The 2005 Wine Literary Award Tasting and Banquet — Friday, April 29.

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  • Andrea (Immer) Robinson Honored at Gala Event

    San Francisco CA (May 2, 2005)………On Friday, April 29 at the California Culinary Academy of San Francisco, with, collectively, 190 winemakers, winery owners and wine writers looking on, Andrea Robinson received the Wine Literary Award for “exceptional contribution to the literature of wine.”.

    In her acceptance speech she recalled her past as an investment banker, and the day she dropped Wall Street and began a career that would eventually lead to one of the most influential in American wine writing. But, as always, she was modest: “I hope to one day write the books to justify this honor.”

    Keynote speaker Dan Berger said of Andrea Robinson, “She’s exactly what the industry needs. Wine is more a reflection of her, than she is a reflection of wine.”

    Andrea Robinson’s first book, Great Wine Made Simple, was an enormous success, and quickly established her as one of America’s top wine writers. She has since published, Andrea Immer’s Wine Buying Guide for Everyone (published in 2002 and updated annually), Great Tastes Made Simple (2002), and her most recent book, Everyday Dining With Wine (2004). She also has the regular attention of 700,000 monthly readers in her Esquire Magazine, and Health Magazine columns. Outside of Andrea Robinson’s literary outlets she also has a weekly TV program called, “Simply Wine,” airing on the Fine Living Network.

    Previous WLA winners include Hugh Johnson, Robert Parker, Dan Berger, Harry Waugh, Robert Thompson, Leon Adams, Jancis Robinson, Tom Stevenson, Gerald Asher, Gene Ford, James Halliday, Michael Broadbent and Robert Lawrence Balzer.

    The Wine Literary Award is a two-part event: a daytime press-only tasting of over 1,000 American wines, followed by the evening grand tasting and award banquet. The Wine Literary Award is a rare opportunity for American vintners to present their premier wines to the members of the international press without paying a penny for entry fees. The event is entirely subsidized by The Wine Appreciation Guild in recognition of wine authors and their importance to the wine industry.

    At the press tasting over 80 international journalist and writers voted for “Best New Winery,” “Best Wine Discovery, Red and White” “Best Package/Label.” and “Best of Show, Red and White.”

    The 2005 Wine Literary Award Press Tasting Winners

    Best Wine Discovery (Red)

    De La Montanya 2003 Reserve Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

    XYZin 2003 Zinfandel, Sandy Lane Vineyard, Contra Costa County
    Silkwood 2002 Petite Sirah, Stanislaus County

    Best Wine Discovery (White)

    Mount Baker Vineyards 2003 Viognier, Washington

    Becker Vineyards 2004 Chardonnay, Texas
    Williamsburg 2002 Chardonnay, Virginia

    Best New Winery

    Harmonique, Anderson Valley, California

    Keswick Vineyards, Virginia
    Q, Napa Valley

    Best Package/Label

    Laurel Lake “Creedence”, Long Island

    Viansa 2002 “Lorenzo”, Sonoma Valley
    Niebaum Coppola 2004 “Sofia” Rose’ of Pinot Noir, Carneros

    Best Of Show (Red)

    Kunde Estate, Reserve Cabernet, 2001, Reserve, Sonoma Valley

    Franciscan 2001 “Magnificat”, Napa Valley
    Silvan Ridge, 2002 Pinot Noir, Oregon

    Best Of Show (White)

    Paul Hobbs, Chardonnay, 2003 Russian River Valley

    St. Supery 2004, “Dollarhide” Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley
    Matanzas Creek 2002 Sauvignon Blanc, California

    2005 Press Tasting Photos

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