On behalf of Ruinart and GuildSomm, we’d like to thank all contestants who participated in this year's Ruinart Challenge. This year was perhaps the most difficult blind tasting yet, and we appreciate everyone rising to the challenge!
A special CONGRATS to the winners! Well done; we’ll see you in France!
Here are the winners and runners up from across the country...and the wines!
Winner: Elton Nichols / Canlis
Runners up: Paul Swanson / RN 74; Kristen Young / Bastille Café & Bar
Winner: Wendy Shoemaker / Consultant
Runners up: Jeremy Reed / Ella Dining Room & Bar; Zoe Hankins / Acacia House
Winner: Clément Cariot / Bleu Provence
Runners up: Erik Segelbaum / Starr Restaurants; Jason Saake / The Breakers
Winner: Paula De Pano / Fearrington House
Runners up: Braithe Tidwell / Brennan's Restaurant; Magdalena Gilpin / Masseria
Winner: Rebecca Flynn / Covina; O Ya
Runners up: Ryan Totman / Corkbuzz; Roberto Recchione / Altamarea Group
If you are a runner up and have not received your magnum, please reach out to Megan Gordon (firstname.lastname@example.org) for Seattle and SF and Lacey Burke (email@example.com) for Miami, NYC and New Orleans.