At the 11th annual American Fine Wine Competition & Gala on May 5 in south Florida, Winemaker of the Year honors go to Robert Rex of Deerfield Ranch Winery in Sonoma County.
Certified organic, Deerfield produces 15,000 cases annually, specializing in blended wines. With associate winemaker Cecilia Valdivia and their team, Rex crafts small lots of handcrafted wine from more than 26 carefully selected Sonoma County vineyards. Deerfield wines are known for their brilliant colors, rich and wonderfully complex flavors, and a long finish.
A chemist, graphic designer, woodworker, and an accomplished gourmet cook, Rex has been making wine for 46 consecutive years. He is consulting winemaker for several small wineries that make their wine at Deerfield, and teaches hands-on winemaking at Deerfield.
An influential wine event, the American Fine Wine Competition & Charity Wine Gala raises money for a variety of nonprofit groups. Its “invitation-only” judging accepts up to 850 of the finest wines nationwide.