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Winners are Announced for the 10th Annual
International Women’s Wine Competition

 

Santa Rosa, Calif., June 21, 2017. Results are in for the 2017 International Women's Wine Competition (IWWC), a contest judged solely by leading wine industry professional women.  This year’s choice for top honors was given to the 2014 Tribute, Red Bordeaux from Benziger Family Vineyards.

Women Wine Makers of the Year went to both Melanie Natoli, Cana Vineyards and Winery, Middleburg, Virginia and Aimée Sunseri, winemaker at Nichelini Family Winery, St. Helena, California, and New Clairvaux Vineyard, Vina, California. Runner-up was Diane Wilson of Wilson Winery in Healdsburg, California.

 

Owned and operated by Wine Competitions Management & Productions, the judging took place June 20-21, 2017 in Sonoma County, California. More than 1,150 wines were entered in the competition. Judges awarded a total of 6 Best of Show awards, 54 Best of Class designations, and 137 gold medals. 

 

Why produce a women’s wine competition?  Event founder and president, Debra Del Fiorentino says, “It gives women their own ‘voice’, so to speak and makes them feel part of something uniquely their own in an industry that’s still largely male oriented.  The judges recognize not only the best wines submitted, but also the wines they feel would appeal most to women wine buyers and consumers.”

 

Del Fiorentino credits its success not just to its niche appeal, but a superbly organized backroom operation and a host of top-notch judges.  She adds, “Here the women judges just talk about the wine they’re tasting.  They’re very focused. They get down to business and get the job done!  They’ve worked hard to get where they are and they bring a level of professionalism with them when they judge.  The results speak for themselves.”

 

Best of Show winners are listed as follows:

 

Red Wine:   2014 Tribute, Red Bordeaux, Benziger Family Vineyards

 

White Wine:  2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, Cliff Family Winery

 

Rosé Wine:  2016 Rose of Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Nichelini Family Winery

 

Sparkling Wine: 2009 Royal Cuvee, Carneros, Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyard 

 

Dessert Wine/Late Harvest:  NV Sweet Vermouth, Virginia, Cana Vineyards

 

Fruit Wine:  2015 Razzle Dazzle, New York, Coyote Moon Vineyards

 

All medal winners will be posted at winecompetitions.com and EnofileOnline.com.

 

About Wine Competitions Management & Production (WCMP)

This organization owns and operates six different competitions including West Coast Wine Competition, International Eastern Wine Competition, East Meets West, International Women’s Wine Competition, Harvest Challenge 2017, and the Craft Distillers Spirits Competition.  It also manages, The Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge, and Dan Berger’s International Wine Competition.

 

CONTACT: 

 

Debra Del Fiorentino, Founder and President, WCMP

415-640-6337, debra@winecompetitions.com

 

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For Immediate Release

February 25, 2016

Contact: Debra Del Fiorentino, Founder, Wine Competitions Management & Production

Phone: 415-640-6337

Email: debra@winecompetitions.com

 

The International “East Meets West” Wine Challenge Reveals

Frank Family Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir, Napa Valley, Carneros as Overall Best Wine

 

Santa Rosa, Calif. – Judging for the “East Meets West” took place February 16-17, 2016 in Sonoma County, California.  Wine Competitions Management & Production along with its sponsor, Vineyard & Winery Management, are pleased to announce another successful event with a total of nearly 1300 wines, more than 200 entries over last year’s competition. 

 

The International “East Meets West” combines two of its oldest and most established wine competitions into one to create the “East Meets West” wine challenge taste-off created in 2012. 

 

Since 1982, the West Coast Wine Competition (WCWC) has annually recognized wines produced and bottled in the West.  The International Eastern Wine Competition (IEWC), launched in 1975, is one of the oldest and longest running wine competitions in the nation.

 

Both competitions ran concurrently.  The Best of Show wines from the IEWC competed head to head with the Best of Show wines from the WCWC.   Traditional awards were given in each division.  This format afforded each entrant two chances to win; one in its own competition and one in the taste-off for wines advancing to the top level.  A Riesling Championship was also held for the entrants in the East Coast division.

