U.S. Open Finals


July 14, 2019

Pierpont Inn

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Ventura, California

A blind wine tasting tournament

like no other.

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.

The winners of the U.S. OPEN finals will become the new TEAM USA and are invited to the seventh World Wine Tasting Championships in France where they will compete against national teams from over twenty countries.


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

2018 Wine Tasting US Open

The 2018 Wine Tasting U.S. Open Championship Finals were held at the Marina Del Rey Hotel, in  Marina Del Rey, California on August 11th. 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 winners competed as TEAM USA in the World Championships held in France in October, 2018.


1st Place: Kristen Shubert & Lisa Stoll – 124 points

2nd Place: Gina Cook & Christine Tanaka – 91 points

3rd Place: Prem Sundaram & Byanca Godwin – 90 points

  1. NV JJ Vincent, Chardonnay, from France, Burgundy region
  2. 2016 Siefried, Sauvignon Blanc, from New Zealand, Nelson region
  3. 2013 Domaine Zind-Humbrecht, Gewurtztraminer, from France, Alsace region
  4. 2010 E. Guigal Saint-Joseph, 70 percent Marsanne, from France, Rhone region
  5. 2005 Barth, Riesling, from Germany, Rheingau region
  6. 2014 Beringer Reserve, Chardonnay, from USA, California Northern Coast (Napa) region
  7. 2015 Notre Dame des Pallieres, 80 percent Grenache, from France, Rhone region
  8. 2014 Marques de Murrieta, 80 percent Tempranillo, from Spain, Rioja region
  9. 2012 Melville, Pinot Noir, from USA, California Central Coast region
  10. 2016 Colome, Malbec, from Argentina, Salta region
  11. 2005 Castello di Fonterutoli, 90 percent Sangiovese, from Italy, Tuscany region
  12. 2014 M. Chapoutier Banyuls, 90 percent Grenache, from France, Languedoc-Rousillion region

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