Haley Messner


SommCon’ s Competition Of Domestic and International Spirits Awards

Medals In Partnership with The SOMM Journal

San Diego, CA (November 21, 2019) – SommCon® , a leading conference for wine, beer, and spirit industry professionals, is proud to announce the medal award winners of the inaugural Concours d’Spirits held November 14 at the InterContinental hotel in San Diego, CA.

Silver, Gold, Double Gold, and The SOMM Journal Award of Excellence medals were awarded with this year’s winners including:

Award of Excellence

Chatham Imports | Crop Cucumber Vodka
E. &. J. Gallo Winery | New Amsterdam Gin (Silver) Heritage Distilling Co. | Brown Sugar Bourbon Legends Spirits | Duke Grand Cru Founder’s Reserve Legends Spirits | La Adelita Añejo Tequila

Double Gold Medal

E. &. J. Gallo Winery | E. & J. XO Brandy
E. &. J. Gallo Winery | Familia Camarena Añejo Tequila
Haas Brothers | Panamá-Pacific Rum 23-Year
J.J. Pfister Distilling Company | J.J. Pfister London Dry Capitol Gin Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Spirit Co. | Lyre’s Vermouth Rosso

Gold Medal

Brown Forman Corporation | Slane Irish Whiskey
Chatham Imports | Farmer’s Botanical Small Batch Organic Gin E. &. J. Gallo Winery | E & J VSOP Brandy
E. &. J. Gallo Winery | Argonaut Saloon Strength Brandy
E. &. J. Gallo Winery | Familia Camarena Reposado Tequila

E. &. J. Gallo Winery | High Noon Sun Sips – Grapefruit Haas Brothers | Panamá-Pacific Rum 9-Year

Haas Brothers | ArteNOM Selección de 1579 Blanco Tequila Haas Brothers | Fuenteseca Cosecha Blanco 3-year

MGP Ingredients | George Remus Repeal Reserve Bourbon
MGP Ingredients | Rossville Union Barrel Proof Straight Rye Whiskey

Silver Medal

Chatham Imports | Martí Auténtico Plata Single Estate Rum 3-year Chatham Imports | Martí Auténtico Dorado Single Estate Rum 3-year Duggans Distillers | Asbach Privat Brandy 8-Year
E. &. J. Gallo Winery | Argonaut Fat Thumb Brandy

E. &. J. Gallo Winery | Familia Camarena Silver Tequila
E. &. J. Gallo Winery | High Noon Sun Sips – Pineapple
E. &. J. Gallo Winery | High Noon Sun Sips – Black Cherry
E. &. J. Gallo Winery | New Amsterdam Vodka
E. &. J. Gallo Winery | New Amsterdam Vodka 100 Proof
E. &. J. Gallo Winery | New Amsterdam Original Gin
E. &. J. Gallo Winery | E. & J. VS Brandy
Haas Brothers | Don Amado Resposado Mezcal
Haas Brothers | Tequila Purasangre Blanco Fuerte
Heritage Distilling Co. | Heritage Brown Sugar Bourbon (103 Proof) Legends Spirits | La Adelita Blanco Tequila
Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Spirit Co. | White Cane Spirit
Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Spirit Co. | Triple Sec
Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Spirit Co. | Dry Vermouth

Concours d’Spirits was judged blind by 12 world-renowned palates and leaders within the wine and spirits industry including Eric Entrikin, Master Sommelier and Chair of Concours d’Spirits; Meridith May, Publisher of The Tasting Panel and The SOMM Journal; Erik Segelbaum, Founder and Principal of SOMLAY, LLC; Constantin Alexander, Director of Beverage of Hakkasan Group; Ira Norof, CSE, CWE, and Director of Education of Southern Glazer Wine & Spirits; Maurice DiMarino, Director of Beverage of Cohn Restaurant Group; Joe Spellman, Master Sommelier and Winery Sommelier for JUSTIN Vineyards and Winery; Michael Kim Wolf, Associate Professor of Culinary Institute of America at Greystone; Josh Orr, Master Sommelier and Regional Manager of Broadbent Selections, and Anthony Schmidt, Beverage Director of CH Projects.

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