SHW’s Rex Johnston Winemaker of the Year award encourages and recognizes excellence in wine making among all club members.  The best measure of excellence is the opinion of qualified judges in a structured competition environment. 

SHW members are invited to submit their candidacy for this year’s Winemaker of the Year award. There are several eligibility prerequisites to compete for this award including entering wines into three recognized wine competitions. For 2023, the two required competitions are SHW’s Jubilee Wine Competition and the California State Fair Home Wine Competition.

Submissions are due November 30, 2023. The successful candidate is planned to be announced at December’s Holiday Party. Details, along with the entry form can be found here.

Please email Chief Judge Gin Yang with questions at