Announcing the

   Winners from the 2012 Challenge!

PROFESSIONAL CHALLENGE

Grand Award Winner:  Nelson Abreu

2nd place:  Ilya Rubin (tie)

2nd place:  Lorie O'Sullivan (tie)

CCOVI-VQA CHALLENGE

1st Place:  Kathy Nunes

SPIRITS CHALLENGE

1st Place:  Paul Mitchell

AMATEUR CHALLENGE

1st Place:    David Eng

2nd Place:  Madeleine Sodtka

3rd Place:   Philip Belitsky

Prize List for 2012:

Prizes are posted as they are confirmed 
The Vine - Rob Groh Agency"Iconic American wines and a One-Hundred-Point Dinner". This prize includes 1 magnum of Schramsberg 2006 Blanc de Blancs; 1 magnum of Betz 2008 'La Cote Rousse' Syrah; Decanter and limited-edition corkscrew; and an invitation to our upcoming 100 Point Wine Tasting and Dinner , featuring at least seven 100 point wines from The Vines portfolio.  
Cave Spring Cellars Inc. A package of six wines from the beautiful Cave Spring estate including: 2004 Blanc de Blancs Brut CSV; 2009 Riesling CSV; 2008 Chardonnay CSV; 2011 Gewurztraminer Estate; 2007 Cabernet Franc Estate; and 2009 Pinot Noir Estate.  All wines are VQA Beamsville Bench, estate bottled.  Congratulations!
Norm Hardie Winery and VineyardVIP tour, tasting and luncheon for the winner of this prize plus SEVEN guests at the Norman Hardie Winery!  Yes, eight people will enjoy this exclusive opportunity to taste, tour and eat at Norm Hardie's winery and vineyard in Prince Edward County.
Michael Vaughan - Vintage AssessmentsJoin Michael on his hectic schedule into the LCBO tasting lab.  See how he sources the best offerings from the LCBO while discovering the upcoming bargains.  In addition each winner of The Challenge will receive a one-year Food & Beverage Institute of Canada (FBTI) Supporter Membership (valued at $95 ea), which includes advance access to all Vintage Assessments reviews, summaries, tasting notes, bi-weekly newsletter and Vintages delisting reports.
Pillitteri Estates Winery Inc.To recognize your efforts Pillitteri Estates is giving the winner a 5 Litre Limited Edition Cabernet Merlot bottle of wine!  In addition, the winner and 19 of your friends goes a private Tutored Wine and Cheese Tasting. Become "one of the family" as Pillitteri Estates takes you and your friends on a tour of its Niagara-on-the-Lake vineyard and winemaking facilities.  This includes a visit to their one-of-a-kind beautiful wine cellar.  You will enjoy food and wine pairings while learning the fine art of wine appreciation.  Pillitteri will feature five of their premium VQA wines including their award winning Icewine, along with gourmet appetisers.  Prior booking is necessary.
Vineland EstatesVineland Estates Winery is happy to support the front line hospitality service staff by providing a unique Chef's Creative Menu dinner at the award-winning Vineland Estates Winery Restaurant.  The winner of this prize and three guests will enjoy a special multi course meal expertly paired with Vineland Estates wines.  You will also receive a VIP tour and barrel tasting with one of the principals of the property and a special congratulatory gift of reserve wines.  We will make this a night to celebrate your achievement at the Challenge.
Rosewood Estates Winery & MeaderyMead, the alcohol that started it all.  Enjoy the world's first alcoholic beverage meade from Rosewood's own beekeeping family and honey. Prize includes 6 one of a kind meads made on the Beamsville Bench.  Be blown away with the 3 year barrel aged mead, Ambrosia and unique pyment, Mead Noir.  Includes Rosewood honey and other estate produced products.