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Sommeliers Choice Awards, organized by the Beverage Trade Network, is one of the leading wine competitions in the USA. The competition aims to provide on-premise buyers and sommeliers a valuable benchmark for understanding which wines would make a compelling addition to a wine list. The judging panel at the competition is one of a kind, composed of some of the top Award-Winning Sommeliers, Master Sommeliers, On-Premise Wine Buyers, and Wine Directors at U.S. restaurants, bars, pubs, and clubs.
A winner at the Sommeliers Choice Awards is decided based on the following judging formula and is awarded a score out of 100:
F (Food Parability Score) + T (Typicity Score) + Q (Quality Score) + Value Score (V) + Package Score (P) = Sommeliers Choice Awards Final Score
A wine scored 96 points and above is awarded Double Gold, 90-95 points get Gold, 80-89 points get Silver, and 70-79 points get Bronze award.
Scott Barber, Master Sommelier, National Sales at Green Pin Wines; Jacob Brown, Head Sommelier at Lazy Bear, SF; Paul Carayas, Wine Director at Chez TJ, San Mateo; Ira Harmon MS Master Sommelier and Fine Wine Specialist at Vin Sauvage, Las Vegas; Steven Izzo, Wine Director at The Vault Garden & Steakhouse; Cami Lehmann, Purchasing, Wine Programs and Marketing at Maggiano’s Little Italy, Carrollton, TX, Liz Martinez, Food and Wine Magazine Somm of the Year 2019; Tom Markakis, Hospitality Manager & Estate Sommelier at Folio Fine Wine Partners; Michael Smith, Sommelier at Quince; Marc R. Kauffman, Noted Celebrity Sommelier, CS, CSW; Michael Mighetto Hoefling, Service Manager & Sommelier at Spruce SF, are just a few of the highly regarded names who featured on the judging panel.
2022 Sommeliers Choice Awards’ Winner ‘Ehlers Estate 1886 Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, United States’ by Ehlers Estate.
Wine of the Year: Ehlers Estate 1886
White Wine of the Year: Grand Ardeche Chardonnay 2019
Red Wine of the Year: Ehlers Estate 1886
Sparkling Wine of the Year: Marchese Manodori
Rose Wine of the Year: Pure The Winery Sparkling Rose NV
Wine of the Year - BTG (By The Glass): Grand Cru Syrah ASV
White Wine of the Year - BTG (By The Glass): Ducado De Hoja Blanco 2020
Red Wine of the Year - BTG (By The Glass): Grand Cru Syrah ASV
Sparkling Wine of the Year - BTG (By The Glass): Torbato Spumante Brut
Rose Wine of the Year - BTG (By The Glass): Baron De Ley Rosado Lagrima
United States: Ehlers Estate 1886
France: Grand Ardeche Chardonnay 2019
Australia: Beresford Grand Reserve Shiraz
Italy: Marchese Manodori
Argentina: Kaiken Ultra Malbec 2019
Brazil: Salton Brut Rosé
South Africa: Candide
Cabernet Sauvignon: Ehlers Estate 1886, United States
Chardonnay: Grand Ardeche Chardonnay 2019, France
Shiraz: Beresford Grand Reserve Shiraz, Australia
Malbec: Kaiken Ultra Malbec 2019, Argentina
Merlot: Merlot, Trefethen Family Vineyards, United States
Pinot noir: Pinot Noir Anderson Valley, United States
Tempranillo: Sara Rivera Tempranillo 2018, Spain
Riesling: Terragena Wiley Vineyard Riesling, United States
Sauvignon blanc: Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Moldova
The full list of medal winners can be viewed on the Sommeliers Choice Awards website.
Beverage Trade Network (BTN) is a global media and B2B networking platform servicing suppliers, buyers, and beverage professionals in the global beverage industry. BTN also owns BevRoute, a magazine for Importers and Distributors, and runs a lineup of trade shows around the world which includes USA Trade Tasting in New York, IBWSS USA in San Francisco in the USA. Beverage Trade Network also owns and runs the London Wine Competition, London Beer Competition, London Spirits Competition, and USA Wine Ratings.