 

According to Director of Wine Competitions and Chief Judge Debra Del Fiorentino, “The diverse and professional group of judges was once again delighted with the ‘East Meets West’ taste-off.  In addition, they were extremely impressed with the wines that made it to the top.  ‘East Meets West’ puts an exciting spin on the challenge, while keeping the competition fresh and enticing making the competition that of blue ribbon caliber.”

 

The International Eastern division garnered 24 Best of Class, 19 Double Gold and 72 Gold medals.  The West Coast division collected 20 Best of Class, 10 Double Gold and 60 Gold medals.

 

Top East Meets West awards are as follows:

 

Best of Show: Frank Family Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir, Napa Valley, Carneros

Best Sparkling: Gloria Ferrer 2007 Royal Cuvee, Carneros

Best White: St. James Winery 2014 Vignoles, Ozark Highlands

Best Rose′: Blakeslee Vineyard Estate 2014 Estate Rose′ of Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains, Oregon

Best Red: Frank Family Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir, Napa Valley, Carneros

Best Cider: CK Cellars, Wort Hog Cidery 2014 Porky’s Pleasure Hard Cherry Cider, Finger Lakes, New York

Best Riesling: Wagner Vineyards, 2013 Riesling Select, Estate Grown & Bottled, Finger Lakes, New York

 

See www.winecompetitions.com for a complete list of all of the winning Eastern and West Coast wines.

 

About Wine Competitions Management & Production (WCM&P)

Based in Santa Rosa, Calif., WCM&P is an independently owned and operated wine, craft beer and spirits competition management company.  WCM&P has over 25 years of combined experience in managing competitions and productions using the highest standards within the industry. 

 

The primary sponsor of “East Meets West” Competition is Vineyard & Winery Management, also based in Santa Rosa, California.   

 

Other sponsors include Penta Water, Wine Country Shipping, Alsco, Graber Olives, Sonoma Wine Country Hilton and Costeaux French Bakery.

 

For Immediate Release

April 22, 2015

 

Competition Inquiries
Contact: Debra Del Fiorentino, Founder, Wine Competitions Management & Productions
Phone: 415-640-6337
Email: debra@winecompetitions.com

 

To Reach The Press Democrat
Contact: Cindy Butner, Marketing Director
Phone: 707-526-8577
Email: cindy.butner@pressdemocrat.com

 

Results Are In for the 2015 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge
Roche Winery, Chardonnay, 2013, Carneros, French Oak Reserve takes "Best of the Best of the Best"

 

Santa Rosa, Calif. – From the heart of North Coast wine country, Vineyard & Winery Management magazine (V&WM) and The Press Democrat have concluded the third annual North Coast Wine Challenge, a wine competition focused exclusively on wines produced in this prestigious region. A total of 174 gold medals were awarded medals from a field of nearly 1050 eligible entries, the most entries to date since its launch.

 

In the good nature of competitive spirit and ultimate bragging rights, this challenge rated wines produced and bottled by wineries only in North Coast AVAs. The challenge was created to highlight the best of each county and ultimately, the entire region. The North Coast served as its own jury in the decision-making, with competition judges representing the best sommeliers, winemakers, retail buyers and media.

 

"Top Wines received prestigious rankings of Best of Class by Category, Best of County, and ultimately one wine won the Best of the Best Award.  The Roche Chardonnay was the stand-out at this year's event.  Judges described it as '…the perfect chardonnay. A slam dunk favorite with all the judges. This wine really rocks!!'  The wine received 99 points with a retail price of $35.95," according to Wine Competition Director Debra Del Fiorentino.

 

Only wines rating 90+ points were awarded gold medals and were eligible to move on to the 'Best Of' Category. "Our criteria is to only announce gold medal winners and above.  This enables us to keep the prestige level high in this exclusive and wine judging," explained Robert Merletti, CEO and President of V&WM.  All gold medal winners will be featured in the Food and Wine section of The Press Democrat on Wednesday, April 29.

 

Chief Judge Daryl Groom had this to say, "Wow!  Another awesome judging with the 2015 North Coast Wine Competition. I was really thrilled with the talented pool of judges we had and oh what a pleasure to taste such an exceptional range of high quality diverse wines."  Groom's expertise includes serving as wine judge in more than 150 wine shows across the United States, and he has made many award-winning wines in California's North Coast and his native Australia. He was named Winemaker of the Year by eight publications, including the San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times.

