Departments — 03 April 2015
Meet the finalists for Winemaker-of-the-Year

Cyril Chappellet

The sustainable Cabs produced in the rocky, hillside soil of Chappellet Winery are some of the “most sought-after grapes in Napa,” American Fine Wine Competition President Shari Gherman says.

Bryan Kane

Sommelier Magazine named Bryan Kane among the “Next Generation of Cult Winemakers,” which explains why he makes great wines for so many wineries, including Sol Rouge, Winery SF, Sottomarino and Howell Mountain Vineyards.

Hugo Maldonado

For two years in a row now, Maldonado took Best in Show at AFWC for his Chardonnay. Maldonado Vineyards is also known for his Pinots and a Cab blended with Syrah.

Brooks Painter

While some winemakers find a grape to specialize in, Brooks Painter has been known to put out great wines using dozens of varietals, from single-vineyard Chardonnays to late-harvest wines that, AFWC President Gherman says, “will knock your socks off.”

Dave Phillips

There’s a good chance you’ve had one of Dave Phillips’ wines, with witty names like Lust, Gluttony and Rapture. But his multiple gold medal wins at wine competitions show his work goes far beyond clever labeling.

Rudy von Strasser

The small winery that bares the von Strasser name is a tiny one and relatively new, dating back to 1990. But that hasn’t stopped Rudy von Strasser’s wines, aged in cellars he dug into Diamond Mountain, from receiving worldwide acclaim.

–Eric Barton

Above photo: Brooks Painter

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