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July 14 - 15th, 2020
June 30th, 2020
Sonoma County, CA



This challenge rates wines exclusively produced and bottled in select California North Coast AVAs including Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma, and Marin and parts of 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: $75 per wine

                   Paper entry fee: $85 per wine



EnofileOnline customers may enter directly through their EnofileOnline account and enjoy the same online savings.

WINE Submission

Please submit four (4) 750 ml bottles (or equivalent) per wine type.


An invitational tasting will be produced and hosted by The Press Democrat at a later date after the judging.


In the event your wine wins gold or above, you may be contacted by The Press Democrat to pour your medal-winners and participate in the tasting. 


Reserve six (6) 750 ml bottles (or equivalent) per wine type.



If submitting a paper entry, please make sure you include the following in your entry form:


  • Class number

  • Vintage

  • Wine name/type

  • Appellation

  • Varietal composition by percentage

  • Vineyard designation (if any)

  • Production

  • Price

  • Residual sweetness*

  • Any other significant information


Entrants should specify class number of entry, or a class will be selected at the discretion of the Chief Judge.


A wine can be entered in a single class ONLY. All entered wines must be available to the general public.


Certain classes will be subdivided by price, at the discretion of the Chief Judge. Entrants must specify the winery suggested retail price (SRP) for each wine entered.


*Entrants must specify residual sweetness accurately as a percentage, as judges may reject a wine with a sweetness level that does not correspond to the entry form.


WINE SHIPMENT & Pre-Addressed Labels

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


    2020 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

    C/O Wine Country Shipping

    7686 Bell Road

    Windsor, CA 95492


SHIPPING DEADLINE: All shipped wines must arrive by March 30th, 2020.


Clearly mark boxes on all sides "2020 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 5 working days of the last day of the competition.


Gold medals are approximately 2 inches in diameter and weigh about 1.5 ounces. They are attractively engraved with the wine competition logo and award designation and are not year-specific. Please note that wines receiving a silver or bronze medal designation will have access to download a pdf certificate for Achievement in Winemaking in recognition of this award in lieu of an actual medal.  Pdfs will be available on this website after medal announcements.


Medals typically take six weeks to produce and are mailed as soon as available. Only Gold Medals and above are published in The Press Democrat, Spirited Magazine, on this website and at within ten (10) working days of the final judging day. Silver and bronze awards will be given but not published.



Winners will be entitled to display the trademarked competition logo on their websites and in marketing materials in compliance with the event owner's policies. Logos will be available for download on this website at the conclusion of the competition.


All winners will receive an official press release after the competition results are official and winners have been notified. You may tailor it to your winery's needs.

Several versions of the official event logo are below based on your needs.  Download by right-clicking and saving to your computer.  If you require a higher resolution version for print, please email your request to Debra Del Fiorentino,

                     .jpg version         


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.