 

The Press Democrat will subsequently host a trade and public tasting on May 17 at The Barlow in Sebastopol, Calif. featuring the highest scoring Gold Medal winners from this year's challenge.   "From the start of this competition three years ago we talked about a first class, quality experience for all involved and we not only met, but exceeded those expectations!," said Steve Falk, CEO of Sonoma Media Investments, owners of The Press Democrat.

 

The event will be the largest ever held at The Barlow since its transformation from apple cannery to a home to Artisan wine, food and arts makers.  Guests will be able to explore The Barlow, meet gold-medal-winning winemakers and taste their wines paired with delicious food bites prepared by iconic North Bay chefs.

 

The Press Democrat will preview California's New Wine Museum scheduled to open in Santa Rosa, California in 2016.  Guests will be able to experience wine exhibits and weigh in on its development.

 

Complimentary trade and press passes are available in addition to a pre-event trade talk (seating is limited).  The Trade Talk will debunk myths about sustainability and will be presented by Ray Johnson, Director of the Wine Business Institutes at Sonoma State University, Karissa Kruze, Director of the Sonoma County Winegrowers and Allison Vice President of Environmental Affairs for Wine Institute.

 

For more details about the tasting, contact Cindy Butner, Marketing Director for The Press Democrat (see contact information above) or visit NorthCoastWineEvent.com for full details.

 

Award winners will be posted at NorthCoastWineChallenge.com, NorthCoastWineEvent.com, winecompetitions.com, vwmmedia.com, and pressdemocrat.com on Sunday, April 26, 2015.

 

About Vineyard & Winery Management

Based in Santa Rosa, Calif., Vineyard & Winery Management is an independently owned and operated multimedia company that produces an international wine trade publication, conferences, trade shows and wine competitions. The family-owned company publishes Vineyard & Winery Management magazine, which has the highest circulation of any North American wine trade publication. V&WM's conferences and trade shows include Craft Beverages Unlimited and the Midwest Grape & Wine + Craft Brew Conference. Its wine competitions include The Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge, Grand Harvest Awards, East Meets West (formerly International Eastern Wine Competition and West Coast Wine Competition), and the International Women's Wine Competition. See vwmmedia.com for more information.

 

Sponsors of Vineyard & Winery Management's Competition  www.northcoastwinechallenge.com Judging event sponsors include Penta Water, Wine Country Shipping, Alsco, Graber Olives, Sonoma Wine Country Hilton, Costeaux French Bakery, Spring Hill Jersey Cheese, Sonoma Cider, Sonoma Gourmet,  Chris's Stuff, Berkmans Spices, Pasta Sonoma, Bottle Barn, Traditional Medicinals, Tierra Vegetables, Taylor Maid Farms Organic Coffee, Recherche du Plaisir, F.A. Nino's Godfather of Sauce, Guayaki Yerba Mate, Gipson's Golden, Jimtown Store, Bloody Bob's, Add Garlic!, Neal Brothers Foods, G&G Supermarkets, Chalk Hill Cookery, and Community First Credit Union.

 

About The Press Democrat

Based in Santa Rosa, Calif., The Press Democrat is the North Bay's most-read provider of up-to-the-minute local news. It is a recognized leader in the development of highly effective integrated media solutions for its business clients. The Press Democrat is owned by Sonoma Media Investments LLC, a multimedia company that provides world-class local news, information and entertainment to audiences throughout San Francisco's North Bay.  See PDmediaSource.com  and pressdemocrat.com for more information.

 

Sponsors of the Press Democrat's Trade and Public Tasting  www.northcoastwineevent.com Presented by Sonoma Clean Power and sponsored by: Wells Fargo; Lavish Custom Sound; Smother's European – Mercedes-Benz, Volvo and Sprinter; BevMo!; Cokas|Diko; Sonoma Magazine and the Wineseum.

