Wine Consumer


Who Will You Award the 2014 Wine Consumer Gold Star of Excellence?

Wine Consumer Magazine, Staff

Now that all Wine Person of Excellence awards have been awarded for 2014, we have another award to bring us into 2015: The Wine Consumer Gold Star of Excellence - The best of the best.

Here's your chance to help us choose one person to honor with the Wine Consumer Gold Star of Excellence Award.

Three ways to vote for your choice(s):

-Pick your choice on the Facebook #wineconsumer group poll.

-"Favorite" your choice on the individual Twitter post link.

-"Like" your choice on the Instagram post link.

(voting links provided below next to each nominee)

Everyone will get three different ways to vote for the person or persons you want to win the Gold Star award.

The total votes, favorites and likes will be tallied on December 1st and the person with the most will be given the award.

Voting will take place over the entire month of November and the award will be issued on December 1st.

With 8 amazing wine people to choose from, we can't wait to see who you choose.

Here are your choices:


Jancis Robinson OBE, MW:

She courageously goes where no man has gone before. Her voyages are enterprising epics of wine knowledge which invite every wine consumer along for the journey. She is an oracle of ideas, an atlas of wine appreciation, and a leader of wine-love... She's an international wine person of excellence.


Vote for Jancis on...

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Steve Heimoff, Wine Writer/Critic/Author:

The sheer power of his thoughts are enough to create tsunamis of enological emotion that carry wine passion to every distant shore. His writings are profound, his ideas are powerful and his work is prolific and meaningful. He is one of the most important thinkers in wine.


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Tom Wark, Executive Director, American Wine Consumer Coalition:

Armed with a mission and a vision, he bravely challenges oppressive, anti-consumer laws that inhibit freedom and choice. He uses intelligence and experience, standing steadfast on the frontline of interests for all American wine consumers. He is a fearless force of ideas backed by wisdom, vigilantly advocating for wine consumer rights in America.,,

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Paul Mabray, Chief Strategy Officer, Vintank:

His ideas are like the brightness of a million light bulbs going off simultaneously, furiously networking through a futuristic vinscape. His work connects many “dots”, and those dots, in turn, connect the wine world. His innovations make simplicity out of complexity, simplifying the wine business for all of us. He is one of the most “excellent” innovators in wine today.

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Wilfred Wong, Chief Story-Teller, Wine.Com:

The impact of his opinions sail a thousand ships….shipments full of wine, that is. He tirelessly analyzes, judges, researches, and documents on a level that few in the world can truly fathom. He's an undisputed wine-tasting champion. The quality and consistency of his contributions to wine easily make him the consumer's choice for the Wine Person of Excellence award.  

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Casey Biggs, Paso Wine Man:

He makes wine taste better simply by looking at it. He once opened a bottle of wine using a horse shoe and never broke the horse's gallop. His hair smells like Madagascar vanilla and American oak with a hint of Dutch lavender. He uses the Jedi mind trick on wine critics: "These are not the flavonoids you are looking for." He strolls through the vineyards and veraison begins. He is the most interesting Wine Person of Excellence in the world.

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Andre Ribeirinho:

In the wine business, Andre Ribeirinho is described with many different titles and labels: #winelover, Ambassador, Evangelist, Knight, Founder, Strategist. However, Andre is more than his titles, he's a Leader of Wine Love, and this is why wine consumers decided to give him the Wine Person of Excellence award.

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Luiz Alberto:

He's been actively utilizing technology to advocate wine love for well over a decade. And how exciting the years have been leading into the creation of the namesake #winelover community that Alberto founded alongside another Wine Person of Excellence, Andre Riberinho (2014 Spring/Summer).

If there's a perfect way to describe the glory that is Luiz Alberto, it's this: World Love for All Things Great About Wine, People, and Places.

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Thank you for helping us honor a Wine Person of Excellence with the Gold Star of Excellence!