The winners of the prestigious Wine Enthusiast Wine Star Awards have just been announced. The awards were founded seventeen years ago as a means of acknowledging the “trailblazers who are impacting” the wine industry with their “energy, courage, and groundbreaking vision.” Among this year’s honorees are:
Winemaker of the Year: Andrea Mullineux
American Winery of the Year: Bonterra Organic Vineyards
European Winery of the Year: R & A Pfaffl
New World Winery of the Year: Kim Crawford
Wine Region of the Year: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Sommelier/Wine Director of the Year: Jason L. Smith, MS
Winery Executive of the Year 2016: Michael Clarke
American Wine Legend: Jerry Lohr
Importer of the Year: Frederick Wildman and Sons, Ltd.
Retailer of the Year: Raley’s Family of Fine Stores
Lifetime Achievement Award: William J. Deutsch
Visit the Wine Enthusiast online to read the complete list of winners as well as detailed biographies and profiles.