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For Immediate Release
Date: July 1, 2014
Contact:  Debra Del Fiorentino
Phone: 707-577-7700 x109
Email: ddelfiorentino@vwmmedia.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 and EnofileOnline.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.

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For Immediate Release

May 12, 2014

 

Competition Inquiries
Contact: Debra Del Fiorentino, Director of Wine Competitions
Vineyard & Winery Management
Phone: 707.577.7700 x109
Email: ddelfiorentino@vwmmedia.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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For Immediate Release

February 26, 2014

 

Contact: Debra Del Fiorentino
Vineyard & Winery Management
Phone: 707.577.7700 x109
Email: ddelfiorentino@vwmmedia.com

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

Santa Rosa, CA – Vineyard & Winery Management combined two of its oldest and most established wine competitions into one by creating the first International “East Meets West” Wine Challenge.  The judging was held Feb.  19-20, 2014 in Sonoma County, California. A total of 964 wines were awarded medals.

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 for Eastern wines.

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

According to Director of Wine Competitions Debra Del Fiorentino “Keeping these established brands intact and adding a twist like the East Meets West Taste Off put an exciting spin on the challenge.”  Added judge William Bloxsom-Carter, Executive Chef/Food & Beverage Director for Playboy Mansion West, “Many of the judges have shared with me the thrill of judging the East versus West during the sweepstakes round!”

"These are wines that curl your toes, wines that open your eyes wide, wines that you just have to talk about," enthused Larry Van Aalst, host of The Sonoma Wine Report and CRN Digital Talk Radio. "The newest concept in wine competitions - East Meets West, has them all. More like an extended family reunion than a competition, East Meets West brings together the best judges to proudly celebrate what we enjoy in fine wines."

The International Eastern division garnered 34 best of class, 25 double gold, 94 gold, 285 silver and 151 bronze medals.  The West Coast division collected 18 best of class, 7 double gold, 38 gold, 179 silver and 133 bronze medals.

Top awards are as follows:

East Meets West

Best Sparkling:  Chateau Ste. Michelle NV Brut, Columbia Valley, Washington

Best White:  Whitehaven 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand

Best Rosé:  Las Rocas 2012 Rosé, Spain

Best Red:  Graton Ridge 2011 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, California

Best Dessert:  Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards 2013 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine, Finger Lakes, New York

Best Fruit:  Earle Estate Meadery NV Wort Hog Cider, Finger Lakes, New York

Riesling Champion:  St. Julian Winery 2012 Reserve, Lake Michigan Shore, Michigan

 

See www.winecompetitions.com for a complete list of all of the winning 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 Wineries + Breweries 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, International Women’s Wine Competition, International Wine Channel TV Awards, and U.S. National Wine Competition. See vwmmedia.com for more information.

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For Immediate Release
November 26, 2013
Contact: Debra Fiorentino
Phone: 707-577-7700 x109
Email: ddelfiorentino@vwmmedia.com
                                                                                                            

Grand Harvest Awards Announces 2013 Results 

Santa Rosa, Calif. - Vineyard & Winery Management's 23rd Annual Grand Harvest Awards has revealed the results of this year's competition with 53 Best of Class awards including 139 Double Gold, 25 Gold, and 432 Silver medals. Established in 1990, the wine competition is based on terroir and the awards indicate the individuality of each of the various regions/appellations.

"This unique wine competition that was started by my family in 1990 showcases the diverse terriors from around the United States," said Robert Merletti, President and Publisher of Vineyard & Winery Management.  "We are proud to be working with the entire American wine industry and helping in the research and promotion of all its regions."

The Grand Harvest Awards are based on the concept of terroir as judges recognize this influence while tasting wines with others of the same appellation. With cross-regional competition removed, the inherent quality of wines can be seen without the influences that sometimes eclipse even a wine of very high quality. Wines are judged in the context of their viticultural region in order to accomplish two things: to recognize the complexities and nuances of regional wines, and also to measure the influence
of regional soil and weather characteristics on the taste and quality of individual wines.

With the support of some of the entering wineries, soil samples were collected for a new soil display at the competition, which enhanced terroir discussion among the judges.  Soils were represented from New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, Colorado and California wine regions. 

"This year the caliber of judges increased, enhancing the level of knowledge and expertise needed to assess the wine's terroir. We had a strong set of sommeliers, buyers, winery owners, writers and winemakers, including Renata Franzia, owner of Bronco Wine Estates, Gina Gallo, chief winemaker for E&J Gallo, and Cory Lester, sommelier for Truett Hurst as well as the seasoned veterans, many of whom have been around from the competition's inception," said VWM's Director of Wine Competitions, Debra Del
Fiorentino. 

