About the Competition

CAVE’s Amateur Winemakers Competition is held every year to encourage amateur winemakers and is open to any amateur home winemaker. The Competition will be run by Monty Haltiner. Monty has over 20 years of experience in the adult beverage industry in Colorado. He became a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers in 2007. From 2010 to 2011, he served as a retail representative of the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board, appointed by Governor Bill Ritter. He has volunteered to run the Wine Aroma Wheel at the Colorado Mountain Festival and has judged amateur and professional wine competitions for several years. Monty has been a CAVE Board member since 2015.

Judging is done by blind tasting. Entrants will receive written comments from judges. An Awards Presentation will be held in conjunction with the VinCO Conference and Trade Show (VinCO Registration is not included with competition entry) Amateur winemakers and their guests are invited to attend the Reception, panel discussion, and luncheon free of charge.

2019 Amateur Winemakers Competition Results

BEST OF SHOW
Kathleen Ondrus ● 2018 Brianna

GOLD
Lars Eriksson ● 2017 Five
Jesse Fabula ● 2017 Dry Riesling
Doug Neam ● 2016 Tarah’s Twisted Merlot
Kathleen Ondrus ● 2018 Muscat Canelli
Kathleen Ondrus ● 2018 Brianna
Chris and D Scott ● 2018 Muscat Canelli
Daniel Sueltz ● 2017 SyrZin

SILVER
Tobin Bereznak ● 2018 Cab Franc
Chuck Gower & Cheryl Dipanfilo ● 2017 Red Blend
Check Gower & Cheryl DiPanfilo ● 2018 Red Blend
Stephen Crawford ● 2017 Petite Syrah
Stephen Crawford ● 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Lars Eriksson ● 2017 36 Syrah
Lars Eriksson ● 2017 32 Cabernet Sauvignon
Daniel Kauffman ● 2018 Petite Sirah
Dwight Kinnes ● 2017 Grand Valley Syrah
Lee Lanoue ● 2018 New York Muscat
Lee Lanoue ● 2018 Fochtastic
Doug Neam ● 2016 Anna’s Syrah
Doug Neam ● 2016 Chubby Dog Red
Doug Neam ● 2016 Leah’s Legal Limit Cabernet Franc
Richard Nunamaker ● 2012 Pinot Noir
Kathleen Ondrus ● 2018 Semillon
Kathleen Ondrus ● 2018 Chardonnay
Kathleen Ondrus ● 2018 Semillon Ice Wine
Kathleen Ondrus ● 2018 Brianna Sweet
Kathleen Ondrus ● 2018 Savignon Blanc Ice Wine
Kathleen Ondrus ● 2018 NY Black Muscat Ice Wine
Kathleen Ondrus ● 2018 Muscat Canelli Ice Wine
Kathleen Ondrus ● 2018 Crimson Cabernet
Kathleen Ondrus ● 2018 Petite Sirah
Matthew Schwartz ● 2017 Vin De Pays
Matthew Schwartz ● 2017 Italian Blend
Matthew Schwartz ● 2017 Bordeaux Blend
Matthew Schwartz ● 2017 Cabernet Blend
Chris and D Scott ● 2018 Apricot Raspberry
Rob and Jayne Scribner ● 2018 Tempranillo

BRONZE
Ron and Al Berger ● 2016 Primitivo
James Burns ● 2018 Niagra
James Burns ● 2014 Cabernet
James Burns ● 2018 Concord
Kent and Kathy Carson ● 2016 FinnLily Marquette
Chuck Gower & Cheryl DiPanfilo ● 2018 Pinot Noir
Chuck Gower & Cheryl DiPanfilo ● 2017 Zinfandel
Chuck Gower & Cheryl DiPanfilo ● 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Chuck Gower & Cheryl DiPanfilo ● 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon 80/20
Chuck Gower & Cheryl DiPanfilo ● 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
Chuck Gower & Cheryl DiPanfilo ● 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon
Rose Ericson ● 2018 Maple Mead
Rose Ericson ● 2018 Mulberry Mead
Ronald Faleide ● 2017 Bordeaux Blend
Richard & Beverly Giadone ● 2016 Apple
Neil Jaquet ● 2018 Rose’
Daniel Kauffman ● 2018 Pinot Noir
Daniel Kauffman ● 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon
Lee Lanoue ● 2018 50/50
John McPhaul ● 2017 Red Blend
Doug Neam ● 2016 Cabernet Sauvigon
Richard Nunamaker ● 2016 Rkatsiteli
Richard Nunamaker ● 2018 Pinot Gris
Kathleen Ondrus ● 2018 Gewurztraminer
Kathleen Ondrus ● 2018 Sauvignon Blanc
Kathleen Ondrus ● 2018 Gewurztraminer Ice Wine
Kathleen Ondrus ● 2018 Brianna Ice Wine
Kathleen Ondrus ● 2018 NY Black Muscat
Kathleen Ondrus ● 2018 Zinfandel
Ivan Schlutz ● 2018 Spanish Lullaby
Matthew Schwartz ● 2017 Syrah Blend
Matthew Schwartz ● 2017 Merlot Blend
Chris and D Scott ● 2018 Chardonnay
Chris and D Scott ● 2017 Petite Syrah
Rob and Jayne Scribner ● 2018 Riesling
Rob and Jayne Scribner ● 2018 Syrah
Rob and Jayne Scribner ● 2018 Malbec #2
Cheri Stephen ● 2018 Dry Riesling
Daniel Sueltz ● 2017 ZZ Temp
Daniel Sueltz ● 2017 Bodacious

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