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This challenge rates wines exclusively produced and bottled in select California North Coast AVAs including Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma, and Marin and Solano County. Any bottled wine labeled with the above AVAs as their main source of grapes and whose winery is in California, is eligible for entry.


Questions? Email Debra DelFiorentino


Online entry fee: $85 per wine



EnofileOnline customers must enter directly through their

EnofileOnline account. Entries on or before 3/11 receive a $10 discount. 


WINE SHIPMENT & Pre-Addressed Labels

Please ship four (4) 750 ml bottles (or equivalent) per wine entry to:


    2024 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

    C/O Express Wine Delivery

    7970 Cameron Dr.

    Windsor, CA 95492


SHIPPING DEADLINE: All shipped wines must arrive by March 22nd, 2024.


Clearly mark boxes on all sides "2024 PDNCWC". Mark boxes 1 of 2, 2 of 2, etc. to ensure entire shipment is received. Call our offices for late entry information.


JUDGING Methodology

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.  Panels will be comprised of qualified members of wine media, wine buyers, sommeliers, winemakers, and wine educators. Majority will rule in reaching a consensus. New bottles will be opened for medal-round tasting. Judges may ask for a new bottle to be poured if they believe a wine to be "flawed." Medals awarded will be Double Gold and Gold. Golds will be converted into a point score above 90 and all 90+ point wines will get a marketable positive comment from the judging panel it was judged by.  The Wine Challenge will be introducing a new approach to award designations. 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.


MEDALS & Notification

Award recipients will be notified within 7 working days of the last day of the competition.


Best of Show , Best of Class and Gold awards will receive Medals/Plaques.


A Media Kit with Digital Medals / Press Release / Achievement in Winemaking Certificates / etc.,

will be available on the website.

The media kits will be available after the results are released.


Exclusive promotional items such as bottle stickers are available. 


Only Gold Medals and above are published in The Press Democrat, and on this website  

Results will be posted within ten (10) working days of the final judging day.   



Any wine remaining at the conclusion of the judging becomes the property of

Wine Competitions Management + Productions.


Please contact Director of Wine Competitions, Debra Del Fiorentino


Or fill-in our CONTACT form by clicking below.

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