During judging, wines were grouped by AVA and varietal.  Judges were told what regions the wines were from while they were tasting.  According to GHA spokesperson, Christopher Sawyer, "On behalf of the 25 wine judges who participated at this year's event, we are thrilled that the impact of the awards handed out at the Grand Harvest Awards 2013 will build momentum for the vineyard owners growing the grapes, the winemakers who craft the wines, the sommeliers and wine buyers who follow the results of the competition and, ultimately, the consumers who get to enjoy the aromas and flavors of the finished wines produced in the famous regions of America and around the globe."

Results 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, 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. 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.

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For Immediate Release
November 6, 2013
Contact: Suzanne Webb, Marketing Director Vineyard & Winery Management 
Phone: 800.535.5670 x108
Email: swebb@vwmmedia.com

To Reach The Press Democrat 
Contact: Cindy Butner, Marketing Director The Press Democrat
Phone: 707.526.8577 
Email: cindy.butner@pressdemocrat.com

The 2014 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge is Open for Entries

Santa Rosa, Calif. - From the heart of North Coast wine country, Vineyard & Winery Management will produce the second Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge, focused on wines produced in California's premier wine growing region. Entries are being accepted now through April 10, 2014.  Judging will take place April 29-30, 2014. 

"I am very excited about this challenge. We had an absolutely fantastic judging last year and look forward making it even more impressive next time. The 1,000 wines we judged in 2013 thrilled our judges, who awarded 14% gold medals or 90+ point scores. Our pool of experienced judges includes top-name retail and restaurant buyers, sommeliers, winemakers and wine writers," according to Chief Judge and spokesperson Daryl Groom. Groom is the owner and winemaker of Groom Wines, and a recipient of eight Winemaker-of-the-Year awards. He has judged in more than 100 wine competitions across the United States.

"The judging in this contest is rigorous. Only wines from select California North Coast AVAs are eligible to enter. Those that merit 90 points and higher will achieve the coveted gold medal status," said Debra Del Fiorentino, Vineyard & Winery Management Director of Wine Competitions.

Additional accolades will be given to the gold medalists that earn Best of Category and Best of County awards, and only one wine will earn the Best of the Best award. 

The award-winning wines will be publicized in The Press Democrat, its affiliates and Vineyard & Winery Management magazine - in print, online and through social media channels. Wineries will also receive a quote from the judging notes describing their award-winning wines.

Groom adds, "We make world class wines here on California's North Coast. This competition celebrates the BEST of the BEST, and I can't wait to see who will come out on top in 2014."

The Press Democrat will continue as valued media partner and naming sponsor for the competition. Robert Merletti, President and Publisher of Vineyard & Winery Management, explained that, "A key element to the success of this wine challenge is through our relationship with The Press Democrat and its influence as a major publication in wine country. Winning wineries want more consumer exposure. They'll get it through The Press Democrat."

"The level of participation that the folks at Vineyard & Winery Management brought to the table this year was impressive. After receiving an overwhelmingly positive response from the wineries who participated in 2013, we expect that even more will enter next year's competition," said Steve Falk, CEO of Sonoma Media Investments, LLC, owners of The Press Democrat. 

On June 15, 2014, The Press Democrat will host an invitational tasting for the North Coast Wine Challenge in Napa Valley. The event will feature gold medal wines scoring 90+ points, including the Best of the Best winner. "We look forward to bringing wine enthusiasts to the region to share these exceptional wines presented in an exceptional tasting experience," said Falk.  

For more information or to enter the competition, please visit www.NorthCoastWineChallenge.com.  Visit www.NorthCoastWineTasting.com for invitational tasting details.

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 Unlimited and the Midwest Grape and Wine Conference. Its wine competitions include The Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge, Grand Harvest Awards, International "East Meets West" Wine Challenge (International Eastern Wine Competition/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, California, 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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Wine Competition News and PR
For Immediate Release
Date: September 10, 2013
Contact: Debra Del Fiorentino
Phone: 707-577-7700 x109
Email: ddelfiorentino@vwmmedia.com

Results Are In for International Wine Channel TV Awards
N
avarro Vineyards Late Harvest Gewurztraminer Wins Best of Show

Santa Rosa, Calif. - Vineyard & Winery Management (V&WM) has announced the results of the 2013 International Wine Channel TV awards (IWC-TV), including the overall Best of Show award, which went to Navarro Vineyards for its 2012 Late Harvest Gewürztraminer.

Judging for the competition took place September 4-5 in Sonoma County, Calif.

