Saturday, April 02, 2011

Drink Local Wine 2011: Missouri!


The annual Drink Local Wine Conference was held this weekend in St. Louis. Among the highlights were a taste off between California and Missouri wines. The results are in and Adam Puchta's Norton won in the red category and Chaumette's Reserve Chardonel won in the white category.
Here's the official word:

We need a name for the award that wines that win the Twitter Taste-off receive, like the Drinkies. Or the Locapours. Or even the Freds.

Regardless, two Missouri wineries each won two of the four awards at Saturday's Missouri Twitter Taste-off. Adam Puchta Winery's norton won best red and its norton port was named the People's Choice winner, given to the wine chosen best in the Taste-off by the consumers who attended. Chaumette Winery's reserve chardonel was named best white and also took the Media Choice award as the favorite of the media who attended.


I like the Drinkies Award, personally. And I'll have to give Adam Puchta another chance, maybe buy an 06 Norton and drink it only from a Norton glass. I've had a lot of Nortons in Missouri, and, well, I'll just have to try this one again or something.

9 comments:

Scott Namestnik said...

Wow... a wine drinking conference?! Does work send you to that one?

Allison Vaughn said...

boy, wouldn't that be nice. no, that's annual leave:self. Check out the list of the Missouri wineries that made a mark on the tasters...the Mo v. Ca tasting was fun. 06 and 07 Nortons are just fine out of a steel canister on a float, if you were curious...

Anonymous said...

Is the Puchta Hunter's Red their Norton wine?

Allison Vaughn said...

No, that's their semi-sweet red. Not sure what the grapes are in that one (maybe St. Vincent and Cab Franc with Chambourcin? not sure) but their Norton is just called Norton.

Travis said...

a truly great wine should not need to be enjoyed out a glass made special for it. a great wine can be drank out of a dixie cup, the bottle, or a good old plastic nalgene bottle and it will still taste delicious.
same goes for beer, cider and mead by the way.

Anonymous said...

It appears then that they don't currently sell the Norton on their website.

DrinkLocalWine said...

Allison, thanks for the kind words about the conference. We had a terrific time, and we'll make sure to invite you the next time we are in Missouri. And your readers can check out the Twitter hash tag #DLWMO for real time comments about the wines.

Allison Vaughn said...

my favorite wines are best out of a steel canister the same color as my torch fuel container. But sometimes the more fragile and fussy wines need an extra hand.

Allison Vaughn said...

You could try calling the winery and placing an order there, or better going to Hermann for a full fun day of adventurous winery hopping...