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 About Sommelier Scavenger Hunt

Wine & Spirits Magazine's annual Sommelier Scavenger Hunt (SSH) welcomes our sommelier friends from around the nation to participate in a competition focused on terroir. The fundamental concept – five teams of three sommeliers will each be assigned to a specific region to find six wines that are the most expressive of the region’s terroir, culture and style. This year’s country of focus will be .

What is the taste-off?

The teams will travel to NYC to participate in a taste-off on Monday, January 16, 2017 at City Winery. Each team will present its selection to an audience of 40 leading members of the trade, and to the members of the other teams. The audience and other participating sommeliers will taste the wines and vote on the each team’s selection based on their expression of the region. The team with the most votes will be declared the winner and win a sponsored trip to an international wine region.

If you’re a member of the industry and are interested in attending the upcoming Taste-Off, please email Sarah Sutel-Looper.

Who is participating this year?

Team West Sonoma Coast Led by David Sawyer includes Jack Mason, MS, and Cappie Peete

Team Willamette Valley Led by John Szabo, MS includes Brad Royale and Veronique Rivest

Team Ontario Led by Michael Madrigale includes Josiah Baldivino and Michelle Biscieglia

Team Santa Cruz Led by Erin Scala includes Kimberly Prokoshyn and Booth Hardy


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