2015 Ultimate Beverage Challenge Champagne Awards

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Michael Hepworth

 

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HOLLYWOOD(Perfect Champagne Wine Maison)7/8/15/–Ultimate Beverage Challenge (UBC) provides expert evaluation of wines and spirits for producers, importers and marketers through its two innovative annual competitions: Ultimate Spirits Challenge andUltimate Wine Challenge.UBC partners are F. Paul Pacult, Sue Woodley and David Talbot. Past Challenge results, photos, entry forms and more information can be found at www.ultimate-beverage.com.

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This remarkable group of judges scored wines using UWC’s innovative multi-round judging system and the consumer-friendly 100-point rating scale. In addition to F. Paul Pacult, UWC’s judges included: Christy Canterbury, Master of Wine and journalist; James Conley, buyer and sommelier; Tim Gagnon, buyer; Gregg Glaser,writer and consultant; Jason Hedges, buyer and sommelier; Chris Johnson, sake sommelier and educator; John McClement,buyer;Tess Rose Lampert, educator; Patricia Savoie, writer; Rick Schofield, CWE and consultant; Francis Schott, restaurateur and buyer and Tara Q. Thomas, writer and editor.

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CHAMPAGNE/SPARKLING WINES

Champagne – France

AWARD SCORE PRODUCT ACCOLADE
Chairman’s Trophy 96 Champagne Marion-Bosser Premier Cru Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne (France), $51.99  FULL RESULTS Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting Note
Great Value
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Finalist 93 Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut Rose Epernay (France), $55.00  FULL RESULTS Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting Note
Great Value
Tried & True
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Finalist 92 Champagne Marion-Bosser Brut Tradition Champagne (France), $45.99  FULL RESULTS Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting Note
Great Value
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Finalist 92 Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut Epernay (France), $41.00  FULL RESULTS Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting Note
Great Value
Tried & True
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Finalist 92 Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage Brut Rose 2006 Epernay (France), $65.00  FULL RESULTS Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting Note
Tried & True
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91 Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage Brut 2006 Epernay (France), $60.00  FULL RESULTS Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting Note
Tried & True
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88 Champagne Marion-Bosser Premier Cru Brut Rosé Champagne (France), $54.99  FULL RESULTS Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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CHAMPAGNE/SPARKLING WINES

Cava – Spain

AWARD SCORE PRODUCT ACCOLADE
Chairman’s Trophy 94 Poema Brut Rosado Cava (Spain), $12.99  FULL RESULTS Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting Note
Great Value
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Finalist 93 Marques de la Concordia Millesime Reserva de la Familia Rose Brut Cava (Spain), $13.99  FULL RESULTS Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting Note
Great Value
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Finalist 93 Marques de la Concordia Seleccion Especial Brut 2012 Cava (Spain), $11.99  FULL RESULTS Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting Note
Great Value
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91 Marques de la Concordia Millesime Reserva de Familia Brut 2009 Cava (Spain), $13.99  FULL RESULTS Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting Note
Great Value
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88 Marques de la Concordia Seleccion Especial Rose Brut 2012 Cava (Spain), $11.99  FULL RESULTS Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting Note
Great Value
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84 Juve y Camps Reserva de la Familia Brut Nature 2010 Cava (Spain), $16.00  FULL RESULTS Good,
Recommended
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83 Poema Cava Brut Penedes DO (Spain), $12.99  FULL RESULTS Good,
Recommended
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CHAMPAGNE/SPARKLING WINES

