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Wine Rival Happens: SUN AUG 29, 2021 – 5:00 PM

WINE RIVAL (formerly Somm Madness) brings together the nation’s wine and sommelier community along with wine enthusiasts for a blind tasting tournament unlike any other. Sixty-four individuals will go head-to-head to advance to the championship round with the ultimate hope of taking home the grand prize: $20,000 cash.

The event kicks off with the Tailgate Tasting, a curated walk-around reception taking place prior to-and-during the tournament. The tasting event features 400+ world-renowned wine, beers, and spirits such as Silver Oak, Jordan, and Duckhorn, in addition to a grand display and passed hors d’oeuvres catered exclusively by DineAmic Catering. All ticket holders will watch the tournament while the 64 registered competitors try their luck at the tasting tournament led by renowned judges.

Much like any sporting/concert event, a jaw-dropping introduction complete with audiovisual effects captivates the audience before the competition and sets the tone for the evening. The 2021 event will feature none other than Jim Nantz, the announcer for the Super Bowl, March Madness, The Masters, and many more of the most iconic sporting events.

WineRival has quickly progressed into the world’s most exciting wine event!

For a chance to compete in Wine Rival, visit our Compete page.

A portion of ticket sale proceeds will benefit the James Beard Foundation’s Impact Programs.

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featuring

ANTINORI, BONNY DOON, CHALK HILL, CHALONE, CHAPPELLET, CLOUDY BAY, EL PINO CLUB, FAUST, FLOWERS, GIL FAMILY, GOOSE ISLAND, HEITZ, JUSTIN, KETEL ONE, LOUSI ROEDERER, MATCHBOOK, MOET HENNESSEY, MOUTON NOIR, NINER, PASQUA, PIPER HEIDSIECK, ROUND POND, SANTA MARGHERITA, SCARPETTA, SILVER OAK, SONOMA CUTRER, ST. SUPREY, STELLA, TITO’S, WOODFORD RESERVE, AND MANY MORE…

Latest Updates

  • "...an epic battle."

    Jon Hansen
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  • Sommeliers go nose to nose in a blind tasting tournament. Cheer them on and take some sips of your own...

    Splash Staff
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  • The food selection to accompany the samplings were top notch with the truffle cream sauce gnocchi from Siena Tavern being simply outstanding.

    Jerry Nunn
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  • 64 gifted noses from across the country...

    Michigan Avenue Magazine
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  • ...Combines March Madness, Wine Tasting.

    CBS 2 News Weekends
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  • ...keep your wits about you, get your senses in tune, and remember... “Confidence is all.”

    Kristy Wenz
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