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108 { THE SOMM JOURNAL } AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2015 A celebratory 35 years of the pre-eminent international wine competition in the United States wrapped up on June 14th with our San Francisco International Wine Competition. Surpassing last year's record number of entries, this year's competition had a 7% increase in contenders from the year before. The elegant downtown Hotel Nikko was once again the headquarters for this competition, judged by 50 leading palates from around the U.S. as well as Australia, Germany and New Zealand. Judges from the sectors of retail, restaurants, winemaking, media, and consulting judged over 4,902 wines from 26 countries and 29 states. Cabernet Sauvignon, one of the two top selling wines in the U.S., remained dominant categorically this year with 544 entries, the largest category of the competition. Pinot Noir showed its continual winning streak with 32 Double Golds, 20 of which were from the 2013 vintage. The competition continued its 100-point scoring system for all Gold and Double Gold medals, which was implemented last year. Several new judges were added in 2015 including Eduardo A. Dingler, Corporate Beverage Director, Morimoto Restaurants in Napa; Ryan McHendry, Coordinator of Category Management, The Kroger Co., Cincinnati; and Bob Paulinski, MW, Senior Vice President of Wine at BevMo!. They joined noted wine talents such as winemaker Heidi Peterson Barrett; Wine Enthusiast critic Virginie Boone; Court of Master Sommeliers' Fred Dame, MS; and leading wine blogger Joe Roberts among others. The medal count for 2015 included 254 Double Golds, a distinction given when a wine unanimously wins a Gold Medal by all the judges evaluating it, 538 Gold Medals, 1,742 Silver Medals and 1,568 Bronze Medals. Due to space restrictions, we are listing the Double Gold and Gold Medal winners here; a complete listing of winners can be found at —Anthony Dias Blue, Executive Director Tasting Panel Magazine nery of the Year Wolf Blass Wines, Australia Andre Tchelistcheff nemakers of the Year Chad Richard, Robert Zeches and Shalini Sekhar, Furthermore Pinot Noir, California nery Portfolio of the Year Delicato Family Vineyards, Napa, California Results of the 2015 San Francisco International Wine Competition

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