More than 850 wines were entered in the competition. Judges awarded a total of 26 Best of Class, 16 Double Gold, 65 Gold and 230 Silver medals. They also named five wines as Best of Show in their respective categories:

Best of Show Red: Handley Cellars, 2010 Pinot Noir, RSM Vineyard, Anderson Valley, $52/bottle
Best of Show White: Burntshirt Vineyards, 2012 Sunset Sippin', North Carolina, Estate Grown, Family Owned, $14/bottle
Best of Show Rosé: Castoro Cellars, 2012 Rosato di Zinfandel, California, Paso Robles, Estate Grown and Produced, $19/bottle
Best of Show Sparkling: Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, NV, Blanc de Noirs, Carneros, Methode Champenoise, $22/bottle
Best of Show Fruit: Keg Springs Winery, NV, M'Lady's Strawberry, Tennessee, $12/bottle
Best of Show Dessert: Navarro Vineyards, 2012 Gewurztraminer, Anderson Valley, Late Harvest, $29/bottle

In an effort to recognize up-and-coming young winemaking talent, winemakers under 35 were invited to submit their best wines for the first Rising Star Winemaker Award. Eric Harris of Two-EE's Winery was honored with this title, earning two Best of Class awards and 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 judge for the competition. Altieri's international reputation as a knowledgeable wine enthusiast helped increase entries and draw consumer attention from the under-40 crowd. "One of the unique aspects that was key to the success of the event was the creative, passionate DNA of the team of judges," said Altieri. "Highly driven and successful, the judging panels were the perfect combination of wine professionals from different backgrounds - a 'perfect storm' for wine judging."

Wine Channel TV is one of the world's fastest-growing wine lifestyle communities, connecting leading wine lifestyle brands and Millennials through its worldwide presence. Wine Channel TV Network will promote the event and award-winning wines with original video segments for its engaging Facebook community (32K fans and a friend-of-fan reach of more than 15 million), its Hotel Channel (U.S.-based hotels including Hyatt and Marriott), and in Singapore on the Sunrise Lifestyle IPTV Channel (reaching more than 50,000 subscribers and more than 2 million mobile subscribers by July 2013.)

According to V&WM President and competition owner Rob Merletti, "Our mission with our competitions is to help producers promote their award-winning wines, and one way to do this is to align with a business with consumer outreach and influence. Joining forces with Wine Channel TV has proven a tremendous success. The company's ability to reach a high-end Millennial customer base assures the wineries that their wines are being seen and promoted to this target market."

Wine Channel TV will host the world's first Live Wine Consumer Award Event, to be broadcast from The Underground in Chicago on October 17, with award-winning wines and a celebrity wine lifestyle tasting audience with fashion, music, art, and start-up technology influencers in attendance. Award-winning wines will be featured in original content programming for the all-important holiday season, November through December, on the Wine Channel TV Network. "An international audience, including consumers and winemakers, will be able to see and hear the excitement and real conversation taking place, with award-winning wines being served," commented Altieri. For more details, contact Peter Altieri, Wine Channel TV Network, petea@wctvnetwork.com, 847-224-0600.

About Wine Channel TV Network
WCTV Network LLC (www.wctvmedia.com)  is a leader in building online, cable and media marketing brands in selected vertical markets. Wine Channel TV (www.winechanneltv.com) produces and delivers original wine lifestyle content through a converged network of online, mobile and TV programming. WCTV Network works with leading wine lifestyle brands, trade associations and governments around the world. WCTV is headquartered in Chicago, Ill., and has offices in Sonoma and New York City.

About Vineyard & Winery Management
Based in Santa Rosa, Calif., Vineyard & Winery Management is an independently owned and operated multimedia company that produces wine industry trade publications, 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 Unlimited and the Midwest Grape and Wine Conference. Its wine competitions include the International Wine Channel TV Awards, the Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge, Grand Harvest Awards, International Eastern Wine Competition, International Women's Wine Competition, West Coast Wine Competition, and U.S. National Wine Competition. See vwmmedia.com for more information.

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For Immediate Release
Date: July 11, 2013
Contact: Debra Del Fiorentino
Phone: 707-577-7700 x109
Email: ddelfiorentino@vwmmedia.com

Results Are In for International Women's Wine Competition
Harris Kratka 2010 Zinfandel from Alexander Valley Wins Best of Show

Santa Rosa, CA - Vineyard & Winery Management has announced the results of the 2013 International Women's Wine Competition (IWWC), including the overall Best of Show winner - Rock Wall Wine Company's Harris Kratka 2010 Zinfandel from Alexander Valley.

More than 900 wines were entered in the competition. Judges awarded a total of 26 Double Gold medals, 100 Gold medals, 311 Silver medals, 225 Bronze medals, and a total of 37 Best of Class awards.

