With this celebratory spirit in mind, the inaugural Santé Magazine International Wine & Spirits Competition was held on September 29, 2021.
Experienced judges from all sectors of the wine industry tasted over 500 wines and nearly 100 spirits over the course of the two-day event. They selected the Best of Show for the red, white, rosé, and sparkling wine categories during the wine competition. The spirits competition resulted in not one, but two entrants receiving perfect 100-point scores.
“For a first-year competition, not only were we very pleased with the number of entries, but more importantly, so impressed with the quality of the wines and spirits that were submitted. It’s a testament to the reputation of Santé Magazine, their sphere of influence in the restaurant and hospitality sectors and the level of awareness they can generate for winning producers. We’re looking forward closely with Santé to growing this competition over the years ahead” according to Debra Del Fiorentino, Founder, Wine & Spirits Competitions & Management.
Inaugural 2021 Santé International Wine & Spirit best-of-Show winners are as follows.
Best of Show Red: Ehret Family Winery, 2017 Hillside Reserve Red Wine (Bordeaux Blend
Best of Show White: Ehret Family Winery 2020 Sauvignon Blanc
Best of Show Rosé: 2Hawk Vineyard & Winery 2019 Grenache Rose
Best of Show Sparkling Wine: Sire Spirits Le Chemin Du Roi NV Brut
Best of Show (100 points): Branson Cognac, XO
Best Whiskey (100 points): Shinju
Best Gin: Tiger Gin
Best Liqueur: Rivulet Artisan, Pecan Liqueur
Best Tequila: Highland Collection, Reposad
Best Vodka: Royal Mash, Vintage 2020
“For twenty-five years, Santé Magazine has been a champion for casual-upscale to upscale restaurateurs and the wine, spirit, and food producers that contribute to their excellence,” says publisher Emiliano De Laurentis. “This year we expanded our awards program by partnering with Wine & Spirit Competitions Management to manage the Santé Wine & Spirits Competition. We are pleased with the results. It has allowed us to reach and celebrate more producers. Congratulations to all the entrants and winners. You are amongst the best.”
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