This is it! The Old World New World Championship Round that you don’t want to miss. 36 wines from around the world have been judged in the first 6 rounds and 2 semi-final rounds. The wines presented at this event are the top six (6) wines as judged by our past participants. Nance, Debbie, Ted and Orson will go toe to toe trying to convince you that their wine is your favorite and the one that you should rate the highest. That’s right, you’re the Judge!
The top 6 wines to be tasted and judged by you, selected by the participants in the semi-finals, are:
Italy: 2008 Zeni Amarone Barriques
Spain: 2005 Cerro Anon Rioja Reserva
Argentina: 2011 Paul Hobbs Felino Malbec
Chile: 2009 Vina Morande Gran Reserve Syrah
New Zealand: 2011 Saint Clair Vicar's Choice Family Estate Pinot Noir
California: 2007 Waterstone Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Participants will be treated to a selection of delectable cheeses, breads, crackers, and almonds.
$35.00 advance purchase only
It’s important that you pay once you have signed up.
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.
Spain has a long history of producing fine wines, particularly the red wines of Rioja. Surprisingly, this famous name is just one small region among many, some of which produce equally good wines. Spain has the largest area of land dedicated to viticulture (grape growing) of any country in the world.
Argentina: their wine industry is the fifth largest producer of wine in the world. Yet, only recently - over the last ten or fifteen years - has its industry really begun to develop the methods, attitudes and will to become a serious player in the international wine market. High volume, low quality vines are being replaced by premium varieties with wines now that are increasingly recognized as being amongst the best in the world.
Chile: the Spanish were amongst the first to settle and engage in wine growing in Chile dating back to the 16th century. Then in the 1800’s, a renaissance took place with French scientists and vineyard people made their way to South America, bringing grape vine cuttings from home, typically Bordeaux varieties - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenère and Cabernet Franc. Chile is one of the top ten wine producing countries in the world.
New Zealand: a special combination of soil, climate and water, coupled with their innovative pioneering spirit and commitment to quality, all come together to produce excellent wines which have been produced by New Zealanders for over two centuries! This country, the 20th largest wine producer in the world, is well-known for their Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc wines.
California is nearly three-quarters the size of France and accounts for nearly 90 percent of the American wine production. If California were a separate country, it would be the world's fourth-largest wine producer. With nearly 3,500 wineries, Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Paso Robles and Santa Barbara County being the most famous wine producing regions. The state’s wine industry grew dramatically after the Judgment of Paris, 1976.
Nance S. Donaldson, CCIM, is a Certified Specialist of Wine, WSET Level III, and a first rate wine educator bringing a fun and creative approach to tasting. She has studied wine in the vineyards of Australia, Italy, Austria, France, New Zealand, California and the North Georgia Mountains. Ms. Donaldson blended her passion for wines with her extensive 22-year experience in commercial real estate to form her new company. When she's not teaching the art of wine tasting, she is out helping clients find the best locations for their wine-related industries.
Debbie Jones, CSW, has been an instructor at Wine Xplorer since it opened in March 2012. In addition, she has worked as the Senior Wine Consultant for Grape Crush Productions, an event planning and marketing company, since October 2010. She earned the Certified Specialist of Wine credential from the Society of Wine Educators in July 2009. She has extensive experience in department store retail in both store and corporate support environments.
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.
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.