Judges also named five wines as Best of Show in their respective categories:

Best of Show Dessert Wine: Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery - 2011 Late Harvest Cabernet Franc - Chester County, Pennsylvania
Best of Show Fruit Wine: Galena Cellars 2012 Red Raspberry Wine
Best of Show Red Wine: ROCK WALL - AGAIN - 3 AWARDS!
Best of Show Rosé Wine: Mey Icki Sanayi Ve Ticaret A.S. Kayra Vintage 2012 Blush, Turkey
Best of Show Sparkling Wine: Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards - 2005 Royal Cuvee, Carneros
Best of Show White Wine: Inman Family Wines - 2011 Russian River Valley Chardonnay

Best Wine By A Woman Winemaker went to Shauna Rosenblum, Rock Wall Wine Company, for the Harris Kratka 2010 Zinfandel. The panelists gave this combined comment on the wine: "Friggin' Gold! Spice, apple, perfectly picked grape."

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 Liz Thach, MW, Professor of Wine Business & Management, SSU Wine Business Institute; Theo Snyder, wine buyer for Total Wine & More; Traci Dutton, Sommelier, The Culinary Institute of America; Jessica Alteri, Sommelier, CEO Wine Channel TV Network; and Shauna Rosenblum, Head Winemaker, Rock Wall Winery."

Vineyard & Winery Management welcomed its media partnership with Women for WineSense for its 2013 International Women's Wine Competition to help raise awareness and increase entries in the competition. "This media alliance is the logical fit," says Del Fiorentino. "Their goals and objectives are perfectly in sync with ours for this niche judging."

"Our organization is all about offering wine education to empower women, both in their wine careers and through the development of their palates in order to make more informed purchasing decisions," enthused Women for WineSense National President Rebecca Moore. "We were thrilled to provide our members with this opportunity."

Additional sponsors include Penta Water, Riedel Glassware, Wine Country Shipping, Alsco, Graber Olives, Sonoma Wine Country Hilton, Costeaux French Bakery, and Lagunitas Brewing Company.

The judging was held in Sonoma County, California July 9-10, 2013. Winners are now posted on www.winecompetitions.com and www.EnofileOnline.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 Wineries Unlimited and the Midwest Grape and Wine Conference. Its wine competitions include The Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge, Grand Harvest Awards, International Eastern Wine Competition, 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.

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For Immediate Release 
June 5, 2013
Inquiries About Competition
Contact: Debra Del Fiorentino
Vineyard & Winery Management
Phone: 707.577.7700 x109
Email: ddelfiorentino@vwmmedia.com

To Reach The Press Democrat
Contact: Cindy Butner, Marketing Director The Press Democrat
Phone: 707.526.8577
Email: cindy.butner@pressdemocrat.com

Results Are In for The Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge
Beaulieu Vineyard Tapestry Reserve Napa Valley 2009 Red Bordeaux Blend Takes Best of the Best

Santa Rosa, CA - From the heart of North Coast wine country, Vineyard & Winery Management magazine and The Press Democrat have concluded the first North Coast Wine Challenge, a new wine competition focused exclusively on wines produced in this prestigious region. A total of 132 wines were awarded medals from a field of nearly 1,000 entries.

In the good nature of competitive spirit and ultimate bragging rights, this challenge rated wines produced and bottled 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 by including only the best North Coast sommeliers and winemakers to judge.

The Wine Challenge introduced a new approach to award designations, according to Debra Del Fiorentino, Director of Wine Competitions for V&WM. "Wines were designated the ranking of Best of Class by Category, Best of County, and ultimately the Best of the Best as top award. The competition also introduced a new Luxury Class, for wines retailing at $75 or more."

Top winners include:

BEST OF THE BEST: Beaulieu Vineyard Tapestry Reserve, Napa Valley, 2009, Red Bordeaux Blend, Gold Medal, 98 points

BEST OF COUNTIES:
BEST OF NAPA COUNTY: Beaulieu Vineyard Tapestry Reserve, Napa Valley, 2009 Red Bordeaux Blend, Gold Medal, 98 points
BEST OF SONOMA COUNTY: (3-way tie)
   • Sivas-Sonoma, Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma, 2011, Gold Medal, 98 points
   • Kokomo, Grenache Rosé, Pauline's Vineyard Estate, Dry Creek Valley, 2012, Gold Medal, 98 points
   • Trombetta Family Wines, Pinot Noir, Gap's Crown Vineyard, Vineyard Selection, Sonoma Coast, 2011, Gold Medal, 98 points
BEST OF MENDOCINO COUNTY: Navarro Vineyards, Gewürztraminer Late Harvest, Cluster Select, Anderson Valley, 2012, Gold Medal, 97 points
BEST OF LAKE COUNTY: Shed Horn Cellars, Red Blend, Lake County, 2010, Gold Medal, 96 points
BEST OF MARIN COUNTY: DeLoach Vineyards, Pinot Noir, Marin County, 2010, 89 points
BEST OF SOLANO COUNTY: Grape Heart Vineyards, The Beat, Proprietary Red, Estate Grown, 2010, 89 points

