8th Annual Winemaker Challenge Recruits
Another Outstanding Lineup of Judges
January 28-29, 2017
Early Bird Entry Deadline: November 18, 2016
Final Entry Deadline: December 16, 2016
The upcoming Winemaker Challenge has once again assembled a team of remarkably skilled and successful winemakers to evaluate your wines in the first major international wine competition of the New Year.
I have judged with many of our winemakers at other wine competitions and can assure you from my own experience that these folks have the chops to analyze young wines. After all, it’s what they do for a living in their own wineries.
Returning this year after missing the past two Challenges is Daryl Groom, the talented Aussie winemaker who was once the man behind the famed Penfolds Grange. The German winemaker Roman Roth, who routinely produces brilliant wines at Long Island’s Wolffer Estate, also returns after missing last year’s Challenge.
From Texas there is the man from Lubbock, Kim McPherson, who inspires awe with the Rhone-style wines from his McPherson Cellars.
Then we have our California regulars: the amazing Jen Wall, whose Barefoot Cellars wines are the best-selling wines in America; Gary Eberle, the Godfather of Paso Robles wine; Susan Lueker, winemaker at the iconic Simi Winery in Sonoma’s Alexander Valley; Ken Deis, who invented Flora Springs Trilogy and made the wine for a quarter-century; and Amy Butler, whose genius with Rhone-style wines is legend in the Central Coast.
And then there's Ed Sbragia, the only winemaker ever to produce two different wines that went on to become Wine Spectator Wine of the Year.
I could go on, but you get the idea.
When a young wine is gangly and awkward and still finding its legs, who better to evaluate its progress than men and women with the skill set you will find in our group?
I trust you will agree, and give us a chance to taste your new releases and offer praise where praise is due!