Prosecco – Italy

AWARD SCORE PRODUCT ACCOLADE
Chairman’s Trophy 95 Tenuta Ca’Bolani Prosecco Cervignano del Friuli (Italy), $18.99  FULL RESULTS Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting Note
Great Value
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Finalist 93 Zonin Prosecco Veneto (Italy), $14.99  FULL RESULTS Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting Note
Great Value
Tried & True
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Finalist 92 Avissi Prosecco Veneto (Italy), $13.00  FULL RESULTS Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting Note
Great Value
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91 Astoria Prosecco Treviso (Italy), $13.99  FULL RESULTS Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting Note
Great Value
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91 Corte Giona Extra Dry Prosecco (Italy), $15.99  FULL RESULTS Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting Note
Great Value
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91 Zardeto 2013 Prosecco di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene (Italy), $26.00  FULL RESULTS Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting Note
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90 Menage a Trois Prosecco Veneto (Italy), $14.00  FULL RESULTS Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting Note
Great Value
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90 Zardetto Brut Treviso Prosecco (Italy), $16.00  FULL RESULTS Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting Note
Great Value
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89 Cupcake Prosecco Italy (Italy), $14.00  FULL RESULTS Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting Note
Great Value
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89 La Gioiosa Valdobbiadene Superiore di Cartizze Spumante Veneto (Italy), $n/a  FULL RESULTS Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting Note
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86 Barefoot Bubbly Prosecco Italy (Italy), $9.99  FULL RESULTS Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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86 La Marca Prosecco Veneto (Italy), $17.00  FULL RESULTS Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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86 Tenute Salvaterra Extra Dry Prosecco (Italy), $19.99  FULL RESULTS Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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85 La Gioiosa Treviso Prosecco (Italy), $13.99  FULL RESULTS Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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83 Caposaldo Prosecco Veneto (Italy), $15.99  FULL RESULTS Good,
Recommended
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83 La Gioiosa Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore (Italy), $18.99  FULL RESULTS Good,
Recommended
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CHAMPAGNE/SPARKLING WINES

Asti/Moscato d’Asti – Italy

AWARD SCORE PRODUCT ACCOLADE
88 Cupcake 2014 Moscato d’Asti (Italy), $14.00  FULL RESULTS Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting Note
Great Value
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86 Tosti Asti Piedmont (Italy), $12.99  FULL RESULTS Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting Note
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84 Bulgarini “Stelle di Lugana” Spumante Brut Turbiana 2012 Lugana (Italy), €13.00 ,seeking US Importer FULL RESULTS Good,
Recommended
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82 Tosti Moscato d’Asti 2014 Piedmont (Italy), $13.99  FULL RESULTS Good,
Recommended
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CHAMPAGNE/SPARKLING WINES

Sparkling Red Wines – World

AWARD SCORE PRODUCT ACCOLADE
88 Yellow Tail Sangria Bubbles Yenda (Australia), $11.99  FULL RESULTS Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting Note
Great Value
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85 Four Secrets Stellenbosch Vineyards Sparkling Shiraz Stellenbosch (South Africa), $17.99  FULL RESULTS Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting Note
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CHAMPAGNE/SPARKLING WINES