For Immediate Release

February 17, 2015

 

Competition Inquiries
Contact: Debra Del Fiorentino, Founder, Wine Competitions Management & Productions
Phone: 415-640-6337
Email: debra@winecompetitions.com

 

 

The International “East Meets West” Wine Challenge Reveals Top Awards
International Eastern Wine Competition vs. West Coast Wine Competition

 

Santa Rosa, CA – For the second year, Vineyard & Winery Management combined two of its oldest and most established wine competitions into one by creating the International “East Meets West” Wine Challenge.  The judging was held Feb. 10-11, 2015 in Sonoma County, California. A total of 1164 wines were awarded medals. 

 

Since 1982, the West Coast Wine Competition has annually recognized wines produced and bottled in the West. The International Eastern Wine Competition, started in 1975, is one of the oldest and longest-running wine competitions in the nation. 

 

This year, the competitions merged into one large event.  Wines were simultaneously judged in two established regional divisions: International Eastern Wine Competition and the West Coast Wine Competition. Traditional awards were given in each division. Best of Show winners moved on to compete in the East Meets West Taste Off to see which wine was best overall. This afforded each entrant two chances to win medals: one in its own division and one in the Taste Off.  A Riesling Championship was also held. 

 

“This challenge allows eastern and western wines to compete in their own right while allowing each to contend on a national scale,” said event producer and Vineyard & Winery Management magazine publisher Robert Merletti. 

 

According to Director of Wine Competitions and Chief Judge Debra Del Fiorentino, “This format worked well for us last year and has gained momentum this year.  Keeping these established brands intact and adding a twist like the East Meets West Taste Off put an exciting spin on the challenge.” 

 

The International Eastern division garnered 22 best of class, 23 double gold, and 76 gold medals.  The West Coast division collected 25 best of class, 12 double gold, and 68  gold medals.

 

Top East Meets West awards are as follows:

 

Best of Show:  Graton Ridge Cellars, 2012 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

Best Sparkling:  Gloria Ferrer, 2006 Royal Cuvée

Best White:  Sister Creek Vineyards, 2014 Muscat Canelli

Best Red:  Graton Ridge Cellars, 2012 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

Best Dessert:   Stephen & Walker Winery, 2012 Late Harvest, Red Raspberry

Best Fruit:   21 Brix, NV, Red Raspberry

Riesling Champion:  Dr. Konstantin Frank, 2013 Semi-Sweet

Best Rosé:  Johnson Estate Winery, NV, Pink Catawba

Best Sake: Kooksoohdang Brewery Company, Ltd., ICING Sake, Daiginjo, Grapefruit

 

See www.winecompetitions.com for a complete list of all of the winning Eastern and West Coast wines.  

 

About Vineyard & Winery Management
Based in Santa Rosa, Calif., Vineyard & Winery Management is an independently-owned and-operated multimedia company that produces an international wine trade publication, conferences, trade shows and wine competitions. The family-owned company publishes Vineyard & Winery Management magazine, which has the highest circulation of any North American wine trade publication. V&WM’s conferences and trade shows include Craft Beverages Unlimited and the Midwest Grape and Wine + Craft Brew Conference. Its wine competitions include The Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge, Grand Harvest Awards, International Eastern Wine Competition, West Coast Wine Competition, and the International Women’s Wine Competition. See vwmmedia.com for more information.

For Immediate Release 
November 25, 2014 


Competition Inquiries
Contact: Debra Del Fiorentino, Founder, Wine Competitions Management & Productions
Phone: 415-640-6337
Email: debra@winecompetitions.com

                                                                                                                  

Grand Harvest Awards Announces 2014 Results
Miro Cellars 2012 Petite Sirah, Dry Creek Valley, takes Best of Show

 

Santa Rosa, Calif. – Vineyard & Winery Management’s 24th Annual Grand Harvest Awards has revealed the results of this year’s competition.  From a pool of nearly 1100 entries, awards included 82 Best of Class, 39 Double Gold, 161 Gold, and 450 Silver medals.

Established in 1990, GHA seeks to uncover the distinctions of terroir by grouping wines for evaluation by appellation and variety. Wines are judged in the context of their viticultural regions in order to recognize the complexities and nuances of regional wines, and also to observe the influence of regional soil and climate characteristics on the taste and quality of individual wines.

