The 2003 Wine Literary Award Tasting

  • Toast Of The 2003 Wine Literary Award Tasting
  • The 2003 Wine Literary Award Press Tasting Winery Winners
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  • The 2004 Wine Literary Award Tasting

  • The Toast Of The 2003 Wine Literary Award Tasting

    Over 80 of the world's leading wine writers and authors converged on the California Culinary Academy for the Wine Literary Award's 13th annual press tasting, held in honor of the 2003 Wine Literary Award winner.

    This year's award recipient for a "substantial contribution to the literature of wine in the English language" is Michael Broadbent. Mr. Broadbent has written and contributed to over 20 books, and has the distinction of being the longest regular contributor to Decanter Magazine, which recently published his 310th monthly article.

    Previous award winners include Hugh Johnson, Robert Parker, Dan Berger, Harry Waugh, Bob Thompson, Leon Adams, Jancis Robinson, Tom Stevenson, Gerald Asher, Gene Ford and James Halliday.

    The Wine Literary Award is a rare opportunity for American vintners to present their premier wines to the members of the international press, and without paying a penny for entry fees: the event is entirely subsidized by the The Wine Appreciation Guild in recognition of wine authors and their importance to the wine industry.

    Every year the writers and journalists attending the tasting, vote for "Best New Winery", "Best New Discovery", "Best Label", and "Best of Show".

    The 2003 Wine Literary Award Press Tasting Winery winners:

    Best New Winery: Arger-Martucci, Napa Valley.
    Best Wine Discovery: Pietra Santa Winery, 1999 "Sassolino," Cienega Valley.
    Best Label: Van Duzer Vineyards, 2000 Pinot Noir, Oregon.
    Best of Show: Silver Oak Cellars, 1999 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

    The winners were announced at The Wine Literary Award banquet to a room full of star vintners and writers.

    The Wine Literary Award would also like to thank these special sponsors:
    Ceja Vineyards
    Deerfield Ranch Winery
    Dunnewood Vineyards
    Eagle & Rose Estate
    Gloria Ferrer Champagne Caves
    Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards
    Pietra Santa Winery
    Pretty-Smith Vineyards & Winery
    Rudd Vineyards & Winery

    This was the thirteenth success in bringing together two sides of wine lively hood, makers and writers, for an evening of mutual appreciation. Next year's Wine Literary Award Press Tasting and Banquet is scheduled for April 23, 2004, again at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco (the event is traditionally held on the last Friday of April each year).

    The 2003 Wine Literary Award will air in November on WINE NETWORK TV, the world's first and only television network dedicated to wine, as its début broadcast.

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