Tasters Guild Announces the Medal Winners of its
28th Annual International Wine Judging

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Tasters Guild International, a Wine and Food Appreciation Society based in Grand Rapids, Michigan with administrative offices in Washington D.C., has announced the results of its Twenty-Eight Annual International Wine Judging held at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education in Grand Rapids. 

Thirty experienced judges from around the country completed over 1,600 evaluations of wine from 7 countries and 32 states/provinces on April 30 – May 2, 2015. The judging panels were comprised of a carefully selected mix of retailers, winemakers, wine writers, restaurateurs, wine educators and experienced consumers. As part of the total wine evaluation process, nearly 35% of the wines entered were randomly chosen for reevaluation to verify the accuracy and fairness of medal consideration.

"By sponsoring this wine judging event, it is the objective of Tasters Guild to give the consumer a reference point in choosing quality wine values," explains Tasters Guild President, Joe Borrello. "Tasters Guild recommends any wine judging results or tasting evaluations be used only as an informational guide for consumers in establishing personal preferences. However, with our reevaluation procedure, we take extra precaution to appraise the wines as accurately as possible." 

Of special interest this year was the expansion of grape and fruit varieties utilized by winemakers to create their wine, which led Borrello to comment, "An extensive variety of vinifera, hybrid, lambrusca and fruit other than grape all came together from all over the world with superior quality wines beyond the conventional wine varieties. Wineries are growing and processing the best quality fruit for their particular region and continue to create new, delicious and exceptional wines for the consuming public.” 

The 2015 Gold Medal Champion trophy went to The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey in Canon City, Colorado. The Holy Cross Abbey label garnered more Gold and Double Gold medal points than any winery in the competition. At its annual Awards Banquet during the judging, Tasters Guild proudly honored E.& J. Gallo Winery Portfolio of Brands as its 2014 selection for “Winery of the Year.” The winery was singled out for it’s “ongoing support of consumer education and promotion of wine and food appreciation.” Also recognized, as “Chapter of the Year,” was the Central Maryland Chapter with Dottie Wayne and Larry Elletson, Chapter Directors. “Affiliate of the Year” was presented to Alliance Beverage Distributing of Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

TASTERS GUILD is a society of wine and food lovers consisting of over twenty chapters that provide active and ongoing wine and food events. In support of these local chapters, there is an extensive network of retail wine/specialty food shops, restaurants, hotels, wineries, importers and distributors who provide easy access to quality wines and food for Tasters Guild members. 

A complete database search of medal winners from the judging is available on the Tasters Guild website at For printed copies of the medal results or specific breakout reports and for Guild information and/or interviews, contact:

Joe Borrello, President

Tasters Guild, A Wine and Food Appreciation Society
1515 Michigan, NE • Grand Rapids, MI 49503 • (616) 454-7815 • Fax: (616) 459-9969
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