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2017 Ruinart Challenge Winners & Wines

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


San Francisco

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


New Orleans

Winner: Paula De Pano / Fearrington House

Runners up: Braithe Tidwell / Brennan's Restaurant; Magdalena Gilpin / Masseria


New York

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 ( for Seattle and SF and Lacey Burke ( for Miami, NYC and New Orleans.