The Ultimate Wine Challenge (which is part of the Ultimate Beverage Challenge) recently held its eighth edition in Hawthorne, New York, and announced the winners at the beginning of June. This event, which was held during four weeks and is the “world’s platinum standard for wine competitions,” according to wineindustryadvisor.com, saw more than 1,200 participants, among them cider and sparkling, still and fortified wines from all the world over. The panel of 13 judges comprised top experts in the industry, including educators, authors, journalists and buyers. There are four main awards: Chairman’s Trophy, which is the highest honor, followed by Finalist, Great Value (for those with great value-for-money), and Tried & True (for those wines that are consistently good, year after year).
Four Spanish wines took home Chairman’s Trophy distinctions: Viña Albali Gran Reserva Selección Privada 2010 (red); Garciarévalo Finca Tres Olmos Liás 2015 (white); MM Gran Reserva Brut Nature 2012 (sparkling); and Cruz Garcia Real Red (a sangria in the miscellaneous category). Seventeen wines took home Finalist distinctions, among them Poema Brut Cava (sparkling); Carme Tempranillo 2014 (red); and Valdecuevas Verdejo 2016 (white). Many wines took home the Great Value distinction, including Sandara White (sparkling); Toro Loco Tempranillo 2015 (red); and Flor Innata Verdejo 2016 (white). And three red wines received the Tried & True award, among them Felix Solis Viña San Juan Merlot 2016 and Arnegui Reserva 2012.
A red, white, sparkling wine and a sangria received the Chairman’s Trophy at this prestigious event.