Wine Acuity Bringing you the Wine Tasting US Open Fri, 19 Jul 2019 14:27:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Wine Acuity 32 32 Ventura County Star: THE TASTE OF VICTORY Fri, 19 Jul 2019 14:25:40 +0000 For the second year in a row, two oenophiles with ties to Ventura County will help represent the U.S. when the World Wine Tasting Championship takes place Oct. 12 in the Loire Valley, France.

Gwendolyn Alley, of Ventura, and Sue Hill, of Meiners Oaks, won spots on Team USA by scoring 92 points and a second-place finish during the Wine Tasting US Open, a blind-tasting competition held July 14 at the Pierpont Inn in Ventura.

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Ventura County Reporter: Palates put to the test during wine tasting competition Thu, 18 Jul 2019 21:22:20 +0000 In Ventura on Bastille Day, July 14, 2019, a different battle took place: a competition between palates.

The wines came out in plain glass carafes, one after another after another. First there were six white wines, then six red wines, all carefully poured by Pierpont Inn staff — wines from around the world.

The challenge? Figure out what these 12 wines were, where they were from, who made them, and when — and score the most points in the process to win a trip to France.

Palates put to the test during wine tasting competition

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Wine Curmudgeon: U.S. Open wine competition returns this weekend Fri, 12 Jul 2019 18:32:08 +0000

Top two teams will represent U.S. in world championships

Byanca Godwin didn’t expect much when she entered the U.S. Open wine tasting championship last year. All she wanted to do, she says, was to get a little blind tasting experience in as she prepared to take the various certification exams she had scheduled.

So how did she end up representing the United States at the 2018 World Wine Tasting Championships in France?

Read the full article here: Wine Curmudgeon Blog

U.S. Open wine competition returns this weekend


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2019 Wine Tasting U.S. Open Wed, 12 Jun 2019 00:42:33 +0000 Become Part of Wine TEAM USA and Win a Trip to France

Wine Tasting US Open Being Held July 14, 2019

Download full press release here: NR – US Open July 2019

Agoura Hills, CA – (June 12, 2019) Wine Acuity, LLC, the organization who manages the Wine Tasting US Open championship, is holding the annual Wine Tasting US Open on July 14, 2019 at the historic Pierpont Inn in Ventura, CA. The two top teams of this event will go on to represent the USA in the World Wine Tasting Championship being held on October 12, 2019 in Chateau de Chambord in the Loire Valley, France.

The Wine Tasting US Open is the only road to be on TEAM USA for the World Wine Tasting Championship (WWTC). The winners of the US Open will be flown to France with airfare and accommodations paid for by Wine Acuity. Last year’s TEAM USA went on to take a respectable 14th place out of 23 teams competing.

Wine enthusiasts as well as wine professionals are welcome to compete in the US Open. The competition and scoring emulate the WWTC with each team of two tasting 12 wines (6 white and 6 red) from around the world. Teams must properly identify not only the varietal and region, but also the producer and vintage for each wine. Points are awarded for each correct answer and the two teams with the highest scores will become the four-person TEAM USA. The scores are all kept confidential, so it is a great way for professionals to hone their skills and for wine enthusiasts to learn about different wines.

Wine Acuity CEO, John Vilja, knows a thing or two about competitive wine tasting. Mr. Vilja was the team captain for TEAM USA in the 2016 WWTC and lead the team to an unprecedented third-place victory. “Blind wine tasting is a difficult thing to master, and often, wine enthusiasts and wine professionals feel intimidated to compete. However, with the US Open results being confidential, anyone can compete without fear of embarrassment.” Mr. Vilja adds, “It isn’t about being a wine expert. It is about being passionate for wine, having a desire to represent the US in a world event, and most importantly, it is about having fun. Plus, if you win, you receive a trip to France. There is no risk, only reward, with the US Open.”

Unlike the WWTC, spectators are allowed at the Wine Tasting US Open, and, for a fee, they can taste along with the competitors. Spectators will be able to taste all 12 wines being poured in the competition. There is also an iOS and Android Wine Acuity app that spectators can download, so they can enter their answers, and privately see how they would have done in the competition. The app will also have a list of the wines poured, so they can identify their favorites for the next time they are purchasing wine. The Wine Acuity app is also a great tool for practicing for the competition. It was originally created by Wine Acuity for that purpose, but other features have been added to make it a great blind wine tasting tool for home use.

