The American Fine Wine Competition is one of the most influential and recognized wine events in the country.
At a Glance
Over 850 Wines
The American Fine Wine Competition invites and accepts only up to 1,000 of the finest wines produced in the country. Its exclusivity is what makes AFWC the most prestigious wine judging in the United States.
Judging takes place each January at Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management in the Wine Spectator Restaurant Lab.
Best of the Best
Our 32 judges, working in panels of four, award Best of Show, Best of Class, along with recognition for Double Gold, Gold and Silver Medal winners.
The Competition is followed by a series of events including SIP for a Cause, Sipping Through America, SIP Rose + Red & White, The Wine Fest, and the Charity Wine Gala. All are ticketed events open to the public that benefit local non-profits while celebrating the participating wines.
With the health and wellbeing of our team, judges, and wine angels as our number one priority, the 14th annual edition of the American Fine Wine Competition has been moved to May 29-31, 2021.
A year-long after party
AFWC hosts events throughout the year, all of which raise money for a variety of non-profit organizations and continues to promote these very special American wines. Since its inception, AFWC has raised more than $1,100,000 for charity.
Goals of AFWC
To draw recognition to extraordinary American-made wines.
To create an environment where businesses can benefit, profit and grow by promoting their products and services in an upscale environment.
To produce unique events enabling businesses to give back to their community by supporting non-profit, locally based organizations.
To give sponsors opportunities to entertain and show appreciation to clients, prospects and staff.
To offer partners multiple opportunities for brand exposure and relationship building with other sponsors attendees and thousand consumers with discretionary income.
Why wineries love us
Exclusivity: AFWC is “Invitation-only” and includes wines that are vetted and invited by our Acquisition Board. We seek vineyard-defined wines that reflect winemaking decisions. We skip nondescript, mass market wines.
Careful Judging: Each 4-judge panel takes ample time to blind taste each flight of 6-8 wines, lingering 30 minutes for development and nuances to emerge, recording detailed notes. Healthy discussions lead to medals, scores and descriptions. Double gold wines move on to plenary judging for best of class and show.
Mix of Judges: Each panel of our 32 judges include a somm, a wine-trained chef, a wine writer, and an educator, with no producers or distributors to avoid biases. We personally circulate among judges to encourage positive, consistent and careful evaluations.
Results: We showcase best medal awards and scores (100 point scale) without calling attention to wines that lag. We will put your website link next to winners of Gold, double Gold, BOC and BOS wines. We are developing descriptive details in a searchable database.
Exposure: After the judging, AFWC hosts hundreds of wine buyers, enthusiasts and somms to taste the wines at “One Thousand Bottles”, a fantastic event that pours all the wines opened at the judging. Music, restaurants, wine, an auction to benefit the school, and hundreds of wine enthusiasts make this event incredible. This event widens the wines exposure to commercial and private buyers. Wineries are invited to participate in this event to pour their wine and take orders.
Bottles, a fantastic event that pours all the wines opened at the judging. Music, restaurants, wine, an auction to benefit the school, and hundreds of wine enthusiasts! This event widens the wines exposure to commercial and private buyers. Wineries are invited to participate in this event to pour their wine and take orders. SIPPING takes place on January 19th.
Community: It is important to AFWC to give back to the community. We work with many worthy non-profits- each event we host raises funds. In the past 12 years we have raised more than $1.1million for charity.
Education: Because the judging takes place at FIU’s Hospitality School, students have the opportunity to work with AFWC and learn many wine and hospitality-related skills. Each year approximately 100 students act as “Wine Angels” over the course of three days.
Judging takes place at the wine labs at Florida International University and benefits FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, which boasts an excellent wine program.
Each invited winery pays a $100 registration fee and is invited to send 3 bottles of their most recent vintage. Each additional wine will cost $45. Two (2) bottles are used for the blind judging and the 3rd bottle (signed by the winemaker) is used to promote the winery to the public while raising funds for charity through AFWC events.