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Wine Enthusiast

November 11, 2014 14:08 ET

Announcing Wine Enthusiast's 2014 Wine Star Award Winners

The Leading Magazine in Wine Lifestyle Names This Year's Luminaries of the Wine Industry and Reveals a New Category

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - November 11, 2014) - Each year since 2000, the editors of Wine Enthusiast have honored individuals whose vision has impacted the wine and spirits industries with our Wine Star Awards. Over the years, we've showcased individuals and companies worldwide, each of them representing varied mindsets, origins, generations and business approaches. Our winners -- past and present -- are notable for their energy and groundbreaking vision, coupled with the courage to take risks and the skill to succeed. 

In this, our 15th year of the awards program, we've added a category to highlight an exciting and emerging category of beverage culture: Brewery of the Year. Our winner pioneered the business of craft brewing and put beer on the connoisseur's radar. This year we're also tipping our hats to an Innovator/Executive of the Year whose environmental stewardship has set an example in the global wine world.

To read in-depth profiles of the Wine Star Award winners, pick up the Best of Year issue of Wine Enthusiast Magazine available on newsstands or digitally at winemag.com. The winners will be honored at the Wine Star Awards Dinner on Monday, January 26, 2015 in New York City. If you would like to join us in celebrating and honoring our 2014 Wine Star Award winners at the New York Public Library, please see information below or contact Jen Cortellini at JCortellini@wineenthusiast.net

And the 2014 winners are....

Person of the Year -- Charles Merinoff

Winemaker of the Year -- Charles Smith

American Winery of the Year -- Jordan Winery

European Winery of the Year -- Château d'Esclans -- Domaines Sacha Lichine -- Whispering Angel

New World Winery of the Year -- Craggy Range

Wine Region of the Year -- New York State

Importer of the Year -- Opici Wines

Retailer of the Year -- Total Wine & More

Sommelier of the Year -- Bobby Stuckey

Spirit Brand of the Year -- Tito's Handmade Vodka

Mixologist of the Year -- Julie Reiner

Brewery of the Year -- Sam Adams

Innovator/Executive of the Year -- Robert D. Torres

Lifetime Achievement -- Anthony Terlato

Wine Star Awards Dinner

The New York Public Library -- The Celeste Bartos Forum
Monday, January 26, 2015

Fifth Avenue at 41st Street, New York City
Black Tie

Reception: 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Dinner & Awards: 7:30 - 11:00 pm

$1,200 per person • Table of 10 -- $10,000 Table of 12 -- $12,000
Space is very limited.

Wine Enthusiast Companies donates the net proceeds from this event to benefit research in the wine and spirits industry with The Wine Market Council, a non-profit organization.

About Wine Enthusiast Magazine: Wine Enthusiast Media is the world leader in the modern wine lifestyle. Published 13 times a year, Wine Enthusiast inspires, educates and entertains its more than 800,000 readers about wine and the joyous lifestyle surrounding it in a beautiful, engaging and accessible way. Both the magazine -- and it's constantly updated Buying Guide with 100,000-plus ratings and reviews -- are also available online. To further promote the wine lifestyle, Wine Enthusiast hosts a series of signature events for both wine lovers and industry leaders. Wine Mag

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