U.S. Open Finals

THE ONLY ROAD TO THE
WORLD WINE TASTING CHAMPIONSHIP

You do not need to be a member of any wine club or society. YOU are eligible to compete against the nation’s best. The Wine Tasting US Open is a blind tasting competition where you are scored on your ability to correctly determine the main grape varietal, country of origin, wine region of origin, vintage, and producer of wines from around the world.

Individuals or teams of two may compete in this tournament for the chance to win a trip to France. The top two scoring entrants (teams or individuals) become TEAM USA. These winners are invited to represent the US at the World Wine Tasting Championships held in France where they will compete against national teams from over twenty countries. Airfare and accommodations for Team USA will be provided.

Taste along with the competitors to test your wine knowledge and witness the tournament from the sidelines as an observer.

Click here for rules and scoring.

2018 Wine Tasting US Open

The 2019 Wine Tasting U.S. Open Championship Finals were held at the historic Pierpont Inn in  Ventura, California on July 14, 2019. The event was a head-to-head competition tasting twelve wines, six white and six red. Contestants were scored on their ability to correctly determine the main grape varietal, country of origin, wine region of origin, vintage, and producer of each wine. The top two teams will compete as TEAM USA in the World Championships held in France in October, 2019.

2019 WINNERS

1st Place: Taylor Robertson and Jacob Fergus, 101 points
2nd Place: Gwendolyn Alley and Sue Hill, 92 points
3rd Place: Lisa Stoll and Elan Glasser, 59 points
WINES POURED
  1. 2017 Pazo Senorans Albarino from Spain, Galicia region
  2. 2017 Jean Jacques Auchere Sancerre (Sauvignon Blanc) from France, Loire region
  3. 2015 Spier Chenin Blanc from South Africa, Stellenbosch region
  4. 2017 Chateau de Nages Vielles Vignes (Grenache Blanc blend) from France, Rhone region
  5. 2018 Gerd Anselmann Riesling Trocken from Germany, Pfalz region
  6. 2015 Saintsbury Chardonnay from United States, California North Coast (Carneros) region
  7. 201Gerard Bertrand Corbieres (Grenache blend) from France, Languedoc region
  8. 2015 Ego Bodegas GORU 18M (Mourvedre blend) from Spain, Murcia region
  9. 2013 Castelgreve Chianti Classico Riserva (Sangiovese blend) from Italy, Tuscany region
  10. 2014 Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon from United States, California North Coast (Napa) region
  11. 2015 Tapiz Alta Collection Malbec from Argentina, Mendoza region
  12. 2014 Quinta Das Carvalhas Touriga Nacional from Portugal, Douro region

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