Some of the big events in my winemaking year are the occasions when I get to meet with fellow amateur winemakers. One of them is coming up soon as the Wine Enthusiasts’ Dinner in Troy, New York at the Italian Community Center. Here we will eat, taste wines from several dozen entries and get a chance to sit in on a seminar on a winemaking-related topic. I feel at home here despite my Scots/Nordic heritage. (Once a year someone will suggest I put a vowel at the end of my name and join the “paisans.”)
These are people who grew up in a winemaking tradition and sometimes pool grapes and resources, meeting periodically to sample, bottle, and plan for the following year. They are wonderful to be with.
There are juried awards and awards selected by the audience and the winners are announced before the end of the dinner.
The Musto Wine Grape Company puts on an awards dinner in Connecticut as well and this competition is intense, on a level with the Winemakers Magazine International Competition in March....