2009 Indy International Wine Competition

Wines from around the world poured into the Indiana State Fairgrounds Blue Ribbon Pavilion for the 18th annual Indy International Wine Competition, June 16-18, 2009.

As one of the largest wine competition in the US, the Indy International brought in over 3,000 wines from 10 countries.

Seventy-two judges traveled to Indianapolis from across North America to review approximately 120 wines a day based on appearance, aroma, taste and aftertaste. Judges receive the wines in numbered glasses, lessening the chance of recognizing a wine by its bottle and label art.

Wines can be awarded a gold, silver, bronze or no medal. The very best wines are awarded double gold, earning the right to compete for the best of show.

The Indy International Wine Competition is sponsored by the Indiana State Fair and coordinated by the Indiana Wine Grape Council at Purdue University.


Entire Competition

Wines Entered:

Commercial Competition

Wines Entered:

Indiana Commercial Competition (Subcategory of Commercial Competition)

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Amateur Competition

Wines Entered:


Prof. Christian E. Butzke
Chief Judge

Jill Blume
Executive Director

Jeanette Merritt
Media and Public Relations

Andrea Hilliker
Wine Coordinator

Chris Helderman
Wine Coordinator

Ken Mullane
Wine Coordinator

Roisin O'Higgins
Wine Coordinator

Phil Rawles
Computer Specialist

Steve Simmerman
Indiana State Fair Wine Competition Director

Pit Cru

Gary Ahlrichs

Shirley Ahlrichs

Kim Allbaugh

Kathy Black

Todd Branson

Dave Brantley

Stacey Brown

Suzi Butz

Catherine Campbell

Fred Chadwell

AmyJo Clark

Zach Clark

Cassandra Cook

Ken Corbett

Chuck Craw

Joe Cross

Ray Dubea

Carolyn Dykhuizen

Steve Fivecoate

Larry Fosler

Tony Greives

Ronald Gress

Mark Harper

Sherri Harper

Carol Hilton

Jack Hubertz

Judy Hubertz

Amber Jannasch

Nate Jannasch

Suzanne Johanningsmeier

Tammy Jones

Chris Kaufman

Sheila Kaufman

Bonnie King

Stan King

Brian Lewis

Jim Lizon

Craig McCloud

Terry McNulty

Betty Miller

Pat Mull

Don Murphy

Gay Murphy

Harry O'Dell

Tom Oldag

Jackson Price

Peg Purdue

Shawn Ramos

Merrill Rayburn

Bill Roberts

Virginia Roberts

Dave Schieble

Paul Schoon

Molly Seal

Linda Sinclair

Brad Skiles

Kathy Skiles

Janet Smith

Will Smith

Kim Somermeyer

Jim Stacey

Sally Stacey

Raye Anne Vendely

Karen Warner

Bonnie Warren

Don Whicker


Judge Business From
Donna Adams Winzerwald Winery Indiana
Brad Beam University of Illinois Illinois
Jonathan Bess Holly Grove Vineyards Virginia
Wilbert Best Best Vineyards Indiana
Rick Black Wildcat Creek Winery Indiana
Bruce Bordelon Purdue Wine Grape Team Indiana
John Brewer Wyldewood Cellars Kansas
Jeanne Burgess Seavin, Inc. Florida
Dominic Burke DelMonaco Winery and Vineyards Tennessee
Amy Butler Butler Winery, INC Indiana
Ellie Butz Vintage Winery Consultants Indiana
Tom Cottrell University of Kentucky Kentucky
Jill Ditmire Omnimedia Indiana
Kim Doty French Lick Winery & Spirits Indiana
Lee Ann Egan Carroll Company Indiana
Thom England Ivy Tech Community College Indiana
David Ethridge The View Newspapers of SE Michigan Michigan
Paul Gospodarczyk Today's Wine Professional Iowa
Kirsty Harmon Blenheim Vineyards Virginia
Patricia Howe Patricia Howe Wines California
Linda Jones McKee Wines & Vines, Editor, Wine East Section Pennsylvania
Samantha Kollar Vinquiry, Inc California
Ralph Kunkee UC Davis California
Donna Lattanzio Village Bottle Shoppe Indiana
Chris Lawlor-White Galena Cellars Winery and Vineyard Illinois
Zoran Ljepovic Icon Estates, Constellation Wines US California
Rick Mamoser Prairie State Winery Illinois
Aaron Mandel American Wine Society Missouri
Jeff Martin Easley Winery Indiana
Judy Matulich-Weitz Laird Family Estate California
Colin McFadyen Marron River Ranch & Vineyards British Columbia, Canada
Ron Metsger Wine Judge & Champion Chili Maker Indiana
Raymond Meyer Kentucky Vintners Inc. Kentucky
James Mihaloew The Cleveland Wine Line Ohio
Ann Miller Les Bourgeois Vineyards Missouri
Erik Miller Kokomo Winery California
Nancie Oxley St Julian Wine Company Michigan
Mike Palmer Vinture Wine Group Indiana
Larry Pampel Whyte Horse Winery Indiana
Nikolas Pappas Krasi LLC Indiana
Michel Pascal Carroll Wine & Spirits Indiana
Ray Pompilio The Wine Appreciation Guild New York
Janos Radvanyi Scholle Packaging California
Todd Rainer Kahn's Fine Wines Indiana
Bill Richardson Mallow Run Winery Indiana
Anthony Robinson UC Davis California
Jason Satek Satek Winery Indiana
Marie Silberstein Olinger Distributing Indiana
David Simmons Simmons Winery Indiana
Stephen Somermeyer Chateau Thomas Winery Indiana
Amanda Stewart Virginia Tech Indiana
George Taber Time Magazine, Correspondent Emeritus Rhode Island
Bill Traverso Traverso's California
Jim Trezise WineAmerica New York
Anne Vawter Ziata Wines, Varozza and Teaderman Vineyards California
Cameron Vawter Dana Estates California
Richard Vine Vintage Winery Consultants Indiana
Mark Wenzel August Hill Winery Illinois
Jim Wight Wight-Meyer Vineyards & Winery Kentucky
Robert Zeuner Vintage Spirits Indiana