2019 Ruinart Challenge Application is Now 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 scholarship from GuildSomm.

The Ruinart Challenge is comprised of a 40-minute written blind tasting exam of four wines. Wines can be from any region in the world—still or sparkling! The blind wine tasting questions will test your knowledge on country of origin, vintage, variety, pairings, serving temperature, and ageability.

After the tasting, there will be a 1-hour lecture led by Ruinart's Chef de Caves, Frédéric Panaïotis, followed by a Champagne lunch.

Limited spots available – APPLY HERE!

Application deadlines:
  • San Francisco – (DEADLINE HAS NOW PASSED)
  • New York City – March 10
  • Chicago – March 10
  • Detroit – March 10
Challenge dates:
  • San Francisco  March 20
  • Atlanta  March 25
  • New York City  April 10
  • Chicago  April 15
  • Detroit  April 17
All competitions will take place 11am to 2pm; please arrive on time or early. Locations will be announced soon. Business attire is suggested. No need to bring anything other than your sharp skills!

Applications will be reviewed by GuildSomm and Ruinart. Ruinart will email applicants regarding their application status soon after the application deadline. The Ruinart Challenge is for GuildSomm members within the United States only.