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This event is SOLD OUT! Old World New World Semi-Final #1

Welcome! ...to the first of two semi-final rounds for the Old World New World / New World Challenge! The premium wines presented will be a combination of first and second place winners from the six Old World / New World Rounds held between November, 2012 and May of this year.

You are the Judge! The top three wines from this semi-final will be featured in the Championship Round on July 26.

This semi-final will pit Ted’s Old World winning wines from Italy and Spain against Kristin’s Washington and Orson’s California winners.

The wines which will be presented and judged by you:

Italy: 2008 Zeni Amarone Barriques

Italy: 2011 Zeni Bianco di Custoza Classico DOC

Spain: 2005 Cerra Anon Rioja Reserva

Washington: 2010 Claar Cellars Cabernet-Merlot Blend

Washington: 2010 Alexandria Nicole Quarry Butte

California: 2007 Waterstone Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Participants will be treated to a selection of delectable artisan cheeses, breads, and crackers.

Please pay once you have signed up since it’s first paid, first served; those who pay later or close to the 21st may not be able to attend due to the limitation on participants. All payments must be made on or before June 17.

Price is $35 in advance: http://oldworldvsnewworldsemifinals.eventbrite.com

Italy is home to some of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world and has overtaken France as the world's largest wine producer. Italian wine is exported around the world and is also extremely popular in Italy: Italians rank fifth on the world wine consumption list by volume with 42 liters per capita consumption. Grapes are grown in almost every region of the country and there are more than one million vineyards under cultivation.

Washington is often described as combining New World fruit with Old World style. The state produces wonderful wines and ranks second nationally for premium wine production with over 740 wineries. Almost all vineyards are located in the dry eastern half of the state. The three major American Viticultural areas are Columbia Valley, Yakima Valley and Walla Walla….Washington's first wine grapes were planted at Fort Vancouver in 1825 with wine grapes growing in many areas of the state by 1910. The first commercial-scale plantings began in the 1960s. The resulting rapid expansion of the industry in the mid 70s is now rivaled by today's breakneck pace, where a new winery opens nearly every 15 days.

California is nearly three-quarters the size of France and accounts for nearly 90 percent of entire American wine production. The state’s production alone is one third larger than that of Australia. If California were a separate country, it would be the world's fourth-largest wine producer. There are nearly 3,500 wineries in the Golden State with Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Paso Robles and Santa Barbara County being the most famous wine producing regions.

Ted Field is a managing founder and partner of Domaine Distributors Georgia with Andrew Tokas. Ted has been a wine educator for over 6 years and developed Come to Your Senses wine class, and co-developed the Bacchus Challenge for the Atlanta Wine Club. He is co-inventor of the Bacchus Box™ Wine Tasting Kit, and the VIniCode™ method of wine description. Ted received Atlanta’s Top Wine Professional Award in 2011.

Kristin Howlett, CSW, has been a wine enthusiast for much of her adult life and became a more serious student of wine about thirteen years ago. She successfully completed the Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) program four years ago. During her studies she discovered how climate, terroir and the winemaker can all affect the outcome of a wine. She has travelled to most of the largest U.S. wine countries, including Washington State, developing a passion for Washington wines. Interestingly, the eastern portion of the state has a similar climate to Napa, with big reds equally as fascinating yet up to 40% less! Kristin encourages you to “Come taste how passionate Washington is about their wines.”

Orson Hall of Wine Parties by Design has a passion for wine and has been providing unique, custom wine parties for individuals, groups and businesses for over 3 years. His business also provides wine tours of North Georgia and California. Orson is originally from California and graduated from UC Davis, a 45 minute drive from Napa Valley.

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  • Orson H.

    I hope that all participants enjoyed the tasting! We tasted some delicious wines and unfortunately 3 of them will not make it to the Championship Round in July. The winning wines that will advance to the Championship Round are, in order of their ranking:

    1. Italy: 2008 Zeni Amarone Barriques (Ted)
    2. California: 2007 Waterstone Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Orson)
    3. Spain: 2005 Cerro Anon Rioja Reserva (Ted)

    Next Friday we will taste and judge wines from France, New Zealand, Chile and Argentina with Andrew facing off against Debbie and Nance.

    Thanks for attending!

    June 23, 2013

  • Ted F.

    I had a great time last night. Thank you to everyone who participated.

    June 22, 2013

  • Orson H.

    I am really looking forward to this tasting! Delicious wines, tasty cheeses and an exceptional, reasonably-priced California Cab! It's hard to beat a good Cab ...

    1 · June 20, 2013

    • Orson H.

      you had to really reach for that one ....

      June 20, 2013

  • Orson H.

    For those of you who have not paid for this event, I strongly encourage you to do so in the next day or two since this event is sold out. The link to pay is: http://oldworldvsnewworldsemifinals.eventbrite.com

    I look forward to seeing you on the 21st!

    June 12, 2013

  • Ted F.

    This is going to be exciting. I emailed Federica Zeni to let her know that two of her wines had made it into the semifinals. On the 22nd, I hope to have more good news for her!

    June 11, 2013

    • Orson H.

      We actually have one excellent white wine to serve ...but the reds will probably prevail. The CA Cab is delicious - good vintage year, smooth, rated highly, good finish .... I might open one tonight…

      June 11, 2013

    • Orson H.

      Keep going ....

      June 11, 2013

  • Orson H.

    Ted and Kristin have an uphill battle. Three of these wines won their rounds but in the end, you can't beat a good California cab! Just my opinion of course .....

    June 11, 2013

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