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Judging
 
April 5 & 6th

2022

Entry Deadline
March 25th

North Coast AVAs including Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma, Marin and parts of Solano County.

 

2.  Only Gold Medals + 
Are Published

 

This is a marketing advantage that other competitions don't offer.  We promote ONLY the highest awarded-wines (golds and above), keeping your win exceptional and exclusive.

Achieving top honors carries high prestige and offers a valuable USP for increased retail sales.  Golds are converted into a point score above 90 and all 90+ point wines will get a marketable positive comment from the judging panel.  Small wineries can truly benefit from a gold medal in this contest.  

 
1.  Exclusivity
 

This is a regional competition that ONLY rates wines exclusively produced and bottled in Northern California's premier winegrowing region to determine which wines are considered the Best of the Best.  Eligibility includes wines made in these California North Coast AVAs: 

  • Lake County

  • Mendocino County

  • Napa County

  • Sonoma County

  • Marin County

  • Solano County

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This includes any bottled wine labeled with these AVAs as their main source of grapes and whose winery is in California.

5 REASONS

that benefit you to enter

3.  Judges with Influence

 

The best wines draw the best professional wine judges who annually vie for a coveted spot to judge here.  Many are seasoned retailers, distributors, restaurateurs and wine writers with influence.  They know how to promote the wines they enjoy and can help give your wine increased exposure.

4.  Multi-Channel Promotion

 

Public announcement of awards is made in print by The Press Democrat, the North Bay Area's primary source for news and information.  Additional on-going promotion is made in award-winning Spirited trade magazine and other print publications, online, by virtual newsletters and through social media outlets.

5.  Public Tasting

 

Gold medal-winners are invited to pour and have their wines enjoyed at the North Coast Wine & Food  Festival annually organized and hosted by The Press Democrat.  This is a fun-filled day enjoyed by wine enthusiasts near and far who look forward to tasting the Best of the Best wines Northern California has to offer.

 

2020's

Best of the Best

2020

 
Sangiacomo Family Wine
Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
2018
Sonoma Coast
99 Points

Alumni Judges

Click on a judge's headshot to see bio.

  ALUMNI ASSOCIATE JUDGES

 

The Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge strives to be an educational platform for young wine industry professionals growing in their careers. Associate Judges are nominated by their peers and attend the judging process,

each assigned a panel with our highly experienced wine judges. They get to learn and network with winemakers,

sommeliers, media people and other seasoned wine industry professionals.

 
DARYL GROOM

Chief Wine Judge

DEBRA DEL FIORENTINO

Competition Director

Laura Ness

Food and Wine Writer

COREY BECK

Director of Winemaking, Francis Ford Coppola Winery

Michael Jordan

Director of Global Key Accounts at Jackson Family Wines

Scot Covington

Winemaker, Trione Vineyards and Winery, Geyserville, CA

Traci Dutton

Sommelier, Manager - Public Beverages/Wine Studies, CIA

ZIGGY ESCHLIMAN

Radio & TV Personality, Wine Blogger

SPRETI VALENTE

Certified Sommelier - Wine Buyer - Professional Wine Judge, Consultant & Educator

NICK GOLDSCHMIDT

Winemaker and Consultant, Goldschmidt Vineyards

Bill Hayes

Wine Category Manager, BevMo! | US West Coast

BARRY HERBST

Wine Director, Bottle Barn Liquors

Philip Levesque 2

Wine Consultant Oakville Grocery, Healdsburg

Ellen Landis

CS, CSW

PEG MELNIK

Wine Critic & Wine Blogger

DR. LIZ THATCH

Dr. Elizabeth "Liz" Thach, MW, Professor of Wine,  Professor of Management, Author,

CHRIS MUNSELL

Director of Winemaking, E. & J. Gallo Winery

LINDA MURPHY

Contributing Writier, Sonoma Magazine

ERIK OLSEN

Chief Winemaker, Constellation Wines

Ross Reedy

Winemaker, Truett Hurst & VML Winery | Sonoma County, CA

Chelsea Barrett

Winemaker | Calistoga, CA

CHRISTOPHER SAWYER

Wine writer and "Sommelier to the Stars"

LESLIE SBROCCO

Author, TV Host, Consultant, Wine Lover

MICK SCHROETER

Winemaking Director, Sonoma-Cutrer

RANDY ULLOM

Winemaster, Kendall Jackson

LARRY VAN AALST

Radio Host of "The Sonoma Wine Report", Sommelier, Equus Restaurant

Debbie Zachereas

Wine Expert, International Wine Judge

ELSIE WOLFE

Sales Manager, Alcohol, Safeway

Jesse Katz

Winemaker, Aperture and Devil Vineyards

Wilfred Wong

Wilfred Wong, Chief Storyteller, Wine.com

Heidi Barrett

Winemaker, Barrett & Barrett Wines | Napa Valley, CA

Alexandria Sarovich

Alexandria Sarovich

Greg Urmini

Greg Urmini

Berger-Dan-Vineyard

Wine Journalist

Hady Kahale

Head of Wine Buying, Naked Wines US – Wine consultant and winemaker - Napa, CA

Jon McCarthy

WINE + BEVERAGE DIRECTOR

FRED DAME

Master Sommelier & VP of Prestige Accounts, American Wine & Spirits

Tim Bell

Winemaker, Dry Creek Vineyard

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