About the Competition

 2012 International Eastern Wine Competition & Riesling Championship

Now just for wines produced in the Eastern U.S. and Eastern Canada

Competition Dates: March 5-7, 2012


See 2012 Award Winners

About the Competition
Greetings from the Chief Judge
Meet the Judges
Eligibility & Fees (See Rules and Wine Classes)
Rules and Procedures
Promotional Opportunities

2012 Recap
2012 was another great year for the 36th annual International Eastern Wine Competition. With our new geographical qualifications we have become a truly Eastern-Midwestern affair.

Our judges were comprised of the most experienced and unique pool of wine industry professionals. Wines were judged from a field of over 800 wines. Judges awarded a total of 15 Double Gold, 73 Gold, 216 Silver, and 235 Bronze medals. Thank you to all who entered and congratulations to this year's winners! See 2012 Award Winners.


New Entry Qualification

The International Eastern Wine Competition (IEWC) is one of the oldest and largest professional wine competitions in the United States. And now we've made it even better! We've redrawn the map for the 36th annual International Eastern Wine Competition, making it truly an Eastern-Midwes tern affair.

Entries are limited to wineries located in the Eastern and Midwestern regions of the United States, and eastern Canada (see Rules for details).

Produced by Vineyard & Winery Management, IEWC is one of the largest and longest-running wine competitions in North America, judged by knowledgeable wine professionals and media from the East, Midwest and beyond. IEWC includes the Riesling Championship, which honors the best Riesling of the competition.

Entry Fee

$75 per wine


Extra Exposure

Winners will receive consumer exposure through Bottlenotes.com at no additional charge!  This is a web-only offer.  You must enter your wines online to participate in this promotional program.

Here's a word from our Chief Judge




Media Partner:

Official Sponsors:

Official Water Supplier:


Judges' accommodations provided by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country hotel


Bottlenotes - Gain consumer exposure through New Media Partner!

V&WM has joined forces with Bottlenotes as an official new media partner for all six of our wine competitions. Bottlenotes is the premier online community for wine enthusiasts with a following of 250,000 registered users, over 25,000 Twitter followers and over 65,000 Facebook fans. Bottlenotes will provide an exclusive winery benefit to all USNWC entrants who enter online by publically posting award-winners on bottlenotes.com. This is free to our customers! Should your wines medal, a virtual icon will flag your wine as an award-winner. You will keep 100% of the revenues associated with any purchases that are generated by Bottlenotes!

How to participate in the Bottlenotes promotion
Remember, you must enter your wines online in order to participate. Mailed and faxed entries may not be considered. During the entry process, be sure to check the Bottlenotes box and a pop-up screen will appear. You will be asked to provide your winery name, winery story, tasting notes in available, an online purchase link, and an image link (with specific link instructions). Please provide what information you have available. If you cannot complete all the questions, don't worry, but the more information provided the better to market and promote your wines. For changes or additions to your entry or for manual inclusion of our wines in the Bottlenotes promotion, please email your questions to Lance Derrick at lderrick@vwm-online.com or call 707-577-7700 x109.

About Bottlenotes

Bottlenotes is the premier online wine community, a place where you can learn about, discuss and rate new wines. There are four ways in which members of our community interact with us and each other:

• The Daily Sip™ our e-newsletter on all things wine, reaches more than 140,000 subscribers each day. The content directs readers to interesting people and products, new grape varieties and regions, as well as interviews with the some of the most fun, innovative and provocative people in the wine world. Click here to sign up.

• Around The World in 80 Sips™, our public events attended by hundreds of consumers in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Denver and Miami, bring together young, professional wine enthusiasts to taste some of the world's best bottles in a fun, interactive setting. These affordable, popular tastings are held in art galleries and other creative spaces, and are highlighted regularly by Thrillist, Daily Candy, Tasting Table and Urban Daddy. Click here to learn more.

• My Bottlenotes is our simple, interactive web platform that allows community members to post and share tasting notes and ratings on wines they've recently tasted. Users can also browse for other members' notes, and buy the wines through our retail partner, Sherry-Lehmann. Click here to sign up.

• Bottlenotes Mobile is the easy-to-use iPhone app that allows anyone to rate and/or share their impressions of a wine--and tell their friends and the rest of the Bottlenotes community what they're drinking right now. Users can also read The Daily Sip on the app, as well as find other people's thoughts on a wine before buying or ordering it.

More about our sponsors:

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The Wine Industry Network (WIN) is funded through supplier memberships and provides, at no charge to users, current and relevant information, about suppliers and service professionals serving the North American wine industry. The site also features Supplier Ratings & Referrals Educational Videos and business Resource Center along with information on industry associations, educational institutions and other wine business related resources.

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Claus Riedel was the first person in the long history of the glass to design its shape according to the character of the wine. He is thus the inventor of the functional wine glass. Make a journey through our world of glasses and senses. On the following internet pages you will find detailed information about our glass creations and our unique philosophies on the ultimate enjoyment of wine.

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