Photo by Debra S. Kaplan Photography
Photo by Debra S. Kaplan Photography

OMAHA, Neb. (June 19, 2017) – Bien Nacido Vineyards edged out more than 50 other pinot noir wines with its 2012 Santa Maria Valley in an Omaha, Neb., vintner competition on June 1. Master Sommelier and Bien Nacido Estate Brand Manager Will Costello was present to accept the award.

The competition was held as part of Pinot, Pigs & Poets, a collaborative effort with the Nebraska Pork Producers Association. The event, a benefit for Omaha nonprofit Completely KIDS℠, has become one of the city’s premier wine and food events.

“All of the wines are great quality, but there’s just a little bit difference in style and that’s what we’re judging,” said Sarah Wallace, general manager of 801 Chophouse. “(Bien Nacido) is nice and balanced and primarily fruit forward. It’s small production, very well made, a lot of care taken. They know what they’re doing.”

Wallace served on a panel of judges who blind tasted each wine prior to the evening’s public wine tasting and pork sampling. The winner was announced during the event.

Pinot noir wines available for tasting during Pinot, Pigs & Poets included many of the best available for purchase within Nebraska along with highly acclaimed wines only available directly from the winery. Approximately one-quarter of the wines are exclusively available for sampling at Pinot, Pigs & Poets. Past winners of the vintner competition have become available for purchase in Nebraska due to demand from the event.

Proceeds of $315,000 were raised at the eighth-annual fundraiser and will specifically benefit the Completely KIDS weekend and afterschool food programs, which fight to end childhood hunger.

Pinot, Pigs & Poets will return to Happy Hollow Club on June 14, 2018. For more information about Pinot, Pigs & Poets, visit For more information about Completely KIDS, visit