What is Wine of The Year?

The Wine of The Year competition finds out the best world wines available in Latvia, thus making the lives of Latvia's wine lovers easier by shedding light on the vast variety of wines available here. The 2019 competition results were presented to you during the TOP 100 WINES + CHEFS event on November 16, 2019.

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An international jury led by Michael Schuster assessed 432 sparkling, white, red, dessert and fortified wines in a «blind» tasting in order to hand out 16 «Gold», 99 «Silver», 237 «Bronze» and 46 «Worth a try» medals. 

"Wine of The Year 2019" jury:

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    Michael Schuster

    Head of Jury, one of the world’s most respected authors and lecturers, author of wine best-sellers Understanding Wine and Essential Winetasting.
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    Raimonds Tomsons

    Head of Vincents, one of the best Baltic restaurants, 3rd place in ASI World Sommelier Championship in 2019, the Best European Sommelier in 2017, brand ambassador of PRIKE Latvia.
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    Aigars Nords

    Founder of Riga Wine & Champagne festival, organiser of Latvia’s Wine of the Year competition and Baltic Wine List Awards, holder of WSET diploma, Race Director of Rimi Riga Marathon.
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    Jānis Volkinšteins

    Founder and main sommelier of wine bar "Vieta" (the best Baltic wine Bar), member of Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, Graduate of WSET Diploma Programme.
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    Linda Karpenko

    "Vincents" sommelier, student of Court of Master of Sommelier (CSM) programme.
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    Gints Sniedze

    One of Latvia’s well known sommeliers/wine consultants since 1997, currently brand ambassador of Moët&Chandon and Hennessy brands in Latvia.
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    Romāns Komars

    One of the founders and the President of Latvia’s Sommelier Assocation (2007-2010), enrolled in WSET Diploma programme, CEO of Interbaltija, one of Latvia’s leading wine importers.
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    Aigars Lukstiņš

    Member of the Professional Qualification Committee of the Latvian Sommelier Association, jury member of Latvian and Baltic sommelier competitions since 2008, HoReCa wine consultant at LIVIKO, Graduate WSET’s Diploma programme.
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    Jānis Kaļķis

    President of Latvia’s Sommelier Association, Latvian and Baltic Sommelier Champion, currently the main sommelier and wine buyer for RS Skorpions (SKY supermārkets) in Latvia.
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    Kaspars Reitups

    Sommelier of "Barents", Winner of Latvian and Baltics sommelier Championship, Graduate of WSET Diploma Progarmme, Court of Master Sommeliers Certified Sommelier.
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    Agnese Gintere

    Sommelier, winner of the Latvian sommelier competition 2016, Baltic's third best sommelier 2017, wine consultant at Interbaltija AG.
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    Ronalds Pētersons

    Sommelier, wine consultant at "Noble Wine", the Best Sommelier of the Baltic States 2018.
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    Roberts Brencēns

    Sommelier of "Vincents".

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