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By Jeff Pack

Cougar fares well in fourth annual Cougar Meets Italy challenge


Last updated 1/24/2019 at 10:32pm

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Dr. John Piconi introduces the judges for the 2019 Cougar Meets Italy event.

On a cold and rainy evening, Italy came to Temecula Wine Country, sort of, to do battle with a local winery.

The fourth annual Cougar Meets Italy 2019 featured Cougar Vineyard & Winery varietals against their Italian counterparts in a side-by-side, double-blind tasting event Thursday, Jan. 17.

Six professional judges were seated at the head of the room with more than two dozen audience members in front of them. Everyone was handed a University of California Davis 20-point wine score sheet within a packet that contained information about each varietal and the qualities each should have...

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