Saturday, January 26, 2013

4th Annual Denver International Beer Competition adds Gluten Free Beers!

The 4th Annual Denver International Beer Competition promises to be the best ever! 

This annual competition is organized by Wine Country Network, Inc. The 2013 competition promises numerous changes and improvements to the its judging system that is is sure to generate more 2013 medal winners. 

The competition is expanding it's beet categories this year with the addition of: 

•Gluten Free Beer
•Black International IPA'S
•American-Style-Brett Ale
•Wood-and-Barrell-Aged Beer

Brewers may download entry forms at this webpage: 

Note: A 20% Early Bird discount is offered for entries that are received and paid for before February 15, 2013. 

The 2013 Denver International Beer Competition is officially sanctioned by the BJCP. It is America's most food friendly commercial beer competition. 

Gold and Silver medal winners will be showcased at a unique food & beer pairing competition called Pairsine, Chefs Food & Beer on Thursday June 13, 2013 at The Omni Interlocken Resort's, beautiful outdoor pavilion.

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Looks like there are enough Wine Festival already established for the Denver area. The promoters of the new Colorado International Wine Festival have decided to postpone their event until Spring 2014.
We wish them luck! There are more than 100 wine festivals in Colorado alone and perhaps wineries and distributors are feeling that they need to preserve their wine and energy.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

The Art of The Wine Glass

The Art Of The Wine Glass! 

Riedel Vinum XL Pinot Noir Glass
EuroCave SoWine Home Wine Bar (Google Affiliate Ad)

Nothing upsets me more than a restaurant that provides sub par wine service! 
Most common wine no no's are serving excessively cold white wine from a refrigerator. The second is crappy wine glasses. I feel that if a restaurant sells wines on their list for $40 or higher, that they should provide them to their customers in a good wine glass, period! 

Investing in quality glassware can also have a big improvement on how your wine tastes. The industry leader is Riedel (rhymes with needle). The Riedel company is 250 years strong and the world pioneers of glass design and shapes. Glasses are widely distributed throughout the US. A number of fine dining establishments such as Danny Meyer Restaurants serve wine to their customer exclusively in Riedel glasses. 

If you have an opportunity to attend a Riedel Glass Tasting Seminar be sure to participate. Attending will make you a believer! It is said that tasting wine challenges your 5 senses. Riedel glasses can reveal a 6th sense, the texture of wine. 

This summer I had the pleasure of attending a seminar that was led by Maximilian Riedel. It featured 4 different Vinum XL wine glasses versus "joker" glasses, which are basic hotel glasses. 

Riedel's Oaked Chardonnay Glass showed a drastic improvement to a popular selling California Oaked Chardonnay. "Do you wish to go on a Chardonnay diet?" Asked Mr. Riedel. "A Chardonnay of this quality is diluted in the wrong glass!"

I noticed a drastic improvement of all wines tasted with these glasses. Primary improvement was expanded fruit flavors, acidity, roundness and texture. When we switched wines and poured them into the wrong glasses, alcohol became more prominent and acidity was bumped. 

The Riedel Vinum XL set includes one each glass for Grand Cru Riesling, Montrachet/Oaked Chardonnay, Pinot Noir/Burgundy and Cabernet Sauvignon. 
Retail price: $135

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