wedding season Korbel has come out with a very informative brochure on wedding toasts, like who toasts who at the rehearsal dinner. Did you know, for example, that etiquette says the best man toasts the bride, the bride toasts the groom, and the groom toasts the bride's mother. And if you haven't run out of champagne, there is a continued order of who should toast who.
Then there's an entirely different toasting order for the reception. These are things you need to know.
There's lots more, like advice against trying to be too funny and including "inside stuff" in your toasts that most people present wouldn't get. And to never, ever say anything to embarrass anyone.
There's also advice on opening a champagne bottle, how many people a bottle will serve during a three hour reception, and what the various (there's about ten of them) Korbel champagnes taste like.
To receive the free brochure and some recorded information as well, call toll free to (800) 7-KORBEL.
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