Today Judith Kennedy announced some major changes to the Six Nations Wine Challenge including two new judges and one new nation. Canada will replace Argentina with Christopher Waters as judge and Jon Bonné will join the judging team representing the U.S.A. Bonné is replacing the previous U.S. judge Dan Berger and will line his selections up against new comer Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Chile,and South Africa. Argentina is retiring from the Challenge.
Over the past decade, Jon Bonné has become one of the most influential and widely-read American voices on wine.
For more than eight years, he was the award-winning Wine Editor of The San Francisco Chronicle http://www.sfchronicle.com/food/wine/, where he remains as Contributing Editor for wine. He is also the Senior Contributing Editor at Punch.
In addition, he is the author of The New California Wine http://jonbonne.com/the-new-california-wine/ (Ten Speed Press), winner of the Roederer International Wine Book of the Year, and wine consultant for JetBlue Airways.
He covers wine and spirits throughout California and around the world for a range of top publications, and is working on a new book, The New French Wine.
With more than two decades in journalism, Bonné brings a critical eye and a well-trained palate to the world of wine and food.
Christopher Waters of Toronto is Sun Media’s national wine columnist, and the co/founder and Editor of Vines, a national consumer magazine aimed at Canadians who buy, drink and enjoy wine and are passionate about the subject. For the past 11 years, he has worked as a professional wine writer and educator. His column, Waters & Wine, appears weekly in Sun Media papers across the country. In addition, Waters is head judge of the InterVin International Wine Awards and on staff at the Cool Climate Oenology & Viticulture Institute, Brock University, where he develops and teaches three semester-long wine appreciation courses each year.