ULTIMATE WINE CHALLENGE…LIKE NO OTHER COMPETITION AND DOESN’T WANT TO BE
ULTIMATE WINE CHALLENGE
(UWC)
,
started in 2010 by ULTIMATE BEVERAGE
CHALLENGE (UBC), is recognized as one of
the world’s foremost annual wine evaluation
and competition events. Over the course
of a full week, multiple panels of the most
respected wine authorities—journalists,
authors, educators, restaurateurs, retailers
and wine buyers—blind tasted nearly 800
wine entries to determine which wines are
best in 39 distinct categories. Using the easily
understood 100-point scale, entries that
scored 90 points or higher in the first round of
evaluation were assigned to a second panel
of judges to determine Finalists and Chairman
Trophy winners in each category.
This year’s UWC took place June 3-7 at
New York’s Astor Center. Led by UBC founder
and judging chairman F. Paul Pacult and
co-chairman Sean Ludford, the judges roster
was a “who’s who” of wine authorities,
including Christy Canterbury, MW; James
Conley; Mary Ewing-Mulligan, MW; Doug
Frost, MW, MS; Debbie Gioquindo; Mary
Gorman-MacAdams, MW; Ed McCarthy;
John McClement; Jean Reilly, MW; Jack
Robertiello; Patricia Savoie; Jennifer
Simonetti-Bryan, MW and Tara Q. Thomas.
Ultimate Wine Challenge 2013 had a record
number of entries, increasing over 10% from
the previous year, representing 273 wine
brands from 5 continents. The judges named
39 Chairman’s Trophy winners and 123
Finalists, with 253 wines identified as “Great
Value”. Top scoring wines will be published
in the
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 2013
Guide to the World’s Best Wine & Spirits
in
the October 2013 issue of selected
Beverage
Network Publications
. Over 60,000 licensed
buyers in the top beverage alcohol markets
will receive this guide.
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The judging room at Astor Center
2.
The judges for Ultimate Wine Challenge 2013 – BACK ROW, L to R: UBC partner
and Judging Co-Chairman Sean Ludford, UBC partner and Judging Chairman F. Paul Pacult, John McClement, UBC partner
David Talbot. MIDDLE ROW, L to R: Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan MW, UBC partner Sue Woodley, Mary Ewing-Mulligan MW,
Jack Robertiello, Ed McCarthy, Mary Gorman MW, James Conley, Tara Q. Thomas. FRONT ROW, L to R: Patricia Savoie,
Jean K. Reilly, MW, Debbie Gioquindo, Doug Frost MW. Not pictured: Christy Canterbury MW.
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Christy Canterbury MW
assessing a flight of red wines.
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Ultimate Wine Challenge 2013 panel Mary Gorman MW, Mary Ewing-Mulligan MW and
John McClement talking to Judging Co-Chairman Sean Ludford.
ULTIMATE
BEVERAGE
CHALLENGE’S
ULTIMATE
WINE
CHALLENGE
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