Welcome to the 2017 Monterey International Wine Competition!


You are cordially invited to enter the 24th annual Monterey Wine Competition, an international wine competition to be held at the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds on March 4 & 5, 2017.

What is it that makes Monterey unique among competitions and worthy of your consideration? This year we will be including scores on all wines rated Gold or above for use in your marketing strategy. I've found in my discussions with wineries that medals are a useful tool in the tasting room and on shelf talkers, but that the power of a two digit score in today's age of Twitter and Facebook is of significant value to wineries that have implemented social media in to their overall marketing plan. We're offering both, so you can use whatever works best for you. In addition, we are pleased to partner with the internationally renowned website winereviewonline.com - their writers will review all of our Platinum Award winners with a detailed tasting note that will run on their website. Their reviews are read by thousands of wine buyers each week.

While the event is called a competition, we are very careful to ensure that wines are evaluated in their own context - in other words, we're not out to say that this wine is "better" than that wine. It is our sincere desire to celebrate high quality wines of all styles, from all regions of the world. Our judges are experienced tasters that have significant experience in the industry, running the gamut from marketing consultants that represent large wine portfolios to Master Sommeliers. Judges will be added as we approach the competition - check our website for the most current list.

Our special awards will include the Best of Monterey County, Best Wine & Lamb Pairing, and some unique Director's Awards. We are also working on setting up an event that will take place on the Monterey Peninsula that will showcase our top award winners. And benefit a Monterey County charity. Check in at montereywinecompetition.com for more details on this as the competition approaches.

Thank you for taking the time to consider the Monterey International Wine Competition - we hope that it's a fit for your marketing strategy, and we look forward to celebrating your winemaking achievements!

Cheers!

Chief Judge, Rich Cook, Tastes Platinum Award Winning Wines. See notes on all Platinum Award Winners Get Rich's take on this year's winners in the Platinum Award Winner Notes

You're Invited


Awards


The 2017 Monterey Wine Competition has concluded.

Congratulations and thank you to all of those who participated in the 2017 Monterey Wine Competition.

Best Of Monterey

2013 La Belle Rose Vineyard Pinot Noir
Monterey County

Wine Of The Year (Tie)

2007 Gloria Ferrer Royal Cuvée Brut
Carneros Sparking Wine

Wine Of The Year (Tie)

2014 Preston Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
St. Helena, California

Best Of The Competition To Pair With Lamb

2014 V.Sattui Winery Syrah
Travis Childers, Executive Chef, Cork & Plough, prepares Leg of Lamb for lamb & wine pairing competition at the Monterey International Wine Competition.
Travis Childers, Executive Chef, Cork & Plough, prepares Leg of Lamb for lamb & wine pairing competition at the Monterey International Wine Competition.

Our Judges


Wayne Belding

Master Sommelier, Boulder, CO

Thrace Bromberger

WALT Wines, Sonoma, CA

Amy Butler

Proprietor/Winemaker, Ranhero Cellars, Paso Robles, Ca

Anna Marie dos Remedios

Idle Hour Winery, Carmel Valley, CA

Traci Dutton

Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, Calistoga, CA

Tom Stutz

La Rochelle Winery, Livermore, CA

Ellen Landis

ellenonwine.com, Vancouver, WA

Angie Lazarre

Director/Co-Winemaker, Lazarre Wine

Tim McDonald

CSW, Wine Spoken Here, Napa, CA

Ron Rawlinson

Palate at Large, Avila Beach, CA

John Shiltz

Meze Wine Café & Market, San Luis Obispo, CA

David Stevens

Davon International, Napa, CA

Dr. Valery Uhl

North of the Gate Wine Competition, Petaluma, CA

James Ewart

Director of Winemaking, Noble Vines, King City, CA

Kevin Walsh

WSET Advanced, Henry Wine Group, San Diego, CA

Jon Walton

Failla Wines, Napa, CA

Adam Lazarre

Lazarre Wines, Paso Robles, CA

Debra Del Fiorentino

CS, Sonoma County, CA

The Competition


Award Categories

Judges will award Silver honors to wines that demonstrate above average character for the wine type and place of origin. Gold honors will be awarded to wines that rise above a straightforward recommendation.

Platinum awards will be reserved for wines nominated for Best of Show in these categories:

  • sparkling
  • rose
  • white
  • red
  • dessert

All judges will participate in the tasting evaluation and vote for Best of Show and Wine of the Year. Judges will taste all wines blind, but may ask for information about place of origin or grape varieties included in a blend. Producer, price and vintage will not be disclosed until the close of the competition. The Director may, at his discretion, recognize outstanding performances by an individual winery or importer following tabulation of all results. Awards will be announced at www.montereywinecompetition.com and by regular mail.

General Questions

Lauren Hamilton
831-385-3243
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Competition Questions

Rich Cook, Director
760-522-3167
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  • Chief Executive Officer: TJ Plew
  • Director: Rich Cook
  • Cellar Master: Paul Slocum
  • Salinas Valley Fair, Director: Kevin Piearcy
  • Administration & Computer Systems: Lauren Hamilton
  • Administrative Support: Cindy Escobar
  • Staging Manager: Sharon Pursley