Judges announced for the new Vinitaly 5 Star Wines Award

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Vinitaly International has announced the team of expert judges from 17 different countries who will be taking part in the new Vinitaly 5 Star Award to be held from the 1st to the 3rd of April 2016 (http://www.vinitaly.com/en/exhibitor-area/vinitaly-international-competitions/5-Star-Wines/judges/). This new competition represents the evolution of Vinitaly’s International Wine Awards, founded 23 years ago and that has had a long and distinguished history of awarding medals to both Italian and international wines.

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Judges of 5 Star Wines Award

Vinitaly International has announced the team of expert judges from 17 different countries who will be taking part in the new Vinitaly 5 Star Award to be held from the 1st to the 3rd of April 2016 (http://www.vinitaly.com/en/exhibitor-area/vinitaly-international-competitions/5-Star-Wines/judges/). This new competition represents the evolution of Vinitaly’s International Wine Awards, founded 23 years ago and that has had a long and distinguished history of awarding medals to both Italian and international wines.

The new competition features:
An entirely new scoring system (the 100 point scale that is used in most other world wine competitions)
Only those wines that have scored 90 or more points will be selected for the 5 Star Wines award; gold, silver, and bronze medals will no longer be awarded
The top scoring red, white, sparkling and sweet wine will receive a special award
The two (Italian and International) wine estates that record the highest average score (computed by averaging out the scores of all their wines scoring 90 or more points) will also receive a special prize
The judging panels will be composed of four to five judges of international renown, recognized experts on international wines but who are especially knowledgeable about Italian wines. For this reason, the 5 Star Wines competition is uniquely characterized by the presence of many graduates (Ambassadors and Experts) of the Vinitaly International Academy certification course in Italian wines.
Other judges include some of Italy’ foremost winemakers, as well Masters of Wine, Master Sommelliers, Michelin starred restaurant sommeliers, and educators.

The competition will be headlined by a special selection of four 50th Anniversary General Chairmen, who will be retaste all those wines presenting a large range in scores and all those wines scored 90 points only. New judges and general chairmen will be invited to the competition each year, making for a dynamic set of invited judges that will not be the same year to year.
The entire competition is overseen by Stevie Kim, Managing Director of Vinitaly International and Ian D’Agata, Scientific Director of the Vinitaly International Academy, who will be on hand to address queries and help resolve differing viewpoints on any of the wines.
Registration and delivery of samples opens on 1 February and closes on 18 March 2016. More information is available on the Vinitaly website at http://vinitaly.com/en/exhibitor-area/vinitaly-international-competitions/5-Star-Wines/
Judge list
Chief Content Officer:

Stevie Kim, Managing Director, Vinitaly International

Chief Technical Officer:    

Ian D'Agata, Scientific Director, Vinitaly International Acadamy

50th Anniversary General Chairmen:

Paolo Basso, Association Sommelerie Internationale, World’s Best Sommelier 2013
Bernard Burtschy, Chief, Le Figaro Vin
Robert Joseph, Editor at Large, Meininger's Wine Business International
Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW, Master of Wine

Panel Chairmen:

Stephen Brook, Decanter Contributing Editor
Charles Curtis MW, Master of Wine
Vincenzo Donatiello, Head Sommielier, Piazza Duomo - Three Michelin Star Restaurant
Abi Duhr, Leading Luxembourg wine writer, wine producer and journalist for VINO
Andy Howard MW, Master of Wine (Ex Chief Buyer, Marks&Spencer)
Kathy Morgan MS, Master Sommelier (Independent Wine Consultant)
Monty Waldin, Decanter (and Author of 13 books and Guides on Natural Wines)
Yang Lu, VIA Wine Ambassador, Corporate/Group Wine Director, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts
Barabara Philip MW, Master of Wine (Category Manager for European Wines, British Columbia Liquor Stores)
Marcia Waters MW, Master of Wine
Giuseppe Palmieri, Head Sommelier, La Francescana - Three Michelin Star Restaurant and Owner, GLOCAL
Sebastian Payne MW, Master of Wine (and Chief Buyer, The Wine Society)
Fabricio Portelli, Leading Argentinian Wine Writer
Igor Ryjenkov MW, Master of Wine (Category Manager, European Wine Portfolio, Liquor Control Board of Ontario)
Bruce Wallner, Master of Sommelier (and Owner, Sommelier Factory)

Senior Judges :

