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New Barbera Wins Best of Pacific Rim

Nello Olivo Barbera Best Red of Show Pacific RimOur newly released Barbera 2010 apparently wowed judges at the 2013 Pacific Rim International Wine Competition. They awarded it a Gold medal, named it Best of Class, plus gave it highest honors as Best Red Wine of Show.

"This is what every winemaker tries for," says Nello Olivo, "to create wine that stands out in some way from the others. It's not an easy thing to do. Especially since there's really no accounting for people's tastes....especially judges at a wine competition!"

This year's Pacific Rim International Competition was it's 28th. Approximately 2,000 wines were judged this year in a blind evaluation by 30 judges.

Given that, of those 2,000, the majority were reds, Nello is happy (who wouldn't be?) that his Barbera rose to the top—not just among Barberas—but among all red varietals entered.

"What an award like this really does," adds Nello, "is to educate someone interested in what qualities a good wine has. The nose, the balance and complexity, the finish—all those things that go into evaluating wine."

"Judges at wine competitions are trained wine professionals. Winemakers, sommeliers, wine critics. Of course, they each have their own likes and preferences in wines. But there are standards established in the industry—you know, what basic qualities a true Merlot or a Barbera should have. And then you bring years of wine tasting experience together in these judges, and they know when they're experiencing a wine that stands out. To be given an award like Best Red Wine of Show means that all the judges are unanimous in their vote.

"It just makes sense that consumers—people wanting to find and invest in good wines—might take into consideration what thirty experienced judges decide together is the top wine in a particular class. You know there's something you can learn by tasting that wine! Not to mention the confidence you have in pouring that wine at a dinner party, for example."

Nello Olivo's Barbera 2010 was released in April, 2013 and is available at most establishments that carry Nello Olivo wines or at the Nello Olivo Tasting Room, 643 Bee Street, Placerville, or by calling 530-409-5603.



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