The Wine Curmudgeon will spend much of the next 10 days sipping and spitting in the interest of wine. I'll be at the Colorado state competition this weekend, helping to pick the best Colorado wines. And next week is the biggie -- the Indy International Wine Competition, the be all and end all for regional wine, weird grapes and all of the things that I love about wine.
If there is an obscure grape that is used to make wine, then we'll be judging it at Indy. Yes, there will be chardonnay flights, but there will also be chardonel, vidal blanc and seyval blanc flights. That I was asked to judge is quite an honor; the list of judges includes some of the biggest names in regional wine, including Missouri's Doug Frost, New York's Jim Trezise, and Indiana's Richard Vine.
My schedule is so hectic, in fact, that I had to turn down another great competition -- the International Cold Climate Wine Competition, which allows only wines made with grapes that can survive a Minnesota winter. Frontenac, anyone?
I'll have reports on each competition when I get back, and the blog will roll along while I'm traveling with the usual features.