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Ultimate Wine Challenge Awards 33 Wines the UWC Chairman's Trophy, the Highest Accolade

New York, NY (PRWEB) June 25, 2014

Ultimate Beverage Challenge® (UBC) proudly announces the results of the fifth Ultimate Wine Challenge® (UWC), held June 2-13, 2014 at UBC headquarters in Westchester County, New York.

Led by UBC Founder and Judging Chairman F. Paul Pacult and Judging Co-Chairman Sean Ludford, eight of the worlds foremost wine authorities evaluated over 850 wines from around the world.

This remarkable group of judges scored wines using UWCs innovative multi-round judging system and the consumer-friendly 100-point rating scale. In addition to F. Paul Pacult and Sean Ludford, UWCs judges roster included: Doug Frost, MS, MW; sommelier Jason Hedges; buyer Tess Rose; writer Patricia Savoie; consultant Rick Schofield, CWE and writer and editor Tara Q. Thomas.

Thirty-three wines were awarded Chairmans Trophies as the highest scoring wines in their category. Additionally, scores of wines were hailed as category Finalists and Great Values, based upon their favorable score-to-price ratio, which proves that great tasting wines dont always have to be expensive. This year, UWC introduces the Tried & True AwardSM to recognize brands that can be relied on to provide unfailing quality and superb taste to consumers year after year. To be eligible, brands that entered UWC 2014 must have scored 85 points or higher in this years Challenge as well as in at least two previous Challenges.

All wines rated a score of 85 and higher by UWC judging panels have accompanying tasting notes.

In accordance with strict UWC service policy, all wines were judged in appropriate fine crystal glassware at the proper temperature and were grouped in small flights of 3 to 7 wines, according to grape type, region, and price. The judging panels did not know the identity of any of the entered sparkling, still, fortified wines or sakes, in order to ensure unbiased evaluations and a level playing field for all wines.

Said Pacult of UWC 2014, The dramatic, double-digit increase in participation again this year from wine producers making wine on five continents serves as a clear affirmation of Ultimate Beverage Challenges unwavering commitment to impartial methodology, verifiable authority, and uncompromising integrity. In short, everything we do, every system weve created, is geared to showcase each wines virtues in the fairest light possible.
Top scoring wines will be published in the Ultimate Beverage Challenge 2014 Guide to the Worlds Best Wine & Spirits in the October 2014 issue of Beverage Media, which goes out to over 70,000 beverage alcohol buyers in the United States.

2014 Ultimate Wine Challenge Chairmans Trophy Winners
Full results at http://www.ultimate-beverage.com/uwc2014results

Red Wines:

  •     Buena Vista Winery The Count Sonoma County 2012, United States (Red Blends - North America)
  •     Cantalici L'Antica Fornace di Ridolfo Baruffo Chianti Classico Riserva 2010, Italy (Sangiovese World)
  •     Chateau La Haye Majeste Grande Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Saint-Estephe 2010, France (Cabernet Sauvignon World)
  •     DeLoach Vineyards Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2012, United States (Pinot Noir World)
  •     Finca Moncloa Tintilla de Rota Cádiz 2011, Spain (Sweet Reds World)
  •     Girard Old Vine Zinfandel Napa Valley 2012, United States (Zinfandel USA)
  •     Kellermeister - Barossa Storyboard Collection Funk Wagon Barossa Valley 2011, Australia (Red Blends - Southern Hemisphere)
  •     Lopez Noceti 1919 Seleccion Barrica Malbec Mendoza 2012, Argentina (Malbec World)
  •     Marques de Riscal Gran Reserva Rioja 2005, Spain (Assorted Reds Spain)
  •     Nederburg Pinotage Paarl 2012, South Africa (Other Red Varietals World)
  •     Quinta de Lemos Touriga Nacional Dao 2009, Portugal (Assorted Reds Portugal)
  •     Ridge Crest White Bluffs Merlot Columbia Valley 2011, United States (Merlot World)
  •     Spettacolare Real Tuscan Heirloom Edition Estate Grown Tuscany IGT 2011, Italy (Red Blends Europe)
  •     Tellurian Pastiche Shiraz Heathcote 2012, Australia (Shiraz/Syrah World)

White Wines:

  •     Quails' Gate Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay Okanagan Valley 2012, Canada (Chardonnay World)
  •     Astrolabe Wines Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2013, New Zealand (Sauvignon Blanc World)
  •     Dr. Konstantin Frank Reserve Riesling Finger Lakes 2012, United States (Riesling World)
  •     Villa Pozzi Pinot Grigio Sicily IGT 2013, Italy (Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris World))
  •     Dr. Konstantin Frank Gerwurztraminer Finger Lakes 2013, United States (Gewurztraminer World)
  •     Cantina Aurora Moscato Piemonte 2013, Italy (Muscat/Moscato/Muscatelle World)
  •     Gerovassiliou Epanomi 2013, Greece (White Blends Europe)
  •     Devonian Coast Wineries Mercator White Estate Select Nova Scotia 2012, Canada (White Blends North America)
  •     Helfrich Pinot Blanc Alsace 2013, France (Other White Varietals World)

Rosé Wines:

  •     Wollersheim Winery Prairie Blush White Marechal Foch Wisconsin 2013, United States (Rosé/Blush North America)
  •     Chateau Leoube Secret de Leoube Cotes-de-Provence 2013, France (Rosé/Blush Europe)

Champagne/Sparkling Wines:

  •     Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut Epernay, France (Champagne France)
  •     ASTORIA Millesimato Prosecco Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore 2013, Italy (Prosecco Italy)
  •     Domaine Carneros by Taittinger Brut Rosé Cuvee de la Pompadour Carneros, United States (Sparkling USA)
  •     Rotari Rose NV Trento, Italy (Sparkling World)

Dessert Wines:

  •     Turk Eiswein vom Gruner Veltliner Niederösterreich, Austria (Ice Wines World)

Fortified Wines:

  •     Barbadillo San Rafael Oloroso Dulce Jerez-Xeres-Sherry, Spain (Sherry Spain)
  •     Maurin Red Vermouth Burgundy, France (Vermouth World)

Sakes:

  •     Hizo Otokoyama Junmai Ginjyo Fukuoka, Japan (Sake World)

Ultimate Wine Challengelike no other competition and doesnt want to be.

ABOUT ULTIMATE BEVERAGE CHALLENGE
Ultimate Beverage Challenge (UBC) provides expert evaluation of wines and spirits for producers, importers and marketers through its two innovative annual competitions: Ultimate Spirits Challenge and Ultimate Wine Challenge. Based on exacting standards, expert judges and rigorous methodology, UBC raises the standards of spirits and wine evaluation and supplies ratings and accolades to help companies build their brands with buyers, both industry and consumer. UBC partners are F. Paul Pacult, Sue Woodley, David Talbot and Sean Ludford. Past Challenge results and event photos, videos and press coverage can be found at http://www.ultimate-beverage.com.

Ultimate Beverage Challenge inquiries: info(at)ultimate-beverage(dot)com, 1-347-878-6551
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/UltimateBeverageChallenge
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/ultimatebeverage

Media contact: Manuela Savona, Savona Communications, 1-917-969-1275, manuela(at)savonacommunications(dot)com

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