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Dallas Morning News/Texsom wine competition winners

The link is here — you can search the medals by category or download a PDF. My post, after judging the competition, noted: "Also impressive this year: The qualifications of the judges, which made the Wine Curmudgeon feel like a high school student at post-graduate seminar on particle physics."

One quick recommendation: The Ken Forrester Petit Chenin Blanc from South Africa, which retails for about $12. My panel gave it a silver medal — crisp, clean, refreshing and throughly well-made, with lots of green apple. If I can find it for $10, it's in the Hall of Fame.

Winebits 170: Wine competitions, alcohol ads, wine scores

? How wine is judged: My DrinkLocalWine.com cohort Dave McIntyre has a nicely done description of wine competitions and wine judging in a recent Washington Post column: "For consumers, competition medals can serve as recommendations from a group of wine professionals to try a particular wine, similar to an inside tip from a friend or trusted wine columnist." It's one of the best discussions I've seen about how judging is done, warts and all, and the bit about judges "blitzing through" wines instead of enjoying them is spot on.

? Regulating booze ads: The Federal Trade Commission will study the effectiveness of voluntary guidelines followed by companies that market alcohol, with an eye on advertising in social media — which mostly didn't exist the last time the FTC looked at the issue. The New York Times reports that a key to the current system of self-regulation is that wine, beer, and spirits ads should run only in media outlets which can certify that 70 percent of their viewers or readers are 21 or older. Which, for social media, is an almost irrelevant requirement. How do you certify that 70 percent of your Twitter feed is of drinking age?

? Canadian critic rips wine scores: And good for him. Bill Zacharkiw, in a piece in the Montreal Gazette about a wine promotion run by the provincial liquor monopoly, writes this: "I have long contended that these scores are meaningless, feigning precision for what is essentially a qualitative, emotionally based value judgment. … I will stop now because the subject drives me absolutely nuts." That's a feeling that the Wine Curmudgeon knows all to well when it comes to scores.


Texas, New York and regional wine

The cyber ether is ablaze with discussion about this week’s Grape and Gridiron Classic, which paired Texas and New York wines in a blind tasting. We tasted 11 wines, and the participants preferred the Texas wines eight times. We wuz robbed, wrote some New York bloggers, while others claimed the fix was in. Some of the Texas writers went overboard in the other direction; Lone Star pride, no doubt, or salve for the Cowboys’ woeful season.

Yes, the result was surprising (and more on that later). Even more surprising? That people could think that the Wine Curmudgeon would be involved in something that wasn’t 100 percent aboveboard. Question my passion for cheap wine or that I really like the Ramones. But my integrity? I think not, and I have 25 years of doing the right thing to back that up. More, after the jump:

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N.Y.-Texas wine challenge

On Monday night, the Dallas Cowboys play the New York Giants in a key NFL matchup. So what makes more sense than a New York-Texas wine competition?

I'm helping the Texas department of agriculture put the event together (being paid, even). It will feature 11 Texas and 11 New York wines paired off in blind tastings, similar wine vs. similar wine. Some of the top wine writers and sommeliers in the state will taste the wines and pick their favorites. We'll also have a Most Valuable Wine for each state. Is that a terrific football theme or what?

I'll report the results next week. This is the kind of event that I enjoy, and not just because it features regional wine. We're showing wine off in a format that is not the same old "sit around a restaurant and pontificate" approach. It's all about taking wine to the people.