The first-ever Vino awards takes a unique spin on wine competitions. The goal of the Vino awards is to provide a fun and different way for wine enthusiasts to pick their favorite wines in San Luis Obispo County. Instead of having sommeliers picking their favorite wines, or having a one-day peoples’ choice (where people may taste too many wines in one day to know the difference) we are asking the public to vote for their favorites over the course of 6 months. From June 1, 2016, to Dec. 31, 2016, you are encouraged to taste and vote on the wines you are tasting. At the end of the year, we will tally the votes and announce the winners based on your votes.
How it works: Participating wineries that signed up before May 1, 2016, are highlighted on our Vino map (see pages 26 and 27). As you (the voter) visit and taste wines at these wineries they will have anywhere from 1-5 wines that are eligible to be voted on for the competition. Tasting fees for each winery vary and more than likely you will be tasting wines that are not eligible to be voted on, so you will need to pay attention and be on the look out for the eligible wines. On the following pages you’ll find the participating wineries and you’ll have some room to jot down your votes to reference later when you cast your votes. The official voting takes place online at VinoAwards.com. You will be required to login, but that is so we can manage people from “stacking” votes.
There is an added benefit to voting, the more wineries you visit and then vote on gets you entered into more drawings for our contest prizes. For more information on prizes, please visit VinoAwards.com.
Vino magazine made every effort to get to every winery involved but with more than 200 in the area it was a challenge to see everyone and some were missed. We anticipate additional wineries signing up after the initial print deadline, so we encourage you to check the website for an updated list of participating wineries.