It is with great pleasure that I reveal to you, my fellow wine lovers, the results of the 12th Annual American Fine Wine Competition! As many of you know (especially if you’re on Facebook or Instagram), the judging process took place last month at Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality.

My fellow judges and I spent two solid days sipping, swishing and (mostly!) spitting and enduring the purplest of teeth as we judged over 700 wines from around country. We tasted everything from Michigan Riesling to California Tempranillo and everything in between from both well established and exciting, up and coming wine regions.

Greg Miseyko, Chief Judge and Judging Coordinator, did a wonderful job presiding over the competition. This is his third year in charge after taking over for AFWC Co-Founder Monty Preiser who still participates as an esteemed judge. Once again, Co-Founder and President, Shari Gherman executed the judges’ tasting flawlessly. I continue to be amazed at how she choreographs the numerous flights of wines and their distribution to over 30 judges during the lengthy judging process – GO, Shari!

So without further ado, here are the results of the Best of Show and Best of Class categories for the 14th Annual American Fine Wine Competition. Please scroll all the way to the bottom for the link to the complete results:

Best of Show Red Wine
Chase Cellars Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California, 2016 ($125)

Best of Show White Wine
Black Star Farms Arcturos Semi-Dry Riesling, Leelanau Peninsula, Michigan, 2016 ($14)

Best of Show Sparkling
Glenora Wine Cellars Brut, Finger Lakes, New York, 2013 ($30)

Best of Show Port
St. Amant Winery Lot #11 Amador County, Lodi, California, NV ($35)

Best of Class:

Best of Class Cabernet Franc
Ancient Oak Cellars Alcaeus Cabenet Franc Sonoma Mountain, Sonoma, California, 2014 $75

Best of Class Bordeaux Blend
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery Blend 27 Napa Valley, Napa, California, 2016 ($87)

Best of Class Merlot
Raymond Vineyards Reserve Napa Valley Merlot, Napa, California, 2016 ($30)

Best of Class Petite Sirah
Ballentine Vineyards Pocai Vineyard Petite Sirah Calistoga, Napa Valley, California, 2016 ($45)

Best of Class Pinot Noir
Bee Hunter Wine Oppenlander Vineyard Pinot Noir, Mendocino, California, 2014 ($48)

Best of Class Syrah
Klinker Brick Winery Farrah Syrah, Lodi, California, 2015 ($20)

Best of Class Zinfandel
Michael David Winery Lust Zinfandel, Lodi, California, 2015 ($59)

Best of Class Other Red
V. Sattui Winery Entanglement GSM Blend, Napa Valley, California, 2016 ($40)

Best of Class Other White
Acquiesce Winery Belle Blanc Lodi Mokelumne River, Lodi, California, 2017 ($32)

Best of Class Sauvignon Blanc
Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, Umpqua Valley, Oregon, 2017 ($23)

Best of Class Chardonnay
Husic Vineyards Dutton Ranch Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, Sonoma, California, 2016 ($50)

To view the complete list of results from the 12th Annual American Fine Wine Competition, please click here. Also, for more information on upcoming AFWC wine events, including the AFWC Gala, be sure to check out their calendar by clicking here.

Also, if you have any questions about any of the wines listed here or you’d like to share your thoughts, please feel free to message me in the comments sections below. To see results from previous years of the American Fine Wine Competition, simply click here.


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