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Get you [Yellow Tail] in Gear!

April 28, 2010

In the past, I have not made it a point to post announcements about drink and cocktail contests.  However this one caught my eye for a couple of reasons.

First, wine is a thing that many of us don’t think to base a drink upon.  And many wine connoisseurs feel that it should not be tampered with in any way, shape or form.  Personally I disagree.

Second, I think wine is one of the most challenging ingredients to base a cocktail on because of its delicate nature, and that enhancing a wine’s natural flavor without overwhelming it is quite a mixology feat.

Yellow Tail Wines is sponsoring the 2010 [Yellow Tial} wine [tail} Contest, a multi-part drink competition starting with online entires, then inviting the semi-finalists to the Manhattan Cocktail Classic, and ending at Tales of the Cocktail.  Grand Prize is a trip to Australia!

The judges are the renowned Dale DeGroff, Andy Seymour, Doug Frost, and David Wondrich.  The official website for entry along with all the rules, regs, and other useful info can be found here.

You gotta be quick though:  The deadline for entry is May 2nd!!  So shake your tail and get your wine based drink in soon!

a little more…….

The Rules: Entrants should create a new cocktail, using [ yellow tail ] Sparkling White Wine, Sparkling Rose, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Rose, Shiraz-Grenache, Cabernet-Merlot, Shiraz-Cabernet, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and/or Shiraz. The recipes should include precise amounts of ingredients, garnishes, ideal glassware, preparation and assembly instructions as well as ideas for food pairings. 

 Who: Any legal US residents over the age of 21 may enter (excluding residents of AK, CA, HI, TN and any person who holds a state or federal alcoholic beverage license). We encourage all you mixologists to get your tail in gear!

 When: Contest starts on April 1st, 2010, your entry must be in the website by May 2, 2010. You must be present at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic to enter. Finalists will be required to be present at the Tales of the Cocktail. Each Finalist shall be provided with standard airfare to and from the Finals Contest and one-night standard hotel accommodations on July 23, 2010.

 Where: Semi-finals at Manhattan Cocktail Classic and finals at Tales of the Cocktail

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