BEST OF THE CLASS:
BEST SPARKLING WINE: Breathless Wines, Brut, North Coast, NV, Gold Medal, 98 points
BEST WHITE WINE: Sivas-Sonoma, Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma, 2011, Gold Medal, 98 points
BEST ROSE: Kokomo, Grenache Rosé, Pauline's Vineyard Estate, Dry Creek Valley, 2012, Gold Medal, 98 points
BEST RED: Beaulieu Vineyard Tapestry Reserve, Napa Valley, 2009 Red Bordeaux Blend, Gold Medal, 98 points
BEST DESSERT: Navarro Vineyards, Gewürztraminer Late Harvest, Cluster Select, Anderson Valley, 2012, Gold Medal, 97 points

Chief judge Daryl Groom led the exclusive event for its inaugural year. Daryl's expertise includes serving as wine judge in over 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. Said Groom, "We had a fantastic first event and I could not be happier with the judging and the results. I felt the expertise of our judging panels was the best any competition could possibly have. It was a grueling task to critique over 100 wines each per day, but all the judges had big smiles. Why? Where else in the world do you get to taste that many absolutely top notch wines of such diversity but on the North Coast of California? It's a credit to the winemaking talent and the great climate we have. Picking the ultimate winners was tough, but some really stunning wines shone through."

"A key element to the success of this event was in joining forces with The Press Democrat as our media partner," said Robert Merletti, CEO and President of V&WM. "We shared a similar vision about the contest and were able to ensure consumer exposure for award-winning wines through local media."

"We live and work in the heart of the leading quality wine region in the country and The Press Democrat is committed to bringing new focus and attention to our great wines," said Steve Falk, CEO of Sonoma Media Investments, owners of The Press Democrat. "Together with our partners at Vineyard and Winery Management, we expect this new North Coast Wine Challenge will grow into one of the most important events in the North Bay region." In his former role as publisher at the San Francisco Chronicle, Falk transformed the Cloverdale Citrus Festival's Wine Competition into the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

Winners were exclusively announced in the June 5th edition of the Food and Wine section of The Press Democrat. The paper will host a public tasting on Sunday, July 14th featuring a selection of medal-winning wines from this event. For more details about the public tasting, contact Cindy Butner, Marketing Director for The Press Democrat (see contact information above).

Award winners are also posted at www.NorthCoastWineChallenge.com and www.EnofileOnline.com.

Judging event sponsors include Wine Industry Network, Penta Water, Wine Country Organics, Wine Country Shipping, Alsco, Graber Olives, Sonoma Wine Country Hilton, Costeaux French Bakery, Vino Chapeau, Corks Restaurant, Big River Coffee Company, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Sonoma Chocolatiers, Oliver's, Clover Stornetta Farms, Spring Hill Jersey Cheese, Top Nest Designs, Screamin' Mimi's, and Montgomery Village Shopping Center.

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 Unlimited and the Midwest Grape and Wine Conference. Its wine competitions include The Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge, Grand Harvest Awards, International Eastern Wine Competition, 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, California, 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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For Immediate Release
Date: May 20, 2013
Contact: Debra Del Fiorentino
Phone: 707-577-7700 X 109
Email: ddelfiorentino@vwmmedia.com

2013 International Women's Wine Competition Welcomes Media Partner Women for WineSense

Santa Rosa, CA - Vineyard & Winery Management announces a media partnership with Women for WineSense for its 2013 International Women's Wine Competition.

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.

"This media alliance is the logical fit," says Del Fiorentino. "Their goals and objectives are perfectly in sync with ours for this niche judging."

"Our organization is all about offering wine education to empower women, both in their wine careers and through the development of their palates in order to make more informed purchasing decisions," enthused Women for WineSense National President Rebecca Moore. "We are thrilled to provide our members with this opportunity."

Women for WineSense members will be offered a $5 per wine discount for every entry as a benefit to WWS members and to help drive entries.

According to Del Fiorentino, "We have excellent, top notch judges including Liz Thach, MW, Professor of Wine Business & Management, SSU Wine Business Institute; Theo Snyder, wine buyer for Total Wine & More; Traci Dutton, Sommelier, The Culinary Institute of America; Jessica Alteri, Sommelier, CEO Wine Channel TV Network; and Shauna Rosenblum, Head Winemaker, Rock Wall Winery. I invite you to go online to see a complete list of judges with their bios."

