I was given a link to a competition by my wife. An e-mail, a returned phone call and 2.5 hours later, 9 wines were entered into the 2011 Geyserville Amateur Winemakers Competition.
I went to the cellar and started pulling out sample bottles. Then I tasted, and decided on these.
- Mojo II
- Rice wine
- chili lime
- Phoenix Red
- 7 sundays Rincon Red field blend.
http://geyserville.towns.pressdemocrat.com/2012/02/photos/geyservilles-annual-amateur-winemaking-competition/Geyserville’s Annual Amateur Winemaking Competition
The Geyserville Chamber’s Annual Amateur Winemaking Competitionwill be held Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the Oriental Hall/Grange, with a showcase dinner to honor all entries Mar. 7 at Geyserville Inn, 21714 Geyserville Ave.
Sylvia Linde of Linde Vineyards started this competition in 1995 to share and compare products with other local winemakers. The competition soon became part of the Fall Colors Festival.
Amateur winemaker Ron Scheiber, co-owner of the Hope Merrill/Hope Bosworth B & Bs took over the the competition 11 years ago. He took it to a new level by featuring the award winning wines at the March Chamber of Commerce Dinner. It has now outgrown the dinner, with over 60 entries in 2011.
The Geyserville Inn and Dan Christianson will partner with Scheiber and the Geyserville Amatuer Winemaking Competition to host an awards dinner on Mar.7 that will feature the wines entered.
All Sonoma County residents are encouraged to enter their home crafted wine. Entries are to be dropped off at Bosworth & Sons.
Scheiber will personally organize all the wines entered , then Scheiber and his crew will brown bag and schlep the wine to its destination for tasting by local wine industry professionals.
This year’s judges are Christian Lane, Accellarate Consulting & Wine Services; Dan Glover, L’Objet Noir Wines; Deborah Mitchel Serval, Vintage Wine Estates; Erik Overholt, Linde Vineyards; Graham Parnell, Enology Professional; Jeremy Kreck, Mill Creek Vineyards & Winery; Jim Forchini,Forchini Vineyards & Winery; Phyllis Zouzounis, Deux Amis Winery; and Richard Morehouse, Pedroncelli Winery.
Info is available at amateur-wines.com or from Scheiber at firstname.lastname@example.org or 857-3356. The fee is $8 per entry of 2 bottles of wine. Applications are at the home page or you can pick one up at Bosworth & Sons. Volunteers are welcome and needed;contact Ron Scheiber.
Tickets for the Geyserville Amateur Wine Competition Dinner are available atwww.geyservillecc.com.