The Largest Competition of American Wines in the World
65 professional wine judges traveled to Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds in Sonoma County from January 7th through January 10th. The judges were carefully selected from a myriad of fields that included trade, education, media, retail, and hospitality in order to contribute their expertise in the greatest collaborative judging in the US.
Utilizing an extensive process that divided the varietals into several categories and subcategories, the event gave the panels the chance to rate entries as Bronze, Silver, Gold, and “Double Gold” (equivalent to a unanimous rating by all panel members). Only eight entries were honored with the prestigious Sweepstake Award in the categories of Sparkling, White, Pink, Red, and Dessert/Specialty wines. A special category was also added that included a label contest that is independent of the wine.