The judging will be held in Sonoma County, California July 9-10, 2013. Deadline for entries is June 20.

Entries may be made through the event website at www.winecompetitions.com or through EnofileOnline.com. See winecompetitions.com for complete details.

About Women for WineSense
Women for WineSense (WWS), soon to be in its 25th year, is a national organization with multiple chapters and over 800 members across the United States. The membership ranges from wine enthusiasts to those actively employed in, or seeking to enter, the wine industry, and boasts some of the most famous, and soon-to-be-famous, names in the wine world. With a mission focused on education, networking and the promotion of women in the wine industry, WWS is able to offer a wide array of programs and events to tempt and educate palates ranging from aficionados to professional members. For more information and to join this amazing organization, please visit womenforwinesense.org.

About Vineyard & Winery Management
Based in Santa Rosa, California, Vineyard & Winery Management is an independent family-owned and -operated multimedia company that produces a wine industry trade publication, conferences, trade shows and wine competitions. It 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 Unlimited, Midwest Grape and Wine, and Winery DIY. Its wine competitions include the Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge, Grand Harvest Awards, International Eastern Wine Competition, International Wine Channel TV Awards, International Women's Wine Competition, West Coast Wine Competition, and U.S. National Wine Competition. See vwmmedia.com for more information.

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For Immediate Release
Date: March 14, 2013
Contact: Debra Del Fiorentino
Phone: 707-577-7700 x109
Email: ddelfiorentino@vwmmedia.com

Announcing The First International Wine Channel TV Awards

Live Consumer Tasting Event and Award-Winning Wines to be Promoted Worldwide on Wine Channel TV

Santa Rosa, CA - Vineyard & Winery Management (VWM) has just expanded its wine competitions to include the inaugural International Wine Channel TV Awards. Judging for the competition will occur September 4-5, 2013 in Sonoma County, California.

The face of Wine Channel TV is Jessica Altieri, professional wine judge and media personality, who will step into the position as spokesperson and judge for the International Wine Channel TV Awards. Wine Channel TV (WCTV) is a visionary wine lifestyle media company that drives conversation on how people talk, drink and interact with wine.

Altieri's international reputation as a media personality and knowledgeable wine enthusiast is sure to draw consumer attention from the under-40 crowd. Wine Channel TV is one of the world's fastest-growing wine lifestyle communities, connecting leading wine lifestyle brands and millennials through its worldwide presence. Wine Channel TV Network will be promoting the event and award-winning wines with featured original content video segments on its engaging Facebook community (32K fans and a friend of fan reach of over 15 million), its Hotel Channel (US-based hotels including Hyatt and Marriott), and in Singapore on the Sunrise Lifestyle IPTV Channel (reaching over 50,000 subscribers and over 2 million mobile subscribers by July 2013).

The event will feature the world's first Live Wine Consumer Award Event, to be broadcast from Chicago in October 2013 and featuring award-winning wines and a celebrity wine lifestyle tasting audience with fashion, music, art, and start-up technology influencers in attendance. Award-winning wines will be featured in original content programming for the all-important holiday season, November through December, on the Wine Channel TV Network.

The realization of this new competition is due to the combined efforts of George Christie, CEO of Vineyard & Winery Management, and Jessica Altieri, CEO of Wine Channel TV.

"This kind of marketing presence is likely to draw a higher number of entries into competition, and the winners will receive the extra media exposure Altieri and her team can deliver," said Christie.

"An international audience, including consumers and winemakers, will be able to see and hear the excitement and real conversation taking place with award-winning wines being served," commented Jessica Altieri.

"The objective for any wine producer is to sell more wine. With six different wine competitions, we are providing many avenues to get good wine noticed through a variety of niche competitions. A medal in any of our wine judgings can put a wine a notch above the rest," according to VWM's Wine Competition Director, Debra Del Fiorentino.

The Wine Channel TV Awards is now accepting entries through event website winecompetitions.com or at EnofileOnline.com. The deadline for entry is August 15, 2013. Judging will occur September 4-5, 2013 in Sonoma County, California.

About Wine Channel TV Network
WCTV Network LLC (www.wctvmedia.com) is a leader in building online, cable and media marketing brands in selected vertical markets. Wine Channel TV (www.winechanneltv.com) produces and delivers original wine lifestyle content through a converged network of online, mobile and TV programming. WCTV Network works with leading wine lifestyle brands, trade associations and governments around the world. WCTV is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois with offices in Sonoma and New York City.

About Vineyard & Winery Management
Based in Santa Rosa, Calif., Vineyard & Winery Management is an independently owned and operated multimedia company that produces wine industry trade publications, 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. VWM's conferences and trade shows include Wineries Unlimited and the Midwest Grape and Wine Conference. Its wine competitions include the International Wine Channel TV Awards, the Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge, Grand Harvest Awards, International Eastern Wine Competition, International Women's Wine Competition, West Coast Wine Competition, and U.S. National Wine Competition. See vwmmedia.com for more information.