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Wine Acuity App Launches and Provides Innovative Wine Games for Every Level Tue, 15 Jan 2019 00:03:44 +0000 Download full press release here: Wine Acuity App Launched

Wine Acuity, the organizers of the Wine Tasting US Open blind wine tasting championship, announces the launch of their mobile app for iOS and Android devices. The Wine Acuity app brings the spirit of competition to the home user, and helps them identify, document and share their favorite wines. The four different game levels make it perfect for everyone from first-time tasters to wine experts. The Wine Acuity app allows users to build their knowledge and confidence as they progress at their own pace. No other blind wine tasting app supports you from beginner to champion.

The Wine Acuity app is a great tool for professionals. From wine students to the most seasoned Somm can use the app to hone their skills to see how they would do in world class blind wine tasting competitions. Wine stores, wineries, wine bars, hotels and other venues can use the app to organize tasting events. The app not only provides a perfect way to hold fun and competitive wine tastings, but it also a way to expose these wine events to dedicated wine enthusiasts. Event organizers simply enter their upcoming tastings and users see what events are happening in their area.

A unique feature of the app is it allows users to evaluate themselves and prepare for the annual Wine Tasting US Open, which is held in July. The top four contestants become Team USA, which competes in the annual World Wine Tasting Competition in France. The Champion Level replicates the US Open where tasters are scored on varietal, vintage, country, region and producer of each wine. The US Open is the only gateway into the World Wine Tasting Competition and the Wine Acuity app is the only wine tasting app approved by the Wine Tasting US Open.

Features of the app include:

  • A great way to host blind wine tasting games: interact, share and challenge yourself and your friends using smart devices to score and record your wines. Multiple game levels let everyone join the fun.
  • Create a personal wine favorites list: The app keeps track of your wines, both old favorites and those you discover while playing, stores a handy wine list that’s with you whenever you need it.
  • Raises your level of wine knowledge: The app is a fun tool to learn about wine varietals, regions, and producers and maintains all game history so you can monitor your personal progress.
  • The easiest way to host a blind wine tasting event: Simply download the app, create your wine list, select the game level, invite friends and begin having fun.

John Vilja, CEO and creator of Wine Acuity, said “blind wine tasting can be intimidating for most people, even many professionals. However, with some education, a basic understanding of main varietals, and practice, anyone can become a champion. Of course, the main goal with any wine tasting is to have fun. The Wine Acuity app is a perfect blend of education and fun.”

Download the app for iOS and Android devices in the Apple or Google stores for the introductory low price of $.99.


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USA Holds Their Own in World Wine Tasting Competition Mon, 22 Oct 2018 22:52:28 +0000 Download press release here: Team USA Competes in France

The World Wine Tasting Championship was held on October 12, 2018 in Chateau Saint-Pierre de Serjac, Languedoc, France, and Team USA was one of 23 teams from around the world who were competing. The newly formed Team USA knew they had an uphill battle on their hands, but were ready to take the challenge.

In August 2018, the US Open Blind Wine Tasting competition was held in Marina Del Rey, CA, where two (two person) teams emerged victorious and formed the four person Team USA who would represent the country at the World Wine Tasting competition in France. As practice began, the 2nd place team had to drop out due to health reasons, and the team who came in third at the US Open was brought in to take their place. With the change, Team USA had very little time to practice, but felt ready when they made their way to France.

The World Wine competition in France features 12 wines from across the world. Only one wine is allowed per country, with the exception of France. This gives the European competitors a leg up on the US team, as many of the wines poured during the competition are not available in the US.

