2012 Winners

Announcing the Winners of the 2nd Annual New York International Wine Competition!

Thanks to everyone who entered into our successful 2012 competition!

800+ Submissions
20+ Countries

50+ Categories
The 2nd Annual NYIWC Took Place on May 21st, 2012 in New York City

May 21st, 2012, New York, NY- In its second year, the New York International Wine Competition (NYIWC) welcomed over 800 submissions from the United States and countries from all over the world.

The NYIWC is the only major international wine competition to be judged solely by trade buyers. Each wine is judged by its category and retail price. All participating judges have purchasing power through their stores, restaurants, distribution networks, which results in their ability to have a direct impact on brand sales.

Once again held at the 3 West Club in midtown Manhattan earlier this month, this year’s impressive judging panel included buyers from top retail stores, sommeliers, distributors, and importers. All donated their time and palates without hesitation or compensation. The judges were excited by the high quality of known wines submitted as well as the large number of new wines looking to break into the New York market and the United States as well.

What sets this competition apart from others is that the judges know the actual retail price of the wine they are judging and will the judge the wine as if they are buying it for their company. The wines are presented to the judges in their category as well as their price range. For example, the judges will be told that the wine they tasted is a “Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 or later” and whether it retails for $26 or $39.

All wines are judged in a blind tasting method and are sampled for appearance, aroma, taste, mouth feel, and finish. Each judging panel confers together to come to a unanimous decision. The judges make their decisions knowing that their peers (other trade buyers in New York and throughout the world) will also be making real buying decisions based upon the medals awarded at this particular competition.

Adam Levy, the founder of the NYIWC states, “This wine competition is designed for both the consumer and the trade buyer for they both buy on quality and price. For instance, a consumer will walk into a liquor store or ask at a restaurant for the best “Merlot” at a certain price. The trade buyer also looks at their selection and will buy wines based upon the best value by category and price. Why should we not judge wine that way?”

Wines landing on these shelves are carrying awards designated as either: Double Gold, Gold, Silver, or Bronze though not every bottle entered received a medal, as is common practice with many other competitions. A Bronze medal indicates it is something a judge would buy; Silver medals designate the spirit that judges really liked; Gold medals are affixed to brands that the judging panel believed was worth promoting to their customers. Double Gold is an amazing wine for its category and price.

The NYIWC will be holding the Winners Circle showcasing the winners from the NYIWC for the Press & Trade on June 18th. The event will be held at the 3 West Club located at 3 West 51st NY, NY from 6-9pm. Please RSVP 9173380163 x 1 or at

Double Gold Medal
All other white varietal late harvest wines

Kourtaki Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains NV $11.99

Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 or later $20.00 and lower

Rutherford Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 $19.00

Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 or later $20.01 to 39.99

Pearmund Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 $25.00

Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 or later $40.00 and higher

Greyscale Wines Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 $54.00

Super Tuscan Blend

La Spinosa Prunaiolo 2007 $23.00

Register Now

We invite you to register for the NYIWC online, or use the downloadable form below to submit your wine.