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For Immediate Release
Date: April 15, 2013
Contact: Debra Del Fiorentino
Phone: 707-577-7700 x109
Email: ddelfiorentino@vwmmedia.com

Results Are In for Second U.S. National Wine Competition

Dr. Konstantin Frank 2012 Dry Riesling Wins Best of Show

Santa Rosa, CA - Vineyard & Winery Management has announced the results of the second U.S. National Wine Competition (USNWC), including the overall Best of Show winner - Dr. Konstantin Frank 2012 Dry Riesling from Finger Lakes, New York.

The competition celebrates all grape varieties unique to the U.S. today (native, hybrid, and vinifera). "The U.S. National Wine Competition represents the wide range of our wine growing regions, and ties in with the diversity of the nation's ethnic food and wine pairings," said Debra Del Fiorentino, Director of Wine Competitions for Vineyard & Winery Management.

"The key to a successful competition is the caliber of wine judges," said Del Fiorentino. An outstanding panel of judges awarded a total of 9 Double Gold medals, 65 Gold medals, 226 Silver medals, 184 Bronze medals and 22 Best of Class. Judges also named four wines as Best of Show in their respective categories:

Best of Show Red: Haywood Winery 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Los Chamizal, Sonoma, California
Best of Show Rosé: Detour Winery 2011 Meadow Breeze, Detour, Maryland
Best of Show Sparkling: Sparkling Pointe 2008 Brut Seduction, Long Island, New York
Best of Show White: Dr. Konstantin Frank 2012 Dry Riesling, Finger Lakes, New York

According to Robert Merletti, President and Publisher of Vineyard & Winery Management, "Our mission is to provide the North American wine industry with the necessary tools to achieve success and sustainability through multiple pathways. One path is by awarding excellence with wine competition medals to help wineries boost sales and increase their exposure in today's competitive wine marketplace."

Full results are posted on www.EnofileOnline.com and Vineyard & Winery Management's wine competition website at winecompetitions.com.

About Vineyard & Winery Management 
Based in Santa Rosa, California, Vineyard & Winery Management is an independent family-owned and operated multimedia company that produces a wine industry trade publication, conferences, trade shows and wine competitions. It 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 Unlimited, Midwest Grape and Wine, and Winery DIY. Its wine competitions include The Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge, Grand Harvest Awards, International Eastern Wine Competition, International Wine Channel TV Awards, International Women's Wine Competition, West Coast Wine Competition, and U.S. National Wine Competition. See vwmmedia.com for more information.

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For Immediate Release

February 26, 2013

Inquiries About Contest Details
Contact: Suzanne Webb, Marketing Director
Vineyard & Winery Management
Phone: 800.535.5670 x108
Email: swebb@vwmmedia.com

To Reach The Press Democrat
Contact: Cindy Butner, Marketing Director
The Press Democrat
Phone: 707.526.8577
Email: cindy.butner@pressdemocrat.com

The Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

Santa Rosa, CA - From the heart of North Coast wine country, Vineyard & Winery Management and The Press Democrat announce the first North Coast Wine Challenge, a new wine competition focused exclusively on wines produced in this prestigious region.

"Wines produced in the North Coast are arguably the best in North America, if not the world," says Wine Industry Network and Vineyard & Winery Management CEO George Christie. "This competition is meant to highlight the best of each county and ultimately, the entire region. The event will target both established and new producers and position itself as the most competitive and challenging wine competition in North America."

The competition will open for entries on February 26, 2013, with a deadline of May 10. The judging will take place May 29-30, 2013. For more information or to enter the competition please visit NorthCoastWineChallenge.com.

In the good nature of competitive spirit and ultimate bragging rights, this challenge will rate wines produced only in North Coast AVAs. And the North Coast will be their own jury in the decision-making, by including only the best North Coast sommeliers and winemakers to judge.

"We live and work in the heart of the leading quality wine region in the country and The Press Democrat is committed to bringing new focus and attention to our great wines," said Steve Falk, CEO of Sonoma Media Investments, owners of The Press Democrat. "Going forward, the event will officially be called The Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge." In his former role as publisher at the San Francisco Chronicle, Steve transformed the Cloverdale Citrus Festival's Wine Competition into the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

Introducing Best of Class Wines
The Wine Challenge will be introducing a new approach to award designations, according to Debra Del Fiorentino, Director of Wine Competitions for VWM. "Wines will be designated the ranking of Best of Class by Category, Best of County, and ultimately the Best of the Best as top award." She said the competition will also introduce a new Luxury Class, for wines retailing at $75 or more.

