Cougar to meet Italy for fifth time, putting reputation on the line

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Cougar Vineyard & Winery will host its annual Cougar Meets Italy 2020 Thursday, Jan. 16, which features Cougar wines in competition with similar varietals from Italy. Valley News /Jeff Pack file photo
Each year around this time, Cougar Vineyard & Winery tests itself against the wines they are looking to emulate from Italy. “It’s a little stressful because we’re putting our necks on the line,” Jennifer Buffington, co-owner of Cougar, said. “So until we win one, you know, we’re sitting on the edge of our seats. We’ve never gotten skunked so you know, cross your fingers on that one. But every year that we do it, it’s kind of building up. We’re right there in the running with them. If we don’t win, we show the total points so you can see that it’s comparable.” They will do it again Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Cougar Meets Italy 2020 event that pits Cougar varietals against their Italian counterpar
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