Wine Star Awards Dinner

Wine Star Awards Dinner

The New York Public Library was aglow in amber candlelight Monday evening as members of the wine and spirits industry gathered in Manhattan to celebrate the Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s sixth annual Wine Star Awards dinner. Publisher and editor Adam Strum began the evening with a toast celebrating the 25th anniversary of Wine Enthusiast Companies.

F. Paul Pacult, Wine Enthusiast Magazine‘s spirits tasting director, was the master of ceremonies for the evening.  Pacult explained that what has kept his interest in the wine and spirits industry for more than 25 years has been the people.  After all, that’s who runs the wineries, importers, distilleries and retailers who make up the recipients of the 2006 Wine Star Awards.

These awards are to acknowledge outstanding achievements in the world of wine and spirits amidst the ever-changing, growing and dynamic industry.  In addition, six of the Ultimate Distinction Restaurant Award winners attended the dinner and were each presented an engraved plaque.

Among the evening’s highlights was the enormous announcement that Jean-Claude Rouzaud of Louis Roederer is handing over the reins to his son Frédéric. 

Representing the sixth generation to run the company, Frédéric was on hand to speak of how his great grandmother protected the vineyards during the Russian Revolution and the Depression of 1929. 



 Baroness Philippine de Rothschild and Adam Strum share a laugh.

 Adam Strum with Patrick Ricard, Man of the Year.

Click here for a slideshow of images from the dinner!

Pacult compared American Winery of the Year winner Don Sebastiani to Steve Jobs of Apple Computers. Pacult explained that, similar to the computer icon, Sebastiani is able to continually reinvent himself and his business.  Sebastiani retorted that his wife "wishes I would reinvent myself into George Clooney," and humbly gave a very heart-felt thank you to the people who work with him. 

A very dynamic and energetic Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient gave a moving speech where she says that she learned all she knows about the business of the wine industry she learned while touring the U.S. years ago. The Baroness also lovingly hailed Robert and Margit Mondavi as two of her dearest friends.   

Some of the best and brightest people in the wine and spirits industry enjoyed a glamor-filled evening while rubbing elbows and swirling glasses.

 The beautiful and historic New York Public Library in New York City.

The 2005 Wine Star Award winners are:
Wine Man of the Year
Patrick Ricard
American Winery of the Year
Don Sebastiani & Sons (California)
European Winery of the Year
Louis Roederer (France)
New World Winery of the Year
Vergelegen (South Africa)
Winemaker of the Year
Peter Gago (Penfolds)
Wine Region of the Year
Colchagua Valley (Chile)
Importer of the Year
Empson & Company
Retailer of the Year
Sam’s Wine & Spirits
Distiller of the Year
Johnnie Walker
Lifetime Achievement
Baroness Philippine de Rothschild


Published on January 25, 2006

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