2018 Ruinart Challenge Applications Open!

Apply today to compete in the 2018 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 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:

  • New York City: March 5
  • Washington, DC: March 9
  • Dallas: April 9
  • Los Angeles: April 13
  • San Francisco: April 15

Competition dates:

  • New York City: March 15
  • Washington, DC: March 19
  • Dallas: April 19
  • Los Angeles: April 23
  • San Francisco: April 25

All competitions will take place 11am to 2pm. Locations coming soon. Business attire is suggested, and please arrive on time or early.


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