For the first time in its 14-year history, Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition has selected a Winemaker of the Year—and our very own Nicole Hitchcock has taken the top prize. The Winemaker Challenge is one of the only competitions that’s 100% judged by winemakers, with the top “slugging percentage” decided in a blind tasting—making this a truly distinct honor.
“There aren’t many winemakers that are able to successfully run the gamut from small production, vineyard-designated offerings to national market wines that deliver both quality and value.”
– Rich Cook, Competition Director
Nicole’s passion for wine was ignited while working alongside well-respected restaurant sommeliers. She earned a degree in Viticulture and Enology and a minor in Italian language, which took her around the world to an agriturismo in Todi, Umbria. She has since honed her craft in Northern California and has been J’s Winemaker for many years—overseeing all aspects of winemaking for our award-winning sparkling and varietal wines.
AND THE AWARDS KEEP COMING!
Nicole isn’t the only member of the J family who came away with an award this year. Nicole’s winemaking peers awarded J Winery of the Year in addition to several gold medals. Enjoy a bottle of these award-winning wines for a taste of excellence.