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Old World New World Championship

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. 

http://oldworldvsnewworldchampionships.eventbrite.com

The Countries

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.

 

The Presenters

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.

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  • Nance D.

    Outstanding event at Wine Xplorer as usual. Katt Martin kept her cool as we attempted to get things ready for a record crowd of tasters. Oh what fun to compete with some of the best reds on the market. And have you ever tasted essence of Lady Bugs in a wine?? Ask Stephen to clarify. . . . .

    July 29, 2013

  • Orson H.

    My heartfelt thanks to all the presenters - Ted, Nance, Andrew, Debbie and Kristin - for their time, effort and expertise in making this series an enjoyable event for all participants. Thank you!

    July 28, 2013

  • Orson H.

    Thanks to all for attending our championship event and making it a successful event! I hope that you enjoyed tasting the top 6 wines that were judged the best in our prior six rounds and two semi-finals.

    You judged Ted Field’s 2008 Zeni Amarone Barriques from Italy as our top wine! Congratulations, Ted, on being the champion! Ted also took 3rd place with his 2005 Cerro Anon Rioja Reserva from Spain.

    Nance Donaldson’s 2011 Paul Hobbs Felino Malbec from Argentina was a close 2nd to Ted’s top wine. In summary:
    1. 2008 Zeni Amarone Barriques, Italy (Ted)
    2. 2011 Paul Hobbs Felino Malbec, Argentina (Nance)
    3. 2005 Cerro Anon Rioja Reserva, Spain (Ted)
    4. 2009 Vina Morande Gran Reserve Syrah, Chile (Nance)
    5. 2007 Waterstone Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, California (Orson)
    6. 2011 Saint Clair Vicar's Choice Family Estate Pinot Noir, New Zealand (Debbie)

    July 28, 2013

  • Kc M.

    Great time!

    July 27, 2013

  • Gareth

    Great first event for us. Thank you to everyone that made it possible. Gareth

    July 27, 2013

  • Robert

    Great event! The wines were very good. It was great to get reacquainted with Syrah.

    July 27, 2013

  • Ted F.

    Thank you to all of the volunteers Sam, Hope and Debbie. And of course Katt, Orson and Nance. It was a big crowd but you guys made it happen.

    July 27, 2013

  • DennisC

    Super thanks to all the presenters - Orson, Ted, Debbie & Nance, and our host Katt! Was one of the best championships I have attended, and who knew there was a sporting side to wine!

    1 · July 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    excellent.. well organized... exquisite wines and cheese (ole for the manchego cheese!!!!)

    1 · July 26, 2013

  • Lisa B.

    And what is the best California Cab in the championship?

    July 22, 2013

    • Orson H.

      I just realized that you had access to insider's information.

      July 26, 2013

    • Orson H.

      I just got a call from teh SEC and IRS ...they asked me something about a Tea Party; I told them that it was a Wine Party.

      July 26, 2013

  • Nance D.

    Enough of this banter back and forth. Everyone knows that Argentina and Chilean winemakers are so passionate about their wines that the love flows through every bottle. Everyone is going to absolutely LOVE these wines! Might as well surrender the trophy to me now.

    2 · July 26, 2013

  • Orson H.

    Vegas has Ted by a liter. However, decanting can close the gap.

    July 25, 2013

  • Orson H.

    For those bringing one or more guests, please email me their first names so I can create a personalized score card for them.
    Thanks,
    Orson
    [masked]

    July 25, 2013

  • Christine

    unfortunately I will not be able to make it, but sure it will be good fun!

    July 24, 2013

  • Kc M.

    Have been away from wine for a while and looking forward to getting back involved!

    July 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    paid and excited!

    July 23, 2013

  • Orson H.

    Anyone willing to make a prediction beside the biased presenters, me included?

    July 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I would have to check my notes but I'm thinking Rioja or Cab. Do you still have my notes from the semifinals Orson? :-)

      July 23, 2013

    • Orson H.

      I don't have your notes, Samantha, but I believe that you liked them both, the Cab for sure. We might do a vertical cab tasting at the conclusion if Katt will allow.

      July 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward!

    July 21, 2013

  • Becky

    I have paid via the link provided. Look forward to meeting everyone and trying some new wines!

    July 19, 2013

  • Orson H.

    For those who have not paid yet, please make your payment online at the link shown in the event description. Thanks.
    http://oldworldvsnewworldchampionships.eventbrite.com

    July 19, 2013

  • Robert

    I love each of these style of wines. Can't wait!

    1 · July 15, 2013

  • Althea

    I will be out of town

    July 15, 2013

  • Vernon C.

    My frist meetup, looking forward to it

    July 13, 2013

  • Nance D.

    I hope to add Ed Rogers to the waiting list and he has prepaid. Can't wait to see everyone at the finals!

    June 29, 2013

    • Orson H.

      I just added a +1 for you so Ed can attend.

      July 2, 2013

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