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

Thanks to everyone who entered into our successful 2012 competition!

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

International Winery Of The Year
La Spinosa

Rhone Valley Winery of the Year
Cave De Tain

US Importer of The Year
WJ Deutsch & Sons

Knight Valley Region Winery of the Year
Ehret Family Winery

Lake County Winery of The Year
Diamond Ridge Vineyards

Lodi County Winery of The Year
Peirano Estate Vineyards Winery

Mendocino Winery of The Year
Navarro Vineyards

Napa Winery of The Year
Greyscale Wineries

Russian Valley Winery of The Year
Davis Family Vineyards

New Mexico Winery of the Year
Southwest Wines

New York State Winery of The Year or Finger Lakes
Dr. Konstantin Frank

New York North Fork Wine Region Winery of the Year
Sherwood House Vineyards

Oregon Winery of the Year
Cliff Creek Cellars

Tennessee Winery of the Year
Arrington Vineyards

Texas Winery of the Year
Sweet Dreams Winery

Virginia Winery of the Year
Pearmund Cellars

Australia Wine Importer of the Year
Epicurean Wines

Australia Winery of the Year
Thomas Goss

Chilean Winery of the Year
Bodegas y Vinedos De Aguirre S.A. Reina Ana

Italian Winery of the Year
Santa Armosa

New Zealand Winery of the Year
Giesen Winery

New Zealand Importer of the Year
Pernod Ricard New Zealand

Phillipine Wine Importer of the Year
Manny O. Wines

Portugal Importer of the Year
DFJ Vinhos

South Korea Rice Wine Importer of the Year
JP Global Enterprise Corp

South Korea Rice Winery of the Year
Kooksoondang Brewery Co. LTD

Turkey Wine Importer of the Year
Mey Icki Sanayi Ve Ticaret A.S.

Turkey Winery of the Year

Family Owned Winery of the Year
Rutherford Wine Company

International Organic Winery of the Year
La Spinosa

US Organic Winery of the Year
Lumos Wine Co.

Kosher Wine Importer/Distributor of the Year
Happy Hear Wines

Cabernet Sauvignon of the Year
Greyscale Wines Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 $54.00

Barbed Oak Vineyard 2009 $22.00

Pinot Gris $15.00 and lower
Hahn Family Wines Cycles Gladiator 2011 $12.00

Pinot Noir NV
The Naked Grape Pinot Noir

Port Wine of the Year
Kopke NV $32.00

Red Meritage 
Hamilton Cellars Bona Vita 2008 $28.00

Rose Wine of the Year
Trattore Grenache Rose 2011 $18.00

Shiraz of the Year
Thomas Goss Shiraz 2010 $17.00

White Meritage
Ehret Family White Table Wine 2011 $18.00

Hevron Heights Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiaz 2007 $19.99
Mony Cabernet Sauvignon/Petite Sirah 2010 $8.99

Bravdo Red Blend 2010 $29.99
Hameshubach Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 $14.99
Odem Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 $24.99

Register Now

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