Franco Bernabei, Winemaker
Alessandro Bocchetti    Chief Coordinator, E'Abruzzo Wine Consortium and Owner, La Reserve Hotel & Spa
Maurizio Castelli, Winemaker
Pierluigi Cocchini, ARSIA Molise Executive (in charge of Molise, Slowine Guide)
Massimo Claudio Comparini, Chairman, EarthLab Precision Agriculture and Viticulture (Head of the Best Italian Wines Guide)
Riccardo Cotarella, Winemaker
Luca d’Attoma, Winemaker
Laura De Pasquale MS, Master Sommellier and Vice President and General Manager, Stacole Fine Wines
Emiliano Falsini, Winemaker
Michael Garner, Author, Winewriter
Robin Kick MW, Master of Wine (Independent Wine Consultant)
Lorenzo Landi, Winemaker
Shelley Lindgren, Owner and Wine Director, A16 and SPQR Restaurants
Giorgio Melandri, General Manager, Enologica (In charge Emilia Romagna, GR wine guide)
Luca Panunzio, Owner, Locanda Manthoné and Bollicine e Dolcezze (Head Abruzzo, AIS wine Guide)
AttilioPagli, Winemaker
Giampaolo Paterlini, Owner, Acquerello - Specialising in Italian wines
Janna Rijpmaa, Multiple Wine Book Author and Owner, Ennovision International Media Company
Luzia Schrampf, VIA Wine Ambassador, Wine Columnist, Der Standard
Fongyee Walker, Senior Wine Consultant, Dragon Phoenix Wine Consulting


Gurvinder Bhatia, VIA Wine Ambassador, Editor, Quench Magazine
Andrea Briccarello, Head sommelier, One Michelin Star Galvin’s Restaurant London
Geralyn Brostrom, VIA Wine Expert, Owner, Italian Wine Central
Johan Castaing, Chief, Anthocyanes Magazine
René Chazottes MS, Master Sommelier and Wine Director, Pacific Club
Diego Dequigiovanni, Head Sommelier, One Michelin Star Del Cambio Restaurant
Alessandra Fedi, WSET Educator
Lingzi He, VIA Wine Expert, Wine Writer and Assistant Director, winecult.com
Michele Longo Director, Winecult.com (Co-curator Italian Best Wines Guide)
Tommaso Mascolo, Head Sommelier, One Michelin Star Indaco Restaurant
Michaela Morris, VIA Wine Expert, Wine Writer, British Columbia Wine Stores Staff
Emily O’Hare, VIA Wine Ambassador, Wine Writer and Sommelier, One Michelin Star River Café Restaurant
Will Predhomme, Wine writer, Professional Sommelier and Owner, Predhomme Consulting
James Teng, Head Sommelier, Hakkasan Shangai
Pascal Tinar, Head sommelier, One Michelin star Villa Maiella Restaurant

Junior Judges:    

Nikolay Chashchinov, VIA Wine Ambassador, Cofounder, Director and Teacher, Millesime Wine School
Alexandra Corvo, VIA Wine Ambassador, Owner and Wine Instructor, Ciclo das Vinhas
Brie Dema, Sommelier at Langdon Hall Country House Hotel and Spa
Veronika Denisova,VIA Wine Ambassador, Deputy Director, Sommelier School Enotria
Jeremy Ennis, Sommelier at Savoury, Westin Harbour Castle
Vanessa Green, Managing Director, Crimson Cartwheel
Kara Maisano, VIA Wine Ambassador, Sommelier & Wine Director, Masani Italian Dining & Terrace
Claire Nam, VIA Wine Ambassador, Wine Communicator, Blic Wine
Livia Re, Freelance Wine Writer
Richard Sagala, VIA Wine Ambassador, PDG / CEO, École In Vino Veritas
JC Veins, VIA Wine Ambassador, Deputy Wine Editor, Spirito di Vino Asia
Wai Xin, Chan     VIA Wine Ambassador, Wine Communicator, winexine.sg
Oliver Zhou, VIA Wine Ambassador, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Vinehoo.com


Alice Feiring, FreeWine Wine Without Walls Chair, Wine Journalist and Author
Pietro Vergano, Consorzio Restaurant, Turin
Diego Sorba, Il Tabarro, Parma
Doug Wregg, Les Caves de Pyrene, London
Pascaline Lepeltier, Master Sommelier and Beverage Director of Rouge Tomate

Veronafiere is the leading organizer of trade shows in Italy including Vinitaly (http://www.vinitaly.com), the largest wine and spirits fair in the world. During its 49th edition Vinitaly counted some 4,000 exhibitors on a 100,000 square meter area and 150,000 visitors including 2,600 journalists from 46 different countries. The next edition of the fair will take place on 10 - 13 April 2016. The premier event to Vinitaly, OperaWine (http://www.vinitalyinternational.com) “Finest Italian Wines: 100 Great Producers,” will unite international wine professionals on April 9th in the heart of Verona, offering them the unique opportunity to discover and taste the wines of the 100 Best Italian Producers, as selected by Wine Spectator. Since 1998 Vinitaly International travels to several countries such as Russia, China, USA and Hong Kong thanks to its strategic arm abroad, Vinitaly International. In February 2014 Vinitaly International launched an educational project, the Vinitaly International Academy (VIA) with the aim of divulging and broadcasting the excellence and diversity of Italian wine around the globe. VIA has now also organized its very first Certification Course with the aim of creating new Ambassadors of Italian Wine in the World.


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