Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Ultimate Beverage Challenge results are in.

The Results of the Inaugural Ultimate Wine Challenge Are In!

June 22, 2010 (New York, NY) - The first Ultimate Wine Challenge was conducted at Astor Center in New York City this past June 7-11. Operated by Ultimate Beverage Challenge, a New York-based beverage competition and events company created by award-winning journalist/author F. Paul Pacult, David Talbot and Sue Woodley, Ultimate Wine Challenge set a new standard for how wines should be evaluated by panels of judges.

The Chairman’s Trophy 2010 winners are:

Champagne: Piper-Heidsieck Rare 1999, $275.00

Red Blend: Chateau Julien la Conviviance 2006, $90.00

For the complete list of results, go to www.ultimate-beverage.com/uwc2010-results/

Four panels of best-of-the-best judges led by Judging Chairman F. Paul Pacult - specifically Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan MW, Mary Ewing-Mulligan MW, Laura Maniec MS, Steve Olson, Nick Passmore, Ed McCarthy, David Lusby, James Conley, John McClement, Michael Apstein, Patricia Savoie, Mary Gorman and Sean Ludford, Assistant Judging Chairman - carefully assessed nearly 500 domestic and international wines. The judging panels did not know the identity of any of the entered still, sparkling, fortified and sake wines in order to promote a completely level playing field for all entrants. Entrants were judged on the 100-point rating system in multiple stages to arrive at the top wine per category. All wines were judged in flights according to price, grape type and region. The highest scoring wine in each category was awarded the coveted Ultimate Wine Challenge Chairman’s Trophy.

Said Pacult of the first Ultimate Wine Challenge, “With UBC’s emphasis on integrity, method and credibility, coupled with the enormous experience of our world-class judges, we’ve created an innovative, exciting and authentic way for wines to be assessed and then presented to consumers.”