Nearly 25,000 Votes Later...
The winner of this year's contest is "The Legacy of Jackass Hill," produced by Tim Clott and Noel Resnick. The star is tenacious Lee Martinelli, Sr., who shares the challenges and dangers of working the Jackass Hill vineyard, which has been farmed by his family since the 1890s. Family lore maintains that "only a jackass would farm a hill that steep."
Read the full article about the winner and all the finalists.
Coming in second is "Mad Scientist Winemaker." This video was concocted by the dynamo who's madder than any scientist we've ever met, Tina Termsomket. If her name sounds familiar, it's because Tina won the 2013 Video Contest with "Dawn of Wine." (Look closely in this year's entry and you'll see GZ, aka Godzilla, star of "Dawn of Wine," in the vineyards.)
In third place is Single-Berry Ferment, a laugh-out-loud parody about the unrelenting pursuit for individual wines of great character. “We are able to take it further with the Single-Berry Ferment,” says Miles MacDonnell, owner of Round Pond Estate in Napa Valley. He somehow managed to keep a straight face; we couldn't.
Congratulations to all the Finalists, Honorable Mentions and fabulous Entrants!
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Kudos to all the entrants! Everyone gets great prizes. The winner receives a pair of tickets to the Wine Spectator Wine Experience. Each Finalist wins a pair of tickets to a Grand Tasting or Grand Tour event. And each entrant receives a 1-year WineSpectator.com membership, which includes free access to all ten Wine Spectator School online courses.
It's not too early to start thinking about your entry in the 2016 contest... Here are the guidelines for the 2015 Video Contest.