|Award of Merit|
American Wine Society 2015 Award of Merit Recipient
AWS President Frank Aquilino (right)
In recognition of his lifelong dedication to wine, the American Wine Society celebrates the achievements of Chuck Wagner by presenting to him its Award of Merit for 2015.
Chuck’s involvement in wine started in 1971 when he joined his parents, Charlie and Lorna Belle Wagner in creating Caymus Vineyards. From the Wagner’s fist vintage in 1972, the focus has been on excellence. They created a wine which has become the signature example of what a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon should be. Caymus Special Selection is the only wine to be honored by receiving the Wine Spectator “Wine of the Year” award twice, first for the 1984 vintage and again for the 1990 vintage.
Caymus Vineyards has always been about family. Charlie, Lorna Bell and Chuck worked over thirty years building Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon. Today, Chuck’s daughter and two sons have joined the family business and expanded it to create the Wagner Family of Wines.
In appreciation for his lifelong devotion to both wine and family, the American Wine Society honors Chuck Wagner with its highest award..
November 7, 2015
|Konstantin Frank, 1971||Hudson Cattell, 1991||Gordon Murchie 2011|
|Charles Fournier, 1972||Andrew C. Rice, 1992||Jim Bernau 2012|
|Leon D. Adams, 1973||Vernon L. Singleton, 1993||Dick Naylor 2013|
|Willard B. Robinson, 1974||Lucie T. Morton, 1994||Gina Gallo 2014
|Philip and Jocelyn Wagner, 1975||Alex and Louisa Hargrave, 1995||Chuck Wagner 2015
|Maynard A. Amerine, 1976||Warren Winiarski, 1996|
|G. Hamilton Mowbray, 1977||Arnulf W. Esterer, 1997|
|Harold P. Olmo, 1978||Vincent Petrucci, 1998|
|George W.B. Hostetter, 1979||Justin Morris, 1999|
|Andre Tchelistcheff, 1980||Ann C. Noble, 2000|
|Alexander Brailow, 1981||Peter M.F. Sichel, 2001|
|Robert Mondavi, 1982||Marian Baldy, 2002|
|Louis P. Martini, 1983||Sharron McCarthy, 2003|
|Douglas and Marlene Moorhead, 1984||Jonathan Newman, 2004|
|James F. Gallander, 1985||Miljenko "Mike” Grgich, 2005|
|Philip Hiaring, 1986||Angel Nardone, 2006|
|Richard P. Vine, 1987||Jacques Recht, 2007|
|Harriet Lembeck, 1988||Kent Rosemblum, 2008|
|Charles M. Crawford, 1989||Zelma Long, 2009|
|Nelson J. Shaulis, 1990||Eric & Lee Miller 2010|