Advocate Of The Year
As an established sommelier and entrepreneur, Tahiirah Habibi is shifting the lens of BIPOC representation in the wine industry through uplifting events and educational seminars.
Bar Program Of The Year
Double Chicken Please
Founded in 2020 by GN Chan and Faye Chen, Double Chicken Please combines innovation with comfort in its playfully delicious on-tap and made-to-order cocktails.
Bartender Of The Year
Lifelong hospitality pro Harrison Ginsberg is making waves at NYC’s critically-acclaimed Overstory, Crown Shy, and Saga with his culinary-influenced bar programs.
Brewer Of The Year
Zahra Tabatabai, owner of Back Home Beer, aims to change the conversation around Middle East brewing with her Iranian-inspired recipes.
Brewery Of The Year
Athletic Brewing Co.
As an emerging powerhouse in the NA space, Athletic Brewing is making non-alcoholic beer both accessible and “cool.”
Drinks Professional Of The Year
David Suro-Piñera, with his Tequilas Restaurant in Philadelphia and Siembra Spirits tequila, has been a leader in agave education since long before today’s tequila boom.
Food & Beverage Of The Year
Laser Wolf Brooklyn
The recently-opened second location of Michael Solomonov’s newest project, Williamsburg’s Laser Wolf is in a league of its own when it comes to traditional yet inventive Israeli fare, and a thoughtful drinks program to complement it all.
Master Blender Of The Year
After years as Old Forester’s master taster, Jackie Zykan is shaking things up with Hidden Barn Whiskey — a new project that’s already creating buzz among industry insiders and collectors.
Nonprofit Of The Year
Lift Collective is changing the constructs of the wine world from the inside out. With a focus on equity and inclusion, the organization provides support, offers community, and inspires dialogue on how to make the wine industry a better place.
Retailer Of The Year
3 Parks Wine Shop
With a focus on accessibility, Sarah Pierre’s 3 Parks Wine Shop is firmly rooted as an educational and philanthropic hub for its Atlanta community.
Rising Drinks Brand Of The Year
Lunar Hard Seltzer
Founded by longtime friends Kevin Wong and Sean Ro, Lunar Hard Seltzer is making waves in the drinks space with its authentic Asian ingredients and message of diversity.
Sommelier Of The Year
Master sommelier Vincent Morrow aims to make Napa Valley, and wine education as a whole, more approachable to a wider audience.
Spirits Brand Of The Year
As tequila continues to grow in popularity and sales, industry favorite Fortaleza maintains a focus on high-quality, additive-free, traditionally-made spirits.
Wine Professional Of The Year
Charleston-based wine professional Matt Tunstall has set a new bar in the fields of wine service, education, and hospitality in general.
Winemaking Team Of The Year
A pioneer in sustainability for decades, Tablas Creek and the team behind its exceptional wines may be to thank for a forthcoming boxed wine boom and the future of packaging innovation.
Winery Of The Year
Helmed by father-daughter duo David and Jasmine Hirsch, Hirsch Vineyards has long been a leader in developing Sonoma, Calif.’s wine industry and continues to receive acclaim for its sustainable farming practices.
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