Top Sommeliers of USA will judge wines at the 2024 Sommeliers Choice Awards

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09/04/2024 Submit your wines before April 24 to the Sommeliers Choice Awards. Gain exposure among top sommeliers nationwide. Win medals, gain credibility, and lift your brand in the American wine market.

The Sommeliers Choice Awards (SCA) stand as a unique platform offering an exclusive opportunity for wine brands to captivate America's discerning sommeliers. This distinguished competition, designed and organized by the Beverage Trade Network, is geared towards recognizing and celebrating exceptional wines that resonate with the palates of industry-leading sommeliers. 

Enter your wines before the submission deadline of April 24. You must register by april 24 and ship your samples by April 28 at the Chicago warehouse.

What sets the SCA apart is its focus on sommeliers' preferences. The competition employs a panel of esteemed sommeliers and wine directors from across the United States, making it a significant occasion for wine brands seeking recognition in the American market. With the expertise and discerning taste buds of these seasoned professionals, the SCA provides an unparalleled platform for wines to shine.

Image: (From left to right) Mark Guillaudeu MS, Jeremy Shanker and Serafin Alvarado as its 2024 judges making it a total of 14 master sommeliers coming in 2024 judging panel. Each panel will have a master sommelier.

“The 2024 line up of Sommeliers Choice Awards judges is the most powerful line up of Sommeliers you will find in USA. This unique opportunity to present your wines to America's top Sommeliers and benchmark wines for on-premise channels of USA," says Sid Patel, CEO and Founder of Beverage Trade Network.

Here are some of the judges who will participate in the 2024 Sommeliers Choice Awards.

WAYNE BELDING MS, Master Sommelier and Partner at Preferably, Colorado

PETER GRANOFF MS, Master Sommelier, Wine Educator, Speaker, Entrepreneur, San Francisco

BRIAN KOZIOL MS, Master Sommelier at Maverick Beverage Company, Chicago

RACHEL LOWE, Director of Beverage for Levy Restaurants.

ALEXANDER POWELL MS, Master Sommelier and Senior Wine Manager at Grill 23 & Bar, Boston

LISA SELMAN CSS, Alchemy Room Beverage Director

KYUNGMOON KIM MS, Master Sommelier

VINCENT MORROW MS, Master Sommelier and Wine Director at PRESS Napa Valley, San Francisco

BRANDON TEBBE, MS, Master Sommelier

SERAFIN ALVARADO MS, Master Sommelier and Director of Wine Education at Southern Wine & Spirits

SCOTT BARBER, President at Green Pin Wines

LARISSA C DUBOSE, National Director of Beverages, Dining Division at Paradies Lagardère and Wine Enthusiast Magazine Future 40, Vino Volo National Buyer

BRANDON BIERLEIN, Director of Food & Beverage, Talbott Hotel Chicago

GUILLERMO BRAVO, Beverage Director at Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Chicago

ALLISON CURATOLO, Wine Director, RPM Italian Las Vegas

ANIKA ELLISON, Wine Manager, Swift & Sons Steakhouse, Chicago

KRISTIN FRANCESCO, Sommelier at Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants, Chicago

JAMIE HARRISON RUBIN, Procurement & Placements at Culinary Conservatory

COLIN HOFER, General Manager of Restaurants, Four Seasons Chicago

JENNIFER KNOTT, Director of Beverage for Levy at Chicago Symphony Orchestra

JOSH KING, Director of Food and Beverage, Virgin Hotels, Chicago

JOHN MARAFFA, Corporate Beverage Manager, Morton's The Steakhouse | Strip House Steakhouse & Cocktail Lounge | Morton's Grille

JON MCDANIEL, Founder & CEO of Ottantadu

TIFFANY TOBEY, Owner and Sommelier, Tiffany's Toast, Dallas, Texas

View the full panel of the 2024 Sommeliers Choice Awards judges here.

Participating in the Sommeliers Choice Awards presents an invaluable opportunity for wine brands to gain exposure and credibility among influential sommeliers and key decision-makers within the wine industry. Winning a medal at this esteemed competition serves as a seal of approval, signaling to the market that your wine has impressed some of the most discerning palates in the country.


Special category winners will also get video testimonials from top sommelier judges.

Moreover, accolades received from the Sommeliers Choice Awards can be leveraged by brands in marketing initiatives, promotional campaigns, and consumer outreach programs. The recognition garnered from this competition elevates a brand's prestige, aiding in forging lasting impressions among wine enthusiasts and industry professionals alike.

For wine producers aiming to make a mark in the American market, the Sommeliers Choice Awards stands as an exceptional opportunity to present their finest wines to the top sommeliers in the country. It's not just a competition; it's a gateway to gaining visibility, credibility, and accolades that resonate across the American wine landscape. 

Here’s all the information you need to enter your wines before the submission deadline of April 24.

The 2024 Sommeliers Choice Awards results are out! View the results here.