Monteith Wine Bowl Trophy:
Montheith Bowl Information
The perpetual sterling silver Tiffany Monteith Trophy is considered one of the most elegant and prestigious awards in the U.S. wine industry.
Since 1980, it has been presented to individuals or organizations that have performed exceptional contributions to the development and sustainability of the American wine industry by actively providing leadership and motivation in addressing both legislative and regulatory issues that confront the industry, supporting innovative and technical research in both the fields of enology and viticulture, also encouraging wine and health related studies, as well as contributing to consumer public wine education and appreciation through the arts, literature and the public media.
The perpetual Monteith Wine Bowl Trophy, some 18” long and weighing 123 ounces of pure sterling silver, was created in 1980 by Tiffany & Co. of New York for the Vinifera Wine Growers Association. It represents one of the earliest forms of elegant silversmithing and today is considered to be one of the most prestigious honor awards in the U.S. wine industry.
As early as 1689, toward the end of the Stuart period in England, similar designs of the Monteith have been used in the service of wine. Mentioned by an antiquary, Anthony Wood, in 1683, it was described as “a vessel or bason notched at the brims to let drinking glasses hang there by the foot, so that the body or drinking parte might hang in the water to coole them. Such a bason was called a ‘Monteigh’ from a fantastical Scot called ‘Monsieur Monteigh,’ who at that time or a little before, wore the bottome of his cloake or coate so notched.”
In 1789, Thomas Jefferson brought back from his assignment in France as Minister, a seau crénelé or crenelated porcelain bowl similar to the Monteith used to cool wine glasses. The bowl’s design was that of a cornflower garland and is said to be the pattern used exclusively for the tableware of Louis XVI. Jefferson’s version of the Monteith is on display today in the dining room at Monticello.
Smaller individual glass versions were used by George Washington at Mount Vernon and are also on display in the Mansion’s dining room.
More recently, in 1955, Colonial Williamsburg commissioned the Wedgwood Company of England to make a duplicate copy of the Monteith to commemorate the Governor’s Palace.
Montheith Bowl Winners
On the afternoon of May 4th, 2011, at the Art and Soul Restaurant on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., the elegant sterling silver Tiffany Monteith Trophy, one of the most prestigious awards in the American wine industry, was presented to Robert P. “Bobby” Koch, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Wine Institute. The occasion was a luncheon meeting of the leadership of the Wine Institute during the organization’s annual Washington, D.C. industry policy and issues discussions and meetings with key federal departments and agencies, as well as with members of Congress of concern to the continuing growth of the wine industry.
Bobby Koch, since joining Wine Institute in 1992, has demonstrated exemplary leadership in promoting the major policy and market interests of the wine industry and for providing “leadership, unity of purpose and inspiration toward the sustainability and economic growth of the American wine industry both nationally and internationally.”
In March of 2009, the 28th recipient of the Monteith Trophy was Karen Ross, president, California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) in recognition of her years of professional and per-sonal endeavors to encourage, support and promote the positive growth and economic viability of the American wine industry in general.
For the period of 2007 through 2008, the Monteith Trophy, in recognition of America’s 400th celebration and the May 1607 establishment of the first English settlement at Jamestown, Virginia, was presented to the Yorktown-Jamestown Foundation for placement and public viewing at the Jamestown information center and museum. Receiving the trophy is former Virginia Delegate Vincent F. Callahan, Jr., Chairman of the State Legislature’s Appropriations Committee and Co-Chairman of the Yorktown-Jamestown Foundation at a special presentation ceremony held at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Presenting the Monteith are President and CEO of Mount Vernon, James Rees (at left), the 2006 trophy recipient, and VWGA president, Gordon W. Murchie, who is also the wine consultant to Mount Vernon, on the right. An inscription noting the 400th anniversary of Jamestown was added to the trophy quoting how the writings of Captain John Smith about Jamestown as printed in London in 1612, “Of those hedge grapes wee made neere 20 gallons of wine, which was neare as good as your French Brittish wine…” During the two year anniversary celebration, it was reported that several thousand visitors to Jamestown, namely school children, viewed the Monteith Trophy.
On October 5th, 2004, the U.S. Congressional Wine Caucus, founded in 1999 and consisting of some 250 House and Senate members, was honored at a special presentation and wine tasting reception on Capitol Hill of the prestigious 123 ounce sterling silver Tiffany Monteith Wine bowl Trophy in recognition of the essential and strategic federal legislative and fiscal support it had provided to viticultural research and the growth of the American wine industry. Receiving the award were the Co-Chairmen of the Wine Caucus, Representatives George Radanovich and Mike Thompson, both from California.
- 2011Robert P. “Bobby” Koch, President and Chief Executive Officer of Wine Institute
- 2009Karen Ross, President, California Association of Winegrape Growers
- 2006–08Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and Jamestown 2007, America’s 400th Anniversary of the establishment of the Jamestown Colony in May of 1607
- 2005Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, James Rees, Executive Director
- 2004United States Congressional Wine Caucus, Washington, D.C.
- 2003WineAmerica (American Vintners Association)
- 2002Donniella Winchell, Executive Director, Ohio Wine Producers Association
- 2001American Wine Society, President, Pamela J. Davey
- 2000Willy K. Frank, Dr. Frank’s Vinifera Wine Cellars, Ltd., Hammondsport, New York, founded in 1962 by his father, Dr. Konstantin Frank, “The Father of Vinifera,” and the first recipient of the Monteith Trophy.
- 1999Ms. Lynne Tuft, Artist and Author of The Grapes Grow Sweet
- 1998Wines & Vines magazine, Philip E. Hiaring, Editor/Publisher
- 1997Wine Enthusiast magazine, William R. Tisherman (Tish), Executive Editor and Vice President
- 1996R. Curtis Ellison, M.D., Chief, Section of Preventative Medicine & Epidemiology, Boston University School of Medicine
- 1995Jim Trezise, President, New York Wine & Grape Foundation
- 1994K. Dun Gifford, President, Oldways Preservation & Exchange Trust, Boston, Massachusetts
- 1993Ben Giliberti, Wine Writer, The Washington Post
- 1992Professor Garth A. Cahoon, Ohio
- 1991Dr. Professor Carl W. Haesler, Pennsylvania’s distinguished viticultural scientist
- 1990Dr. David V. Peterson, Viticulturist, S.W. Missouri State University and Cornell University, Penn Yan, New York
- 1989Dr. Robert G. Rizza of Kansas
- 1988Florida Agricultural Extension
- 1987Minnesota Grape Growers Association
- 1986Wine East Magazine, Hudson Cattell, Editor
- 1985Long Island Grape Growers Association
- 1984The Georgia Grape Growers Association
- 1983Mississippi Food and Enology Laboratory
- 1982Tennessee Viticulture and Oenological Society
- 1981Mrs. Thomas F. Furness, Proprietor, Piedmont Vineyards, who pioneered commercial Vinifera plantings in Virginia
- 1980Dr. Konstantin Frank (first awarding of the Monteith Trophy)