 

The following wines took best their categories:

 

Best of Show and Best Red Wine:  Miro Cellars, 2012 Petite Sirah, Dry Creek Valley

 

Best White Wine:  Hunt Country Vineyards, 2013 Seyval Blanc, Finger Lakes

 

Best Rose Wine:  Truett Hurst Winery, 2013 Salmon Run Rose, Dry Creek Valley

 

Best Sparkling Wine:  Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyard, 2006 Royal Cuvee, Carneros

 

Best Spirit from Grapes:  Petroni Vineyards, Grappa di Lorenzo, Sonoma Valley 

 

Best Fruit Wine:  Heritage Vineyards, Jersey Blueberry, Outer Coastal Plain

 

Best Late Harvest/Dessert Wine:  Stephen & Walker Winery, 2012 Chardonnay Botrytis, Mendocino Ridge

 

“Judges included winemakers, wine buyers, distributors, media personnel and other wine industry professionals who not only recognized the best wine submissions but possessed the level of knowledge and expertise needed to assess the wine’s terroir,” said VWM’s Director of Wine Competitions, Debra Del Fiorentino.

 

Says GHA spokesperson, Christopher Sawyer, a sommelier and wine educator based in Sonoma County, “For decades we have been trying to interpret the styles of wines made in America. Now, thanks to the use of new technology and fruit from more mature vines, the unique flavor profiles are becoming more defined. For those reasons, it’s exciting to see that the diverse list of winners at the Grand Harvest Awards 2014 really demonstrate how terroir makes a difference in the flavor profiles of grapes planted in special regions across the nation.”

 

“This unique wine competition showcases the diversity of terroir and we are pleased to be part of the research and promotion of all its regions in the U.S. and beyond,” said Robert Merletti, President and Publisher of Vineyard & Winery Management magazine. 

Full results for the competition are posted on winecompetitions.com, a website developed by EnofileOnline for Vineyard & Winery Management to house all six of its wine competitions, and on enofileonline.com.

 

Official sponsors of the competition included Hilton Sonoma Wine Country, Penta Ultra-Purified Water, Graber Olives, Wine Country Shipping, Alsco, Costeaux French Bakery, Lagunitas Brewing Company and Sonoma Cider.

 

 About Vineyard & Winery Management

Based in Santa Rosa, Calif., Vineyard & Winery Management is an independently owned and operated multimedia company that produces an international wine trade publication, conferences, trade shows and wine competitions. The family-owned company publishes Vineyard & Winery Management magazine, which has the highest circulation of any North American wine trade publication. V&WM's conferences and trade shows include Craft Beverages Unlimited (formerly Wineries Unlimited) and the Midwest Grape & Wine + Craft Brew. Its wine competitions include The Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge, Grand Harvest Awards, East Meets West Wine Challenge, International Women's Wine Competition, International Wine Channel TV Awards, and U.S. National Wine Competition. See vwmmedia.com for more information.

 

For Immediate Release

Date: September 23, 2014

 

Competition Inquiries
Contact: Debra Del Fiorentino, Founder, Wine Competitions Management & Productions
Phone: 415-640-6337
Email: debra@winecompetitions.com

 

Results Are In for International Wine Channel TV Awards

Dr. Konstantin Frank’s 2012 Finger Lakes Riesling takes Best of Show

 

Santa Rosa, Calif.  – Vineyard & Winery Management (V&WM) has announced the results of the 2014 International Wine Channel TV awards (IWC-TV), including the overall Best of Show award, which went to the Dr. Konstantin Frank 2012 Finger Lakes Riesling. Judging for the competition took place September 16-17 in Sonoma County, Calif. Judges awarded a total of 21 Best of Class, six double gold, 34 gold and 154 silver medals. They also named six wines as Best of Show in their respective categories: 

 

Best of Show Red:  Baker-Bird 2013 Black Barrel Cabernet Franc, Kentucky $35/bottle

 

Best of Show White:  Dr. Konstantin Frank 2012 Riesling,Finger Lakes,  $24.99/bottle

 

Best of Show Rosé:  Muscardini Cellars 2013  Rosato di Sangiovese, Sonoma Valley, $26/bottle

 

Best of Show Sparkling:  Gloria Ferrer NV  Blanc de Noirs, Carneros, $22/bottle

 

Best of Show Fruit:  Calico Skies Vineyard & Winer, NV Cranberry, American AVA, $17/bottle

 

Best of Show Cider:  Crimson Ridge NV  Vat #1,Virginia, $10/bottle

 

In an effort to recognize up-and-coming young winemaking talent, winemakers under 35 years old were invited to submit their best wines for the Rising Star Winemaker Award. For the second year in a row, Eric Harris of Two-EE's Winery in Indiana was honored with this title, earning a bronze for his Indiana, Primitivo ($20);  a silver for his 2013 Indiana Traminette ($17); and  double gold and Best of Class awards for his Barreja NV ($22), thus achieving the highest collective scoring points awarded by the judges.

