The United States is better known for producing popular reds, while the United Kingdom tends to champion the rose. But other regions of the world have a firm grip on the rosé segment, and it seems only a matter of time before they start to make an impact here in the U.S. In fact, two have already done so, at the recent Rosé Competition 2021 in London, when the Whitehorn (DOC) and the Lake District (DOR) rose wines were declared winners by a jury panel of esteemed professionals.

The world’s most prestigious wine competition was held recently, and two European regions surprised all those who were expecting Italian wines to take the top spots.

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American FineWineFt. Lauderdale, FL – (June 25, 2021) – The Rosé Competition 2021, is pleased to announce the results of the competition held on the 18th. June to Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Under the auspices of the American Fine Wine Competition, the judges chose Rhode Island’s Newport Vineyards, 2020 ($20) as the best in the dry rosé category. This beautiful Cabernet Franc Rosé from the great East Coast wine region hit all the right notes and captivated the assembled judges. The winner of the Best of Show in the sweet category is Soldier Creek Winery, 2020 ($18) from Iowa! The jury was delighted with the balance of fruit, sweetness and complexity. Best in the sparkling wine category was Pope Valley Vineyards, 2020 from Napa County ($42). This delicious Sangiovese Brut Rosé seduced the jury. Congratulations to these exceptional rosé wines and to all the winners. I have never seen a competition with such diverse and unique rosé varieties. The rosé competition brings together the best rosé varieties from around the world in one competition, says judge Jamie Knee of Petite Wine Traveler.

Another judge, Michael Goldberg, said: It is always a pleasure to participate in this competition. It’s fun to discover new rose varieties from non-traditional wine producing states like Rhode Island, Iowa, Idaho, etc. The passion that these winemakers put into making these wines is evident in the glass. Thank you to them!

There were a total of 160 entries to the Rosa 2021 competition and sixteen eminent wine judges awarded 24 double gold medals, 34 gold medals and 75 silver medals.

Congratulations to all winners and participating wineries.

The rosé competition is a truly amazing battle between different red wines from around the world. Dry, sweet, or somewhere in between …. There were rosés that represented all spectrums of style, color intensity and overall personality, said judge John De Leo.  It was a real challenge for us to choose the best one!

Bob Ecker is a returning Napa Valley writer, photographer and wine evaluator whose writings and photographs are published worldwide. In 2013, he founded The Rosé Competition, the first-ever competition in the United States to exclusively judge rosé wines. In 2018, he partnered with Shari Herman, President of the prestigious American Fine Wine & Gala Competition, and together they successfully brought THE Rosé Competition to the East Coast of America.

Under the leadership of its president, Shari Herman, the American Fine Wine Competition has been awarding the best wines produced in America for fourteen years. This year, Fifty Shades of Pink was followed by THE Rosé 2021 Competition. The event took place – inside and out – on the 19th. June in historic Ft. Lauderdale. The event featured hundreds of amazing award-winning rosés, as well as beautiful AFWC red and white wines. Since its inception, AFWC has raised over $1,500,000 for charities.

What I love about the blind tasting method of the rosé competition is the lack of bias, which allows wines from Iowa or Rhode Island to shine and even win, said judge Sonny Fraser.

For a full list of results, see: www.americanfinewinecompetition.org.

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