"We wanted a new structure to simply recognize wines that stood out as exceptional, and from that group, to determine this year's Best of the Best," Del Fiorentino said.

Daryl Groom has been recruited as chief judge to lead the exclusive event for its inaugural year. Daryl comes with incredible expertise. He has judged over 150 wine shows across the United States and has made many award-winning wines

in California's North Coast and his native Australia. He has been named Winemaker of the Year by eight publications including the San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times. "Daryl is not only one of the most talented and respected

winemakers in the region, he's one of the best on the planet," said Christie. "We are honored to have him as a part of the North Coast Wine Challenge."

The Press Democrat joins as Partner
Now under new local ownership, The Press Democrat has enthusiastically partnered with VWM to promote competition awareness and spotlight the winning wines. Falk said the newspaper's new ownership is committed to increasing its support and coverage of the region's wine industry. "Having The Press Democrat as a part of this is incredible," said Christie. "They're the perfect media partner and the exposure that winning wineries will experience as a result will make an impact on their business."

About Vineyard & Winery Management
Based in Santa Rosa, Calif., Vineyard & Winery Management is an independently owned and operated multimedia company that produces wine industry trade publications, 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 Unlimited and the Midwest Grape and Wine Conference. Its wine competitions include The Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge, Grand Harvest Awards, International Eastern Wine Competition, International Women's Wine Competition, West Coast Wine Competition, 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.

About Wine Industry Network
The Wine Industry Network (WIN) is a comprehensive Internet marketplace and resource site specifically created to help wine industry professionals more effectively and efficiently locate and connect with suppliers. WIN is dedicated to the business of wine and to providing information crucial to the success of the entire wine industry. www.WineIndustryNetwork.com.

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For Immediate Release
Date: February 21, 2013
Contact: Debra Del Fiorentino
Phone: 707-577-7700 x109
Email: ddelfiorentino@vwmmedia.com
 

Results Are In for International Eastern Wine Competition & Riesling Challenge
21 Brix Winery 2011 Vidal Ice Wine Wins Best of Show

Santa Rosa, CA - The Vineyard & Winery Management Group has announced the results of the 37th Annual International Eastern Wine Competition and Riesling Championship (IEWC), including the overall Best of Show winner - 21 Brix Winery 2011 Vidal Ice Wine from Lake Erie.

More than 1,150 wines were entered in the competition. Although the spotlight is on wines from the Eastern and Midwestern regions of the United States and Eastern Canada, due to overwhelming demand from wineries outside the defined IEWC regions, this year the competition was opened to all international wine producing regions. The gold and double-gold wines were judged separately by region: Eastern US and Canada, or all other regions. Medals for each of these two separate regions were awarded for Best of Class and Best Riesling. Also, as in the past, a taste-off was held to determine the Best Riesling.

"The wines in this year's competition were simply stunning," said Debra Del Fiorentino, Director of Wine Competitions for Vineyard & Winery Management Group. "Our panel of judges, a diverse collection of wine media, educators, and vintners from both the east and west coasts, noted that the winning wines were elegant, exemplary examples of the varietals. We couldn't have been happier with the results."

Judges awarded a total of 15 Double Gold medals, 104 Gold medals, 298 Silver medals, 308 Bronze medals and 35 Best of Class. Judges also named five wines as Best of Show in their respective categories: 

Best of Show Fruit: St. James Winery NV Strawberry Wine

Best of Show Red: Sunset Hills Vineyard 2010 Cabernet Franc

Best of Show Rosé: Wollersheim Winery 2012 Prairie Blush

Best of Show Sparkling: Sparkling Point 2008 Blanc de Noirs

Best of Show White: CAB Cellars/Laurentide Winery 2011 Riesling 

The winner of the Riesling Challenge/Best Riesling was CAB Cellars/Laurentide Winery 2011 Riesling.

Full results are now posted on EnofileOnline.com or you may also visit the Vineyard & Winery Management website at vwm-online.com.

Vineyard & Winery Management

Based in Santa Rosa, California, Vineyard & Winery Management is an independently owned and operated multimedia company that produces wine industry trade publications, 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, and the Winedex (Wine Industry Index) buyer's guide. V&WM's conferences and trade shows include Wineries Unlimited, the Midwest Grape and Wine Conference, and Winery DIY (formerly Wine Sales Summit). Its wine competitions include the Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge, Grand Harvest Awards, International Eastern Wine Competition, NextGen Wine Competition for Millennial Wine Drinkers, International Women's Wine Competition, West Coast Wine Competition, and U.S. National Wine Competition. See vwmmedia.com for more information.   
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