 

The face of Wine Channel TV is Jessica Altieri, professional wine judge and media personality, who served as the spokesperson and a judge for the competition. Altieri's international reputation as a knowledgeable wine professional helped draw consumer attention from the under-40 crowd.  According to V&WM president and competition owner Robert Merletti, "Our mission is to help producers better understand the tastes and wine preferences of the Millennial generation by having Millennial wine experts judge the wines.   Joining forces with Wine Channel TV aids in our strategy to reach a Millennial customer base and assures award-winners that their wines are being seen and promoted to this target market."

 

Wine Channel TV will feature select winners at a live consumer wine event, to be broadcast from The Underground in Chicago on Oct. 16. For more details, contact Peter Altieri, Wine Channel TV Network, petea@wctvnetwork.com , 847-224-0600.

 

Full results for the competition are posted at www.enofileonline.com and www.winecompetitions.com .

 

About Vineyard & Winery Management

Based in Santa Rosa, Calif., Vineyard & Winery Management is an independently owned and operated multimedia company that produces an international wine trade publication, conferences, trade shows and wine competitions. The family-owned company publishes Vineyard & Winery Management magazine, which has the highest circulation of any North American wine trade publication. V&WM's conferences and trade shows include Craft Beverages Unlimited (formerly Wineries Unlimited) and the Midwest Grape & Wine + Craft Brew Conference. Its wine competitions include The Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge, Grand Harvest Awards, East Meets West (formerly International Eastern Wine Competition and West Coast Wine Competition), International Women's Wine Competition, International Wine Channel TV Awards, and U.S. National Wine Competition. Seevwmmedia.com for more information. 

For Immediate Release

Date: July 1, 2014

Competition Inquiries
Contact: Debra Del Fiorentino, Founder, Wine Competitions Management & Productions
Phone: 415-640-6337
Email: debra@winecompetitions.com

 

Results Are In for the 2014 International Women's Wine Competition

Matrix Winery 2012 Pinot Noir, Bacigalupi Reserve wins best of show

 

Santa Rosa, Calif. – Vineyard & Winery Management has announced the results of the 2014 International Women's Wine Competition (IWWC), including the competition’s  top award- winner –Matrix Winery 2012 Pinot Noir, Bacigalupi Reserve.

More than 975 wines were entered in the competition. Judges awarded a total of five Best of Show awards, 43 Best of Class designations, 38 double gold and 125 gold medals. 

 

Best of Show winners include:

Dessert Wine:  Galen Glen 2013 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine, Estate Grown, Pennsylvania

 

Red Wine:  Matrix Winery 2012 Pinot Noir, Bacigalupi Reserve , Russian River Valley

 

Rosé Wine: Nichelini Family Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé, Napa

 

Sparkling Wine:  Gloria Ferrer 2010 Blanc de Blancs, Carneros

 

White Wine:  Roku 2013 Estate Riesling, Monterey County

 

The Honey Wine Company’s Bee d’Vine 2013 Honey Wine took best in category for Mead and Sonoma Cider’s “The Pitchfork” received best Specialty Cider.

 

Sarah Troxell, winemaker and co-owner of Galen Glen Winery in Andreas, Penn., received special accolades as the Best Woman Winemaker for her Galen Glen 2013 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine, Estate Grown.

 

Chief Judge Debra Del Fiorentino, Sommelier, CWP, CSW, points out that the International Women's Wine Competition is judged entirely by leading women in the wine industry. The judges recognize not only the best wines submitted, but also the wines they feel would appeal most to women wine buyers and consumers.  According to Del Fiorentino, "We had excellent, top notch judges, including Shauna Rosenblum, Head Winemaker, Rock Wall Winery, Tami Collins, Winemaker, De La Montanya Estate Vineyards & Winery, Cathy Vicini, Co-Proprietor, Trecini Winery, Kathleen Inman, Co-Owner and Winemaker, Inman Family, Susan Doyle, Director of Winemaking, Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines, Georgetta Dame, Lead Winemaker, Chloe Wine Collection just to list a few."

