The innaugural Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition will not lack for starpower when it debuted in January, 2010. Its cast of winemaker judges included the legendary Merry Edwards of Merry Edwards wines, cutting-edge pinot noir and chardonnay specialist James Hall of Patz & Hall, Aussie giant Daryl Groom, Napa Valley winemaking legends Ric Forman, Ed Sbragia and Darice Spinelli, and the Eberle Winery's Gary Eberle, the Godfather of winemaking in California's Paso Robles appellation.
The Winemaker Challenge is the final piece in the "Challenge" series of wine competitions. It joins the acclaimed Critics Challenge and Sommelier Challenge, which have spawned a new era in the world of wine competitions.
The goal of each of the Challenges is to deliver impeccable evaluation of new wine releases from the unique perspective of three important sectors of the wine industry -- winemakers, sommeliers and wine journalists -- most often looked to for professional analysis.
A full list of judges, competition information, dates, entry forms and the results, can be found on the website, www.WinemakerChallenge.com.