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Social Visionary of the Year

Wine Enthusiast Nominates Kind of Wild Founders for a Wine Star Award

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Social Visionary of the Year

Jordan Sager and Adam Sager

Brothers Jordan and Adam Sager are co-presidents of Winesellers, Ltd., which is an importer and marketing firm serving all 50 U.S. states and which was founded by their father in 1978. In 2021, the Sager brothers founded Kind of Wild, which is a direct-to-consumer wine company selling organic and vegan-certified wines produced by family-owned wineries. Since launching the venture, the Sagers have contributed to various environmental groups, and in 2022 they joined 1% for the Planet, pledging to donate one percent of Kind of Wild’s annual sales to support a variety of nonprofits focused on improving the environment.

Wine Star Awards

This year marks the 23rd anniversary of Wine Enthusiast’s Annual  Wine Star Awards, honoring the individuals and companies that make outstanding contributions to the wine and alcohol beverage world. Here are the nominees across 13 categories for the 2022 Awards. The winners of these categories, as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award, American Wine Legend and Wine & Culture Honoree, will be announced in the magazine’s Best of Year issue and celebrated at our annual black-tie gala in January 2023. We salute the dedicated beverage professionals who have innovated and flourished this year.

The Process

All full-time and contributing divisions (Sales, Events, Marketing, Editorial) of Wine Enthusiast Media were invited to submit nominees for our Wine Star Awards categories and submitted their nominations anonymously, with explanations of what made the nomination appropriate for consideration.  Final winners were chosen from the culled down list by the Executive Media team with selections based on many factors, including impact on consumers and trade in the wine, spirits, or beer space, commercial successes, company/brand vision, and trendsetting. 

Winners will be announced on on Thursday, November 3, 2022 and will be honored at the annual black-tie gala on Monday, January 30, 2023.