Heading to France to Compete in the World Wine Tasting Championship

Agoura Hills, CA – (August 11, 2018) Wine tasting enthusiasts from around the state competed in the US Open Blind Wine Tasting Competition for the chance of becoming Team USA and represent the country at the upcoming World Wine Tasting Championship being held on October 13, 2018 in Chateau Saint-Pierre de Serjac, Languedoc, France.

On August 11, 2018, 8 teams of 2 converged at the Marina Del Rey Hotel in Marina Del Rey, CA in the hopes of taking home the grand prize. Each team blind tasted 6 white and 6 red wines from around the world gaining points by identifying its primary grape, country of origin, region of origin, vintage, and producer. At the conclusion of the competition two teams emerged as the clear victors and will be heading to France as Team USA in October.

The winners from the US Open Blind Wine Tasting competition are as follows:

1st place:  Kristin Shubert and Lisa Stoll achieved an impressive 124 points out of 291 possible.

2nd place:  Gina Cook and Christine Tanaka took second with a very respectable 91 point finish.

These two dynamic teams will now form the, first ever, all female, USA Wine Tasting team.

Presented by Wine Acuity, LLC, the Wine Tasting US Open offers wine experts, enthusiasts, and wine students a chance to compete for the much-coveted opportunity to represent the US in the World Wine Tasting Competition. Winning this competition is no small feat. Some of the more challenging wines in the competition were the 2010 E. Guigal Saint-Joseph and 2014 M. Chapoutier Banyuls which confounded all teams for a grand total of zero points scored.

Wine Acuity CEO, John Vilja, says “the first-place team, Kristen and Lisa, did a remarkable job. A score of 124 points would have put them in top ranks at the World Championship. In fact, they would have been the champions in 2017 with that score. Mr. Vilja continues, “They not only identified seven varietals properly, they also named one of the producers correctly, something that is nearly impossible to do”. Mr. Vilja expressed how impressed he was with both teams and looks forward to watching them compete, and hopefully take home the victory, in the world championship.

Click here to view gallery of photos from event and update on 2019 event.

Download the press release here: NR Team USA Press Release