 

The judging was held in Sonoma County, Calif., on June 25. All medal winners are posted at winecompetitions.com , vwmmedia.com andEnofileOnline.com.

 

Competition sponsors included Penta Water, Wine Country Shipping, Alsco, Graber Olives, Costeaux French Bakery  and Lagunitas Brewing Company.

 

About Vineyard & Winery Management

Based in Santa Rosa, Calif., Vineyard & Winery Management is an independently owned and operated multimedia company that produces an international wine trade publication, conferences, trade shows and wine competitions. The family-owned company publishes Vineyard & Winery Management magazine, which has the highest circulation of any North American wine trade publication. V&WM's conferences and trade shows include Wineries + Breweries Unlimited and the Midwest Grape & Wine + Craft Brew Conference. Its wine competitions include The Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge, Grand Harvest Awards, East Meets West (formerly International Eastern Wine Competition and West Coast Wine Competition), International Women's Wine Competition, International Wine Channel TV Awards, and U.S. National Wine Competition. See vwmmedia.com for more information.

 

For Immediate Release

May 12, 2014

 

 

Competition Inquiries
Contact: Debra Del Fiorentino, Founder, Wine Competitions Management & Productions
Phone: 415-640-6337
Email: debra@winecompetitions.com

 

To Reach The Press Democrat

Contact: Cindy Butner, Marketing Director

Phone: 707-526-8577

Email: cindy.butner@pressdemocrat.com

 

 

Results Are In for the 2014 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge 

W.H. Smith Wines, Pinot Noir, 2010, Proprietor’s Reserve, California, Sonoma Coast takes “Best of the Best of the Best”

 

Santa Rosa, Calif. – From the heart of North Coast wine country, Vineyard & Winery Management magazine (V&WM) and The Press Democrat have concluded the second North Coast Wine Challenge, a wine competition focused exclusively on wines produced in this prestigious region. A total of 167 gold medals were awarded medals from a field of nearly 900 eligible entries.

 

In the good nature of competitive spirit and ultimate bragging rights, this challenge rated wines produced and bottled by wineries only in North Coast AVAs. The challenge was created to highlight the best of each county and ultimately, the entire region. The North Coast served as its own jury in the decision-making, with competition judges representing only the best North Coast sommeliers, winemakers, retail buyers and media.

 

"Wines were designated the ranking of Best of Class by Category, Best of County, and ultimately the Best of the Best as top award” explained Debra Del Fiorentino, Director of Wine Competitions for V&WM. “Judging was rigorous and not all counties achieved highest marks.  Only wines rating 90+ points were awarded gold medals and were eligible to the ‘Best Of’ Category.”

 

Top winners include:

 

BEST OF THE BEST

W.H. Smith Wines, Pinot Noir, 2010, Proprietor's Reserve, California, Sonoma Coast, 98 points.  Tasting notes include “rare to find, the Best- Best- Best! Flavors of Intense Black Raspberry”.

 

BEST OF COUNTIES

 

BEST OF NAPA COUNTY: 

Don Sebastiani & Sons, B Side, Red Blend, 2010, 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23%Merlot, 16% Syrah, 11% Petit Verdot,1% Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley (AVA), 98 points

BEST OF SONOMA COUNTY: 

W.H. Smith Wines, Pinot Noir, 2010, Proprietor's Reserve, California, Sonoma Coast, 98 points

BEST OF MENDOCINO COUNTY: 

Husch Vineyards, Gewurztraminer, 2013, Late Harvest, Estate Bottled, Anderson Valley, 96 points

BEST OF LAKE COUNTY: 

Shannon Ridge Family of Wines, Dalliance, Red Wine, 2011, 41% Zinfandel, 24% Syrah, 12% Barbera, 11% Tempranillo, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Grenache, Lake County, 97 points

 

BEST OF CLASS

 

BEST SPARKLING WINE: 