Sparkling – USA

AWARD SCORE PRODUCT ACCOLADE
Chairman’s Trophy 95 Domaine Carneros by Taittinger Le Reve 2008 Carneros (United States), $105.00  FULL RESULTS Extraordinary,
Ultimate Recommendation
Tasting Note
Tried & True
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Finalist 93 Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut Sonoma County (United States), $22.00  FULL RESULTS Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting Note
Great Value
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Finalist 92 Chateau Frank Brut 2008 Finger Lakes (United States), $24.99  FULL RESULTS Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting Note
Great Value
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91 Chateau Frank Blanc de Noirs 2009 Finger Lakes (United States), $29.99  FULL RESULTS Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting Note
Tried & True
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90 Barefoot Bubbly Red Moscato California (United States), $9.90  FULL RESULTS Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting Note
Great Value
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90 Chateau Frank Blanc de Blancs 2009 Finger Lakes (United States), $29.99  FULL RESULTS Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting Note
Tried & True
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90 Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs Sonoma County (United States), $22.00  FULL RESULTS Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting Note
Great Value
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89 Chronic Cellars Spritz & Giggles California (United States), $17.99  FULL RESULTS Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting Note
Great Value
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87 Barefoot Bubbly Pink Moscato California (United States), $9.99  FULL RESULTS Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting Note
Great Value
Tried & True
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87 Pink Zebra Pink Sparkling 2013 California (United States), $10.99  FULL RESULTS Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting Note
Great Value
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87 Westport Winery Carbonated Moscato 2012 Snipes Mountain (United States), $25.00  FULL RESULTS Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting Note
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86 Barefoot Bubbly Moscato Spumante California (United States), $9.99  FULL RESULTS Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting Note
Tried & True
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86 Michelle Brut Rose Columbia Valley (United States), $14.00  FULL RESULTS Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting Note
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86 Michelle Brut Columbia Valley (United States), $14.00  FULL RESULTS Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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86 Sutter Home Sparkling Wine California (United States), $12.00  FULL RESULTS Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting Note
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85 Barefoot Bubbly Brut Cuvee California (United States), $9.99  FULL RESULTS Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting Note
Tried & True
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85 Gloria Ferrer Royal Cuvee 2006 Carneros (United States), $37.00  FULL RESULTS Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting Note
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84 Barefoot Bubbly Extra Dry California (United States), $9.99  FULL RESULTS Good,
Recommended
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84 Villa Bellezza Brillante Sparkling Wine Upper Mississippi River Valley (United States), $25.00  FULL RESULTS Good,
Recommended
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82 Barefoot Bubbly Pinot Grigio California (United States), $9.99  FULL RESULTS Good,
Recommended
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81 Barefoot Bubbly Tropical Fusion California (United States), $9.99  FULL RESULTS Good,
Recommended
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81 Barefoot Bubbly Citrus Fusion California (United States), $9.99  FULL RESULTS Good,
Recommended
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80 Barefoot Bubbly Peach Fusion California (United States), $9.99  FULL RESULTS Good,
Recommended
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80 Barefoot Bubbly Berry Fusion California (United States), $9.99  FULL RESULTS Good,
Recommended
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CHAMPAGNE/SPARKLING WINES

Sparkling – World

AWARD SCORE PRODUCT ACCOLADE
Finalist 91 Patricius Tokaj Furmint Brut Sparkling 2012 Tokaji (Hungary), $n/a  FULL RESULTS Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting Note
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Finalist 91 Rotari Rose Trento (Italy), $14.99  FULL RESULTS Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting Note
Great Value
Tried & True
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Finalist 90 JCB by Jean Charles Boisset No. 21 Cremant de Bourgogne (France), $25.00  FULL RESULTS Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting Note
Tried & True
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Finalist 90 Vinkara Yasasin 2013 Ankara (Turkey), $n/a  FULL RESULTS Excellent,
Highly Recommended
Tasting Note
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88 Cote Mas Cremant de Limoux (France), $17.99  FULL RESULTS Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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88 SYN Cuvee Blanc McLaren Vale (Australia), AUDn/a ,seeking US Importer FULL RESULTS Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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87 JCB by Jean Charles Boisset No. 69 Sparkling Rose Burgundy (France), $25.00  FULL RESULTS Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
Tasting Note
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85 Szigeti Brut Gruner Veltliner Neusiedlersee (Austria), $22.00  FULL RESULTS Very Good,
Strong Recommendation
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84 Jost Vineyards Selkie Frizzante Nova Scotia (Canada), CAD19.99 ,seeking US Importer FULL RESULTS Good,
Recommended
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84 Schlumberger Brut Classic 2012 Niederösterreich (Austria), $17.99  FULL RESULTS Good,
Recommended
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84 Tosti Pinot Noir 2008 Alta Langa (Italy), $49.99  FULL RESULTS Good,
Recommended
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83 Alexander Sparkling Wine with Gold Flakes Drasenhofen (Austria), $34.99  FULL RESULTS Good,
Recommended
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83 Chateau Leoube Sparkling de Leoube Provence (France), $38.00  FULL RESULTS Good,
Recommended
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81 Shabo Gold 2013 Odessa (Ukraine), UAH60.00 , seeking US Importer  FULL RESULTS Good,
Recommended
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