2009 Wine Star Nominees Announced

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Wine Enthusiast's Wine Star Awards
Nominees Announced!
Wine Enthusiast Magazine, celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Wine Star Awards, takes great pleasure in announcing the 50 nominees for its wine and spirits awards. The awards recognize excellence on all levels of the industry, from producing premium wines and spirits to marketing and distributing them. Brief descriptions of these nominees will appear in the November issue of the magazine, published on October 5th, while the winners of each category will be announced and presented in-depth in the December 15 issue, published the beginning of November.

This year's award dinner will also feature a special tribute to the "Pioneers of Distribution," honoring the companies that helped build awareness and appreciation of wine in America over the past 76 years.

All award recipients will be honored at the annual Wine Star Awards gala dinner on Monday, January 25, 2010 at the New York Public Library in New York City.
Person of the Year
Ted Baseler (Ste. Michelle Wine Estates)
Mariann Fischer Boel (European Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development)
Nicolas Catena (Catena Zapata, Argentina)
Bill Foley II (Foley Estates)
Christian Moueix (Etablissements Jean-Pierre Moueix, France; Dominus, Napa)
American Winery of the Year
Dr. Frank's Vinifera Wine Cellars and
Chateau Frank
(Finger Lakes, NY)
Leonetti Cellar (Walla Walla, Washington)
Ponzi Vineyards
(Willamette Valley, Oregon)
Rodney Strong Vineyards
(Sonoma, California)
Trinchero Family Estates
(Napa, California)
Winemaker of the Year
João Nicolau de Almeida, Ramos Pinto (Portugal)
Roberto de la Mota (Argentina)
Ben Glaetzer, Glaetzer Wines (Australia)
Ernst Loosen, Dr. Loosen (Germany)
Scott McLeod, Rubicon (California)
European Winery of the Year
Bouchard Pére et Fils (France)
Livio Felluga (Italy)
Mezzacorona (Italy)
The Royal Tokaji Wine Company (Hungary)
Sierra Cantabria (Spain)
WINESTAR AWARDS
Wine Region of the Year
Champagne (France)
Rhône Valley (France)
Russian River Valley (California)
Stellenbosch (South Africa)
Valpolicella (Italy)
New World Winery of the Year
Bodega Catena Zapata (Argentina)
d'Arenberg (Australia)
Jackson-Triggs Vintners (Canada)
VSPT (Chile)
Yalumba (Australia)
Distiller of the Year
St. Germain (Robert Cooper) / Domaine de Canton (John Cooper)
Hangar One
Hendrick's Gin
Martell Cognac
Partida Tequila
Importer of the Year
Dalla Terra
Frederick Wildman
Jorge Ordoñez/Fine Estates From Spain
Kermit Lynch
Winebow
 
Retailer of the Year
Andronico's Markets (Northern California)
Best Cellars at A&P (Eastern US)
Bottlerocket Wine & Spirit (New York)
Trader Joe's (throughout US)
Wine Exchange (Southern California)

Innovator of the Year
Jim Koch, Samuel Adams (Boston)
José Manuel Ortega, O. Fournier (Spain, Chile, Argentina)
Audrey Saunders, Pegu Club (New York)
Gary Vaynerchuk, Wine Library (New Jersey)
The Wine Group (Boston)
Special Lifetime Achievement Award
Harvey Chaplin, Chairman and CEO of Southern Wine and Spirits

Adam Strum, Editor & Publisher of Wine Enthusiast Magazine, remarked on this year's stellar list:
"Our 10th year awards ceremony may very well be the most exciting of all, with nominees from all corners of the globe who show that innovation and tradition can indeed be paired. We take special pride also in honoring the leading distributors in the country at this event. These are people whose tireless efforts to spread the word about the value of wine as a part of everyday life have led to increased understanding and appreciation of wine in restaurants and retail shops, which in turn have helped America become a great wine-drinking nation."

Wine Enthusiast Magazine's Wine Star Awards Dinner began honoring achievements for the year 2000.
This past year the honorees were:

Honorees

    Pictured left to right
  • LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: Piero Antinori, Marchese Antinori
  • DISTILLER OF THE YEAR: THE MACALLAN, Ken Grier
  • WINEMAKER OF THE YEAR: Margo Van Staaveren, Chateau St. Jean Winery & Vineyards
  • AMERICAN WINERY OF THE YEAR: KORBEL CHAMPAGNE CELLARS, Gary Heck
  • RETAILER OF THE YEAR: SPEC'S WINE, SPIRITS & FINER FOODS, John Rydman
  • MAN OF THE YEAR: Robert Sands, Constellation Brands
  • WINE REGION OF THE YEAR: MENDOZA, ARGENTINA, Nora Favelukes
  • Lindy Rydman of Spec's
  • IMPORTER OF THE YEAR: SHAW-ROSS INTERNATIONAL IMPORTERS, Bruce Hunter
  • INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR: Jean-Charles Boisset, Boisset Family Estates
  • EUROPEAN WINERY OF THE YEAR: THE BOUTARI COMPANY, Constantine Boutari
  • NEW WORLD WINERY OF THE YEAR: CASA LAPOSTOLLE, Chile (Not Pictured)
  • Adam Strum, Editor & Publisher of Wine Enthusiast Magazine

For additional information about the
2009 Wine Star Awards contact
:
Aileen Robbins, 212/929-7700
arobbins@wineenthusiast.net

About Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Founded in 1988,Wine Enthusiast Magazine's mission is to educate and entertain readers about wine and the wine lifestyle in an accessible and user-friendly way. Wine Enthusiast Magazine has grown to become one of the world's most respected and quoted publications in the field of wine and spirits. The magazine is an important source of ratings and reviews of both wine and spirits currently available in the marketplace, vital to both consumers and trade. With a readership of 685,000 per issue, Wine Enthusiast Magazine is available in fine wine shops, tasting rooms and major bookstores nationwide. In addition, Wine Enthusiast Magazine develops signature events for both consumers and trade. The magazine and "Buying Guide" are also available online at winemag.com.

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