Enter the 2021 PA Sommelier Judgment

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BACKGROUND & INSTRUCTIONS (please read)

The Pennsylvania Winery Association (PWA) is excited to announce that the Sommelier Judgment is returning for its fifth year. This year’s blind tasting is scheduled to occur on Monday, May 24th in the Philadelphia area.

Once again the PWA is working closely with Scott Zoccolillo, Wine Director at Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group, and a handful of sommeliers and wine experts to bring together this program.

The wines will be evaluated in a blind tasting by a panel of 20 to 25 judges made up of certified sommeliers and other wine experts. The judges are only told of the varietal.

Judges use criteria such as varietal correctness (color, bouquet, taste, and finish) with a strong emphasis on final impression of the wine and balance; ripeness; and consideration of the winemaking decisions (chaptalization and acidification) and if any faults are present affecting the profile of the wine.

Vinifera and Sparkling are only allowed to be submitted.

TWO (2) bottles are required per entry. There is a SIX (6) entry maximum.

Each wine MUST be labeled Pennsylvania Wine or AVA region according to TTB standards. Each wine must also be currently available to purchase by the public and the PWA strongly recommends submitting wines that may also be made available for wholesale purchase by restaurant or bar programs.

The top wines and a selection of honorable mentions will be announced and promoted by the PWA shortly after the Judgment. A best white, best red, and best overall wine are also selected from the top wines.

Finally, later this year, the PWA will be hosting a Hybrid educational tasting where we’ll host a smaller group of sommeliers and wine experts to taste and learn more about flourishing hybrid varieties in Pennsylvania. Please indicate on the form below if your winery is interested in submitting a single (1) hybrid wine for consideration at that panel when scheduled. Please do NOT send the hybrid wines with your Judgment entry at this time. Instructions and additional information will be supplied at a later date.

REQUIREMENTS

•Wine must be labeled Pennsylvania Wine or AVA region according to TTB standards.

• Vinifera and Sparkling only: must be 75% of Vinifera in any wine submission.

• Wine must be currently available to the public.

• Must list the breakdown of the make-up of each wine in the WINE SUBMISSION section provided below.

• TWO (2) bottles are required per entry. There is a SIX (6) entry maximum.

• Wines should arrive no later than May 20 (shipping instructions below).

PRICING

$45 per wine

WINE SHIPPING INSTRUCTIONS

Wines should arrive no later than Thursday, MAY 20. Ship your wines to:

ATTN: SOMM JUDGMENT TASTING
Penns Woods Winery
124 Beaver Valley Road
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
610-459-0808

If you would prefer to hand-deliver your wines, please contact Carley Razzi with the date and time you expect to deliver.

All deliveries are welcome 7 days a week.

If you have any questions, please reach out to our marketing partners SWELL at [email protected].

ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED

If you have any questions, please reach out to our marketing partners SWELL at [email protected].