2016 Wine Competition Winners Available to Sample at the 20th Anniversary WVIZ/PBS Grand Tastings and Seminars

Nov. 2, 2016 (CLEVELAND) – While the city and country await Wednesday’s World Series game to find out the fate of the Cleveland Indians, ideastream is proud to announce winners of a different kind. The 2016 Wine Competition dictates which wines will don double-gold, gold, silver and bronze medals at the 20th Anniversary WVIZ/PBS Grand Tastings on Nov. 11 and 12 at the Terrace Club at Progressive Field.

During the wine judging, 12 judges tasted more than 130 wines and judged them by appearance, aroma, taste/texture, aftertaste and overall impression. The judging team featured local retailers and restaurateurs and educated wine-savvy volunteers who are currently taking or have taken sommelier classes. The top three wines in each category (with a minimum score of 15 points) were awarded a gold, silver or bronze medal. Double gold medals went to wines with the highest scores overall. The Double-Gold and Gold medal winners are:

Double Gold

  • Clean Slate Riesling 2015 [Double gold highest score]
  • Benziger Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
  • Château Calon Montagne-Saint-Émilion 2011
  • Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay 2014
  • Truchard Chardonnay Carneros 2014


  • 13 Celsius Sauvignon Blanc 2015
  • Agricola Tamburini Brunello Di Montalcino 2010
  • Bogle Phantom 2013
  • Brancott Sauvignon Blanc 2015
  • Decoy Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma 2015
  • Hammeken Cellars Tosalet Priorat 2013
  • Luigi Righetti Amarone 2012
  • Meiomi Chardonnay 2014
  • Mer Soleil Reserve Chardonnay SLH 2014
  • Mumm Napa Brut Rosé NV
  • Sassoregale Sangiovese 2013
  • Stags’ Leap Petite Sirah 2013
  • Sterling Merlot Napa Valley 2013
  • Trivento Amado Sur Malbec 2013

All of these medal-winning wines will be available next week at the WVIZ/PBS Grand Tastings and Seminars, presented by Giant Eagle. Giant Eagle offers a selection of these wines in some of their stores across Northeast Ohio.

Tickets to next weekend’s events are still available at wviz.org/wine. Admission to the Grand Tastings, which take place at 7:30 p.m. on both Friday, Nov. 11 and Saturday, Nov. 12, is $75 per ticket. Tickets include access to the tastings, an hors d’oeuvre and dessert buffet, a souvenir wine glass and plate, access to the mobile auction and a complimentary subscription to Wine Spectator. Wine Tasting Seminar times and ticket prices are outlined below. The “Champagne & Sparkling Wine” and “Fun in Tuscany” seminars are sold out.

  • ABCs of Wine, Saturday, Nov. 12, 1-2 p.m. ($40/person) 
  • A Taste of Rosé, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2-3 p.m. ($40/person)
  • Which Glass and Why by Riedel, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2-3 p.m. ($75/person)
  • Bordeaux, Saturday, Nov. 12, 3-4 p.m. ($100/person)

New this year are Super Passes, which are packages that include two tickets to a Wine Tasting Seminar and two tickets to the Grand Tasting that evening, Saturday, Nov. 12, as well as two tickets for a Connoisseur Table tasting, which features some of the most outstanding vintages and varietals in the world.

In addition to Giant Eagle as the presenting sponsor of the WVIZ/PBS Grand Tastings and Seminars, United Airlines joins the event as the exclusive airline partner, as well as supporting sponsor. Additional sponsors include Miceli Dairy Products Company, the Cleveland Indians, Westfield Insurance, TheWineBuzz, Cleveland Magazine and WMJI Majic 105.7 FM. All proceeds benefit WVIZ/PBS programming and public service.



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