Sarasota/Manatee Florida ~ Sarasota/Manatee Originals, in conjunction with Forks & Corks, proudly announces the 2016 Best in Show winners for top wines

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2016 Forks & Corks Best in Show!

Top Winemakers Announced!

Sarasota/Manatee Florida ~ Sarasota/Manatee Originals, in conjunction with Forks & Corks, proudly announces the 2016 Best in Show winners for top wines!

  • In the White Wine category, Willamette Valley Vineyards won Best in Show with their wine white wine called, Willamette Valley, OR, Vintage 2014, a Riesling variety of wine.
  • For the Red Wine category, Buglioni won Best in Show with Valpolicella, IT, Vintage 2011, a Il Bugiardo Valpolicella Classico Superiore DOC Varietal.

The Wine Judging Event started in 2013 in order to enhance retail sales experience and increase wine knowledge of event attendees. Winemakers were able to enter up to six different wines. Once all the wines had been submitted, they were grouped into categories and arranged for a blind taste by the judges. There were twenty wine judges who are experienced tasters, including four judges in each of the five groups.

Each judge group tasted an average of sixty wines during the event. Scores were tabulated with a 20-point scale and the ten highest scoring reds and ten highest scoring whites were announced, including the Best in Show, Gold, Silver and Bronze awards.

Once again, congratulations to Willamette Valley Vineyards and Buglioni for receiving the highly coveted, Best in Show!

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About the Sarasota-Manatee Originals
The Sarasota-Manatee Originals is a group of locally owned restaurants who share a passion for dining excellence and commitment to our community. With more than 50 restaurants the group has become the go-to resource for an “Eat Like a Local” experience. For more information, call 941-365-2800 or visit

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