Best of the Show

Presented by Minnesota Monthly

Thank you to our host: Roth Distributing

When you’re sipping a glass of wine, the way the bottle was stored isn’t typically something you dwell on. Wine storage, however, is one of the most important factors in enhancing the aromas and flavor of wine, and it is critical in preserving the life of the bottle.

Wine needs to be stored in a dark, damp place with a steady cool temperature (to slow the aging process), and bottles should be kept on their side in order to keep the cork moist. When the cork is wet, it locks in moisture. If the cork dries out and shrinks, oxygen can get to the wine, eventually spoiling it.

One of the best places to store your wine is a Wine Storage System, one of many featured products in Roth Distributing Company’s Living Kitchen. Because Sub-Zero knows a thing or two about refrigeration and wine storage–and Roth Distributing knows a thing or two about luxury kitchen appliances (Roth is the region’s largest distributor of luxury kitchen products including Sub-Zero, Wolf, Asko, and Best by Broan) Roth was the perfect partner for the Twin Cities Food & Wine Experience Best of and Best Value Wine Competition.

The Living Kitchen, part of the 10,000-square-foot Roth Distributing showroom located in Minnetonka (and a trademark of Sub-Zero and Wolf) was the location for the competition and blind tasting by the area’s most recognized wine aficionados. The Best of the Best Wines were properly stored in Sub-Zero wine storage systems prior to the judging.

Better storage for the bottle means more enjoyment in the glass, and the Sub-Zero wine preservation system is much more than a simple cooler. Two independent, digitally-controlled zones maintain constant temperature and proper humidity to help a wine become the very best it can be.

Elaine Mahin, marketing specialist with Roth Distributing Company, calls the Roth showroom a destination. “We do not sell to the public from our showroom; but we want to attract consumers to make their product selections in our showroom,†she explains. “As a destination, people will want to be sure to visit the Roth Living Kitchen before making final decisions. They can come in and see the products being used live for demonstrations in the Culinary Center. This will give them a much better idea as to whether or not they are selecting products that will perform to their expectations. They can also meet with professionals that have been trained regarding these specific products and get the answers they need to make an informed decision.â€

Make an appointment to visit the Living Kitchen Showroom:

11300 W. 47th Street
Minnetonka, MN 55343
952-933-4428 – www.rothdistributing.com


The 2007 Winners

Cabernet Sauvignon

Best of Show

Oberon (2002), Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon
Best Value: Avalon Napa Valley (2004), Cabernet Sauvignon

Import White

Best of Show and best value

Cooperative de Curico (2006), Calesa Semillion (Chile)

Merlot

Best of Show

Hogue Cellars (2003), Genesis Merlot
Best Value: Capolan Sonoma County (2004), Merlot

Sauvignon Blanc

Best of Show

Dog Point (2006), Dog Pointe Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough)
Best Value: Zeal Winery (2006), Zeal Sauvignon Blanc

Syrah/Shiraz

Best of Show

La Cave (2002), Shiraz
Best Value: Spellbound (2003), Spellbound Petite Sirah

Chardonnay

Best of Show

Frog’s Leap (2005) Frog’s Leap Chardonnay
Best Value: Spellbound (2003), Spellbound Chardonnay

Pinot Noir

Best of Show

Robert Sinskey (2004), Carneros Pinot Noir
Best Value: Le Grand Noir (2005)

Sparking/Champagne

Best of Show

Nicholas Feuillatte — Non Vintage, Champagne “Blue Labelâ€

Zinfandel

Best of Show

Lodi Vineyards (2004), Earthquake Zinfandel
Best Value: Ravenswood (2004), Vinters Blend Zinfandel

Minnesota Wine

Best of Show

Fieldstone Vineyards (2006), Frontenac Gris

Blend/Meritage Best of Show

Bennett Lane Winery (2003), Maximus Red/Blend
Best Value: Menage a Trois (2005), Menage a Trois California Blend (Trincheo)

Midwest Fruit Wine

Best of Show

Door Peninsula Winery (2006), Razzle Dazzle Raspberry
Door Peninsula Winery, (2006), Blackberry

Import Red

Best of Show AND BEST VALUE

Cooperative de Curico (2005), Calesa Carmenere (Chile)

 


Best of Booths

Chosen by Sue Zelickson, WCCO am and Minnesota Monthly personality and Frank Guzzetta, President of Macy’s North. 

BEST NEW PRODUCT EDIBLE
Wild Tree
BEST TOURISM DISPLAY
Culinary Explorations
BEST GIFT IDEA
Max’s
BEST NEW PRODUCT NON-EDIBLE
DeCapper

BEST CHEESE DISPLAY

Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board
BEST DEMONSTRATION
Mozzarealla Fresca
BEST OVERALL PRESENTATION
Dehn’s Garden
BEST CHOCOLATE DISPLAY
B.T McElrath
BEST EDIBLE EXPERIENCE
Lake Elmo Inn / Twin Cities Originals
BEST OVERALL PRESENTATION
Amstal Light
BEST PACKAGED PRODUCT
Golden Fig / Laura’s Candy
BEST PROGRAM AD
Simon Delivers
BEST FOOD DISPLAY
Willingham’s

BEST WINE DISPLAY

The Wine Company
BEST KEPT SECRET
Midwest Northern Nut
BEST RESTAURANT DISPLAY
Au Bon Pain
BEST BEER DISPLAY
Sierra Nevada
 

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