Sommelier Challenge International Wine Competition Sommelier Challenge International Wine Competition

Sommelier Challenge
International Wine Competition

September 20 & 21, 2014

Deadline Extended: September 2, 2014

Scores & Medals to be Awarded
at Sommelier Challenge VI


To the growing list of major wine competitions publishing numerical ratings to accompany medal awards, add the sixth annual Sommelier Challenge.

This unique wine competition, which is judged exclusively by certified sommeliers, presents the perfect opportunity to score a good number or post a valuable award for new Fall wine releases heading into the important holiday season.

Sommelier Challenge brings together some of the finest minds and palates in the wine business, from Washington, D.C. to San Francisco to the important southern California wine market. Our somms tend to be leaders rather than followers, and they are always keen on wines that will charm and tempt consumers at every level of wine appreciation.

In addition to Platinum, Gold and Silver awards and numerical ratings, aka scores, Sommelier Challenge delivers added value in the form of published reviews at Wine Review Online, a review site that attracts more than one million viewers a year. All wines awarded Platinum by the sommeliers will be reviewed by professional staff at Wine Review Online.

Again this year the medal-winning wines from Sommelier Challenge will be presented to the public at the annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival, the largest wine festival on the West Coast, and a major attraction in San Diego that draws visitors from across the nation. The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival is staged in November and the Sommelier Challenge medal-winners are poured at the very popular The Vault tasting.

Wineries are encouraged to send representatives to pour their wines and present current information about their products, but we stand ready to assist and have staff pour winning wines in those instances when it is not possible to send a winery representative.

Robert Whitley

About Robert Whitley


Competition Director Robert WhitleyRobert has written about wine for newspapers across the United States for more than 20 years. His Wine Talk column and reviews are distributed by the Creators Syndicate, and he also publishes the online wine magazine, Wine Review Online. Robert is founder of the Sommelier Challenge, as well as its sister events Winemaker Challenge and Critics Challenge. Robert also has been Director of the San Diego International Wine Competition for the past 11 years. In addition to his own wine competitions, Robert will serve as a judge this year at the Dallas Morning News TexSom wine competition, the Sunset Magazine International Wine Competition, the Concours Mondial in Brussels, the Wines of Portugal Challenge in Lisbon and the San Francisco International Wine Competition.



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