Domaine Carneros by Taittinger, Brut Rose, 2010, Brut Rose, 100% Organic and Estate Grown 74% Pinot Noir, 26% Chardonnay, Carneros, 96 points

BEST WHITE WINE: 

Charles Creek Vineyard, Chardonnay, 2010, Russian River Valley, 98 points

BEST ROSE:  

Kokomo Winery, Grenache Rose, 2013, Pauline's Vineyard, Estate, Dry Creek Valley, 95 points

BEST RED:  

W.H. Smith Wines, Pinot Noir, 2010, Proprietor’s Reserve, California, Sonoma Coast, 98 points

BEST DESSERT/LATE HARVEST: 

Husch Vineyards, Gewurztraminer, 2013, Late Harvest, Estate Bottled, Anderson Valley, 96 points

 

Daryl Groom led the exclusive event for its second year. “The success and prestige of this challenge continues to grow and personally delight me. The 2014 judging was fantastic. I am proud to be associated with it as chief judge,” said Groom.  Groom's expertise includes serving as wine judge in more than 150 wine shows across the United States, and he has made many award-winning wines in California's North Coast and his native Australia. He was named Winemaker of the Year by eight publications, including the San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times.

 

Added Groom, “Judges were very, very impressed with the extremely high quality of the wines. 167 gold medals were given, representing 19% of the wines entered. I don’t believe any other competition in the USA can boast this quality level. It’s a testament to our talented North Coast winemakers and a reflection of the world class grape growing conditions we are blessed with.”

Winners will be announced in the Food and Wine section of The Press Democrat on Wednesday, May 14.  "The PD is the Redwood Empire’s leading newspaper and continues to serve as the ideal media partner for this North Coast judging.  We share a similar vision and through this ongoing partnership we are able to ensure consumer exposure for award-winning wines through local media,” said Robert Merletti, CEO and President of V&WM.

 

The Press Democrat will host an invitational tasting on June 15 at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena, which will feature a selection of medal-winning wines from the North Coast Wine Challenge.  "This competition is about quality.  No matter if a wine sells for under $20 per bottle or over $75, the winners are all superior and will be available to taste at our event ,” said Steve Falk, CEO of Sonoma Media Investments, owners of The Press Democrat.  For more details about the tasting, contact Cindy Butner, Marketing Director for The Press Democrat (see contact information above) or visit NorthCoastWineEvent.com for full details.

 

Award winners will be posted at NorthCoastWineChallenge.com, NorthCoastWineEvent.com, winecompetitions.com, vwmmedia.com, and pressdemocrat.com.

 

Judging event sponsors include Penta Water, Wine Country Shipping, Alsco, Graber Olives, Sonoma Wine Country Hilton, Costeaux French Bakery, Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates, Big River Coffee Company, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Spring Hill Jersey Cheese, Pasta Sonoma, Old Chatham Ranch, Russian River Fine Foods, Revive, Sift, Chris’s Stuff, Trader Joe’s, Bottle Barn, Vino Chapeau, Sonoma Syrup Company, and Sonoma Gourmet.

 

 

About Vineyard & Winery Management

Based in Santa Rosa, Calif., Vineyard & Winery Management is an independently owned and operated multimedia company that produces an international wine trade publication, conferences, trade shows and wine competitions. The family-owned company publishes Vineyard & Winery Management magazine, which has the highest circulation of any North American wine trade publication. V&WM's conferences and trade shows include Wineries + Breweries Unlimited and the Midwest Grape & Wine + Craft Brew Conference. Its wine competitions include The Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge, Grand Harvest Awards, East Meets West (formerly International Eastern Wine Competition and West Coast Wine Competition), International Women's Wine Competition, International Wine Channel TV Awards, and U.S. National Wine Competition. See vwmmedia.com for more information.

 

 

About The Press Democrat

Based in Santa Rosa, Calif. , The Press Democrat is the North Bay's most-read provider of up-to-the-minute local news. It is a recognized leader in the development of highly effective integrated media solutions for its business clients. The Press Democrat is owned by the recently formed Sonoma Media Investments LLC, a multimedia company that provides world-class local news, information and entertainment to audiences throughout San Francisco's North Bay. See PDmediaSource.com and pressdemocrat.com for more information.

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