However, none of these factors were going to stop Team USA. They finished in 14th place out of 23 teams and were proud of their accomplishment. “Blind wine tasting is very difficult and properly identifying as many varietals as they did is something to be proud of,” said John Vilja, Team USA coach and CEO of Wine Acuity, LLC, the organization that runs the US Open Blind Wine Tasting Competition. The team scored 85 points, which is 15 points higher than Team USA did in 2017 and would have put them well into the top 10 last year. However, many teams scored unusually high this year. Even last year’s returning champions, the Swedish team, came in 9th place this year with almost the exact same score they won with last year. “The competition this year was fierce and I am very proud of how well Team USA did given all that they were up against” said Mr. Vilja.

Mr. Vilja went on to say, “blind wine tasting has not been as popular in the US as it has been in other countries. People in the US seem to find blind wine tasting to be too intimidating. However, with some education and a basic understanding of main varietals, anyone can become a champion. Of course, the main goal with any wine tasting is to have fun.” That is where Wine Acuity comes in. The company is in development of a new blind wine tasting app that will educate people on wine, while offering a fun and unique experience. The app also provides a look at how you stack up to Team USA, and can be used as a training aid for the 2019 Wine Tasting US Open. Look for the app to be released for iOS and Android devices in the next couple of months.

Each year, Wine Acuity will hold the Wine Tasting US Open in search of a new Team USA that will represent our country in the World Wine Tasting Championship.

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Wine Tasting US Open Championship Announces 2018 Team USA Sat, 18 Aug 2018 22:38:37 +0000 Heading to France to Compete in the World Wine Tasting Championship

Agoura Hills, CA – (August 11, 2018) Wine tasting enthusiasts from around the state competed in the US Open Blind Wine Tasting Competition for the chance of becoming Team USA and represent the country at the upcoming World Wine Tasting Championship being held on October 13, 2018 in Chateau Saint-Pierre de Serjac, Languedoc, France.

On August 11, 2018, 8 teams of 2 converged at the Marina Del Rey Hotel in Marina Del Rey, CA in the hopes of taking home the grand prize. Each team blind tasted 6 white and 6 red wines from around the world gaining points by identifying its primary grape, country of origin, region of origin, vintage, and producer. At the conclusion of the competition two teams emerged as the clear victors and will be heading to France as Team USA in October.

The winners from the US Open Blind Wine Tasting competition are as follows:

1st place:  Kristin Shubert and Lisa Stoll achieved an impressive 124 points out of 291 possible.

2nd place:  Gina Cook and Christine Tanaka took second with a very respectable 91 point finish.

These two dynamic teams will now form the, first ever, all female, USA Wine Tasting team.

Presented by Wine Acuity, LLC, the Wine Tasting US Open offers wine experts, enthusiasts, and wine students a chance to compete for the much-coveted opportunity to represent the US in the World Wine Tasting Competition. Winning this competition is no small feat. Some of the more challenging wines in the competition were the 2010 E. Guigal Saint-Joseph and 2014 M. Chapoutier Banyuls which confounded all teams for a grand total of zero points scored.

Wine Acuity CEO, John Vilja, says “the first-place team, Kristen and Lisa, did a remarkable job. A score of 124 points would have put them in top ranks at the World Championship. In fact, they would have been the champions in 2017 with that score. Mr. Vilja continues, “They not only identified seven varietals properly, they also named one of the producers correctly, something that is nearly impossible to do”. Mr. Vilja expressed how impressed he was with both teams and looks forward to watching them compete, and hopefully take home the victory, in the world championship.

Click here to view gallery of photos from event and update on 2019 event.

Download the press release here: NR Team USA Press Release

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Wine Curmudgeon: The U.S. Open – Wine Tasting as a Competitive Sport Thu, 19 Jul 2018 22:00:36 +0000

The U.S Open – wine tasting as a competitive sport

The U.S Open wine tasting offers wine drinkers a chance to see how good their palates really are

One of the things wine has always lacked – no matter how much else it has to offer – is dramatic tension. Now, though, we’ve got just that with next month’s upcoming U.S. Open wine tasting championship.

Imagine a blind tasting, and watching teams of wine drinkers sniff, swirl, and spit as they try to identify the wine in their glass. Does competitive sport get any better than that?

“Blind tasting is really hard,” says John Vilja, who is organizing the event on Aug. 11 in Marina Del Rey, Calif. “That’s what makes it fun.”

Read the full article here: Wine Curmudgeon Blog

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