Last month, we ran a contest on the Coravin Facebook page looking for wine lovers to share photos of loved ones whom they wanted to gift our Wine Lover's Basket to this holiday season.

 

Congratulations to Sharon G! The panel of Coravin judges selected her photo, nominating her son Ryan to win the Ultimate Wine Lover's Basket this holiday. We were inspired by his passion for food and wine, and thought that the Coravin System would be perfect for his Sommelier studies.

 

We received entries with nominations for wine lovers across the country. Here are the four finalists selected by the Coravin judging panel:

 

GRAND PRIZE WINNER

Sharon G.

My son, Ryan is a senior at the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park in New York. His love for wine was inspired and developed by his front of the house educators that goes by the name of "G". Most recently, my son took the exam to become a Certified Sommerlier in Candandaigua, New York right before his 22nd birthday and he passed the exam. He is so proud of this certification and wears his pin proudly that he received for passing the exam. There isn't a moment in the day when he isn't talking about wine and sharing his education and love for wine with others. My husband and I are so proud of him and this would be an ultimate gift for the wine lover in my life! This photo was taken at Opus One in Napa Valley this past summer. I caught my son in deep thought thinking about the beautiful glass of wine that he was about to receive.

 

Brady R.

My wife Kendra, for having a much better palate than I do, for not giving me a hard time when my wine shipments come in, for cooking up tasty meals that require me to open wine regularly, and for being an awesome wife, mother and 3rd grade teacher. She's earned her own wine collection and other cool wine stuff.

 

Tamera C.

I have turned my husband into the ultimate wine lover. When I met him he didn't even like wine. We've enjoyed wine tastings together and spent time learning more about wine production, regions and varietals. I want to give him the Ultimate basket because this year I quit my job and started my own consulting business and because of this we've had to give up traveling and fancy purchases. He's sacrificed a lot for me to do this and I want him to have something fun to enjoy. This photo is of him and our friends in Napa doing a tasting, hopefully soon we can do this again.

 

Loann H.

To my friend Deven, who understands that great wine and great holidays go hand in hand. He is a rare vintage: a twentysomething who would always choose a beautiful wine and conversation over a noisy nightclub. His years as the Ultimate Wine Lover are just beginning. Cheers!

 

Congratulations to Sharon, this year's winner, and thank you to all participants! We look forward to seeing your submissions next year.