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A Rosé Wine from Hungary Shocks the World at The Rosé Competition 2018


American FineWineFt. Lauderdale, FL – (April 18, 2018) – THE Rosé Competition 2018, under the auspices of the American Fine Wine Competition held its judging at RoboVault, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on April 10, 2018. Eight esteemed wine judges gave out numerous awards, but critically selected four superb Double Gold finalists for Best in Show – Dry.  The final four were: 2017 Rodney Strong Vineyards from Russian River Valley, California ($25); 2017 Chateau LaFayette Reneau from the Finger Lakes, New York ($17); 2017 La Vieille Ferme, Vin de France, France ($10); and 2017 Sauska from Villany, Hungary ($15). After careful deliberation, the judges picked Sauska, from Hungary as “Best in Show – Dry Rosé! This delightful Rosé combined a unique blend of grapes that included: Blaufrankisch (26%), Merlot (24%), Pinot Noir (19%), Cabernet Sauvignon (16%), Syrah (9%) and Cabernet Franc (6%). Reached in Hungary, Proprietor Andrea Sauska said, “We can’t believe we have won this competition! First ever American big wine award of our life. Thanks to you, dear American Fine Wine Competition, this competition is international, the judging fair and blind, and chances are equal.”  Congratulations go out to an excellent new player on the Rosé scene.

Several outstanding bottles of bubbly were judged in the Sparkling Rosé wine category. The winning wine was (NV) J Vineyards from Healdsburg, California ($45). Congratulation J, for Best in Show – Sparkling. Other notable Gold Medal winning Sparkling Rosés included: 2014 Domaine Carneros ($42) and 2014 Peju Province ($32) from Napa, CA; 2013 Rotari ($20) from Trentodoc, Italy; and (NV) Vina Cono Sur, ($15) Bio Bio Valley, Chile.

THE Rosé Competition 2018, received a total of 173 entries and awarded 18 Double Gold Medals, 25 Gold Medals and 92 Silver Medals.  A list of all results can be found at http://americanfinewinecompetition.org/rose-results/

“This is different from what I’ve done in the past. It was not only a pleasure, but exciting,” said Shari Gherman, President of The American Fine Wine Competition. “And thanks to Bob Ecker for bringing THE Rosé Competition to me, and to Florida.”

Bob Ecker is a Napa Valley based wine writer, photographer and recurrent wine judge who founded The Rosé Competition in 2013, the very first competition of all Rosé wines in the United States.  His wine and travel content, as well as images are published worldwide.  In 2018, Ecker partnered with Shari Gherman, President of the prestigious American Fine Wine Competition & Gala, which recently celebrated its 11th year. Together, they successfully brought THE Rose Competition 2018, to the East Coast of America.

Expertly run by Shari Gherman, President, the American Fine Wine Competition & Charity Wine Gala, she has been bringing recognition to the best wines produced in America for the past ten years. This “invitation-only” judging accepts up to 850 of the finest wines produced in the country to participate. American Fine Wine has become one of the most influential and recognized wine events in the country. Each year, the Competition is followed by the annual Charity Wine Gala. This year it will take place at Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina in Ft. Lauderdale and will benefit the Autism Society of Florida. Many Award-Winning Rosés from THE Rosé Competition 2018 will be poured at the Gala.  Since its inception, AFWC has raised more than $1,000,000 for charity.

RoboVault is a temperature controlled self-storage facility which houses fine wine collections, exotic cars, and valuables in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. www.robovault.com/

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