The annual, largest wine tasting of American wine in the country takes place Sunday, Feb. 16 in San Francisco at Fort Mason.
If you'd like to try some of the 5,500 wines entered, this is your chance.
Tickets are $70 in advance or $85 at the door. Food tibits from top chefs are also part of the scene and are included with your ticket. Details here.
Note this is not as prestigious an award as it may sound, since many, many top wineries choose not to participate. However among those who enter, there are some who truly are high quality.
The organic wineries taking best in class this year include:
• Yorkville Cellars for its Bordeaux blend
• Lucas Winery for its Chardonnay - this was a hotly contested category
• McFadden Vineyards for its new Dessert Riesling (I look forward to trying it; it hasn't hit the market yet) which was a category with surprisingly stiff competition
McFadden also scored a Double Gold for their 2011 Chardonnay - most impressive.
Congratulations to these winners!