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.

2020 Amateur Winemakers Competition Results

BEST OF SHOW
Kathleen Ondrus ● 2019 Peach Blueberry

GOLD
James Burns ● 2019 Chocolate Port
Chuck Gower & Cheryl DiPanfilo ● 2018 Red Blend
Neil Jaquet ● 2019 Maison Jaquet White
Kathleen Ondrus ● 2019 Muscat Canelli
Kathleen Ondrus ● 2019 Cabernet Franc
Kathleen Ondrus ● 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon
Kathleen Ondrus ● 2019 Peach Blueberry
Chris and D Scott ●2019 Black Raspberry
Chris and D Scott ● 2019 Chocolate Raspberry Port

SILVER
Dan and Janine Balsamo ● 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon
Jordan Dickard ● 2019 Tectonic Red Blend
Chuck Gower & Cheryl Dipanfilo ● 2017 Zinfandel
Michael Jackson ● 2019 Carignan
Kathleen Ondrus ● 2019 Sauvignon Blanc
Kathleen Ondrus ● 2019 Malbec
Kathleen Ondrus ● 2019 Marechal Foch
Kathleen Ondrus ● 2019 Crimson Cabernet
Kathleen Ondrus ● 2018 Merlot
Kathleen Ondrus ● 2019 Peach Raspberry
Ivan Schlutz ● 2019 Louisa
Chris and D Scott ● 2019 Peach Chardonnay
Rob and Jayne Scribner ● 2019 Tempranillo
Timothy Valdez ● 2018 Hurricane Dorian Viognier
Timothy Valdez ● 2018 Meforic Rising Sangiovese
Timothy Valdez ● 2018 Peach

BRONZE
Dan and Janine Balsamo ● 2019 Old Vine Zinfandel
Dan and Janine Balsamo ● 2018 Mixed Black
Dan and Janine Balsamo ● 2019 Mixed Black
Andrew Boal ● 2019 Peach Port
Andrew Boal ● 2019 Chocolate Peach Port
Andrew Boal ● 2019 Toasted Oak Peach Port
Andrew Boal ● 2019 Untoasted Oak Peach Port
Andrew Boal ● 2019 Strawberry Port
Andrew Boal ● 2019 Chocolate Strawberry Port
Andrew Boal ● 2019 Untoasted Oak Strawberry Port
Andrew Boal ● 2019 Plum Port
Andrew Boal ● 2019 Chocolate Plum Port
Andrew Boal ● 2019 Untoasted Oak Plum Port
Andrew Boal ● 2019 Toasted Oak Plum Port
James Burns ● 2020 Bing Cherry Rose’
Paul and Rachel Carpenter ● 2019 Black Current
Jesse Fabula ● 2018 North Mesa Red
Ronald Faleide ● 2018 California Zinfandel
Ronald Faleide ● 2018 Dry Creek Merlot
Ronald Faleide ● 2017 California Merlot
Ronald Faleide ● 2018 California Old Vine Zinfandel
Ronald Faleide ● 2017 Italian Super Tuscan
Ronald Faleide ● 2018 California Pinot Noir
Chuck Gower & Cheryl DiPanfilo ● 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon

BRONZE (continued)
Chuck Gower & Cheryl DiPanfilo ● 2017 Cabernet Blend
Chuck Gower & Cheryl DiPanfilo ● 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon
Chuck Gower & Cheryl DiPanfilo ● 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Chuck Gower & Cheryl DiPanfilo ● 2019 Zinfandel
Chuck Gower & Cheryl DiPanfilo ● 2018 Pinot Noir
Michael Jackson ● 2019 Syrah – Petite Syrah
Michael Jackson ● 2019 Petite Syrah
Michael Jackson ● 2019 Syrah
Michael Jackson ● 2019 Grenache
Neil Jaquet ● 2018 Maison Jaquet Cabernet Sauvignon
Chris Kinsky ● 2016 Harvard Valley Port-Style
Chris Kinsky ● 2019 Sugar Ray Rose’
Donelson Lawry ● 2018 Cabernet Franc
Donelson Lawry ● 2018 Cabernet Franc/Merlot
Donelson Lawry ● 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon
Donelson Lawry ● 2018 Tsilkovsky Shiraz
Doug Neam ● 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
Doug Neam ● 2017 Cabernet Franc
Doug Neam ● 2017 Merlot
Doug Neam ● 2017 Chubby Dog Red
Toni Nurnberg ● 2020 Barbera Cherry
Kathleen Ondrus ● 2019 Petite Syrah
Kathleen Ondrus ● 2019 Albariño
Kathleen Ondrus ● 2019 White Merlot
Kathleen Ondrus ● 2019 Brianna
Kathleen Ondrus ● 2019 Muscat Canelli Ice Style Wine
Kathleen Ondrus ● 2019 Cherry
Kathleen Ondrus ● 2019 Traminette Albariño
Jason Petermen ● 2016 Tempranillo
Chuck Price ● 2019 Riesling
Bob Roukema ● 2019 Rockycrest Cab Franc Merlot
Bob Roukema ● 2019 Rockycrest Merlot
Ivan Schlutz ● 2019 Louisa X
Chris and D Scott ● 2019 Cherry Blueberry
Chris and D Scott ● 2019 Sauvignon Blanc
David Sterle ● 2019 Syrah
Daniel Sueltz ● 2018 8020 Franz
Daniel Sueltz ● 2018 Amerifranc
Daniel Sueltz ● 2018 Slope Twins
Daniel Sueltz ● 2018 Sideways
Daniel Sueltz ● 2018 Tres Amigos
Timothy Valdez ● 2019 Terra Alta Grenache Blanc
Timothy Valdez ● 2019 Gelego Albariño

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