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2017 Ruinart Challenge Applications Open!

Apply today to compete in the Ruinart Challenge! Over 100 finalists will attend one of the five tasting competitions. At each competition, one participant will be awarded a trip to Champagne and a $1,000 SommFoundation cash scholarship.

The Ruinart Challenge is a 40-minute, written, blind tasting of four wines. Any wine in the world can be included. The Challenge asks basic blind tasting questions (country, vintage, variety, etc.) along with questions about pairing suggestions, serving temperature, and ageability. The Challenge does not include a presentation or speaking component.

A lecture by Ruinart’s Chef de Caves and a Champagne lunch will follow the tasting.

Limited spots available—apply soon! Application due dates:

  • Seattle & SF: April 4
  • Miami: April 11
  • New Orleans & NYC: May 1

Competition dates:

  • Seattle: April 18
  • San Francisco: April 19
  • Miami: April 25
  • New Orleans: May 15
  • New York City: May 17

All competitions take place at 11am. Locations coming soon. Business attire is suggested, and please arrive on time or early.


Applications will be reviewed by GuildSomm. Ruinart will inform all applicants of their status soon after the deadline.