\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWine Enthusiast's Wine Star Awards\r\nNominees Announced!\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWine 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.\r\n\r\nThis 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.\r\n\r\nAll 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.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nPerson of the Year\r\nTed Baseler (Ste. Michelle Wine Estates)\r\nMariann Fischer Boel (European Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development)\r\nNicolas Catena (Catena Zapata, Argentina)\r\nBill Foley II (Foley Estates)\r\nChristian Moueix (Etablissements Jean-Pierre Moueix, France; Dominus, Napa)\r\n\r\n\r\nAmerican Winery of the Year\r\nDr. Frank's Vinifera Wine Cellars and\r\nChateau Frank (Finger Lakes, NY)\r\nLeonetti Cellar (Walla Walla, Washington)\r\nPonzi Vineyards\r\n(Willamette Valley, Oregon)\r\nRodney Strong Vineyards\r\n(Sonoma, California)\r\nTrinchero Family Estates\r\n(Napa, California)\r\n\r\nWinemaker of the Year\r\nJo\u00e3o Nicolau de Almeida, Ramos Pinto (Portugal)\r\nRoberto de la Mota (Argentina)\r\nBen Glaetzer, Glaetzer Wines (Australia)\r\nErnst Loosen, Dr. Loosen (Germany)\r\nScott McLeod, Rubicon (California)\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nEuropean Winery of the Year\r\nBouchard P\u00e9re et Fils (France)\r\nLivio Felluga (Italy)\r\nMezzacorona (Italy)\r\nThe Royal Tokaji Wine Company (Hungary)\r\nSierra Cantabria (Spain)\r\n\r\nWine Region of the Year\r\nChampagne (France)\r\nRh\u00f4ne Valley (France)\r\nRussian River Valley (California)\r\nStellenbosch (South Africa)\r\nValpolicella (Italy)\r\n\r\n\r\nNew World Winery of the Year\r\nBodega Catena Zapata (Argentina)\r\nd'Arenberg (Australia)\r\nJackson-Triggs Vintners (Canada)\r\nVSPT (Chile)\r\nYalumba (Australia)\r\nDistiller of the Year\r\nSt. Germain (Robert Cooper) / Domaine de Canton (John Cooper)\r\nHangar One\r\nHendrick's Gin\r\nMartell Cognac\r\nPartida Tequila\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nImporter of the Year\r\nDalla Terra\r\nFrederick Wildman\r\nJorge Ordo\u00f1ez/Fine Estates From Spain\r\nKermit Lynch\r\nWinebow\r\n\u00c2\r\nRetailer of the Year\r\nAndronico's Markets (Northern California)\r\nBest Cellars at A&P (Eastern US)\r\nBottlerocket Wine & Spirit (New York)\r\nTrader Joe's (throughout US)\r\nWine Exchange (Southern California)\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nInnovator of the Year\r\nJim Koch, Samuel Adams (Boston)\r\nJos\u00e9 Manuel Ortega, O. Fournier (Spain, Chile, Argentina)\r\nAudrey Saunders, Pegu Club (New York)\r\nGary Vaynerchuk, Wine Library (New Jersey)\r\nThe Wine Group (Boston)\r\n\r\n\r\nSpecial Lifetime Achievement Award\r\nHarvey Chaplin, Chairman and CEO of\u00c2\u00a0Southern Wine and Spirits\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAdam Strum, Editor & Publisher of Wine Enthusiast Magazine, remarked on this year's stellar list:\r\n"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."\r\nWine Enthusiast Magazine's Wine Star Awards Dinner began honoring achievements for the year 2000.\r\nThis past year the honorees were:\r\n\r\n\r\nPictured left to right\r\n\r\n\tLIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: Piero Antinori, Marchese Antinori\r\n\tDISTILLER OF THE YEAR: THE MACALLAN, Ken Grier\r\n\tWINEMAKER OF THE YEAR: Margo Van Staaveren, Chateau St. Jean Winery & Vineyards\r\n\tAMERICAN WINERY OF THE YEAR: KORBEL CHAMPAGNE CELLARS, Gary Heck\r\n\tRETAILER OF THE YEAR: SPEC'S WINE, SPIRITS & FINER FOODS, John Rydman\r\n\tMAN OF THE YEAR: Robert Sands, Constellation Brands\r\n\tWINE REGION OF THE YEAR: MENDOZA, ARGENTINA, Nora Favelukes\r\n\tLindy Rydman of Spec's\r\n\tIMPORTER OF THE YEAR: SHAW-ROSS INTERNATIONAL IMPORTERS, Bruce Hunter\r\n\tINNOVATOR OF THE YEAR: Jean-Charles Boisset, Boisset Family Estates\r\n\tEUROPEAN WINERY OF THE YEAR: THE BOUTARI COMPANY, Constantine Boutari\r\n\tNEW WORLD WINERY OF THE YEAR: CASA LAPOSTOLLE, Chile (Not Pictured)\r\n\tAdam Strum, Editor & Publisher of Wine Enthusiast Magazine\r\n\r\n\r\nFor additional information about the\r\n2009 Wine Star Awards contact:\r\nAileen Robbins, 212/929-7700\r\firstname.lastname@example.orgAbout Wine Enthusiast Magazine\r\nFounded 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 www.winemag.com.\r\n\r\nAbout Wine Enthusiast Companies\r\nFor over 25 years, Wine Enthusiast Companies has been helping people experience and enjoy the wine lifestyle. The Wine Enthusiast Companies is the established leader in wine education, wine accessories, wine refrigeration and custom-built cellars. Wine Enthusiast products are available through catalog, online and various retailers nationwide. 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