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2021 Monterey Int'l Wine Competition

MIWC Wine Judge & Competition Director

Rich Cook

Rich Cook has led the MIWC wine competition since 2015. Find the perfect wine at Rich's site winereviewonline.com 
Welcome to the 2021 Monterey International Wine Competition!

What is it that makes Monterey unique among competitions and worthy of your consideration? This year we will again 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 awards 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 social media is of significant value to wineries that have implemented such strategies into their overall marketing plan. We're offering both, so you can use whatever combination works best for you. In addition, are pleased to partner with the internationally renowned website winereviewonline.com – I personally will review all of our Platinum Award winners with a detailed tasting note that will run on their website as well as ours. WineReviewOnline’s 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 particular wine is "better" than that particular 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. Additionally, COVID-19 protocols have given us a window into how to better ensure that each wine gets to stand on its own merits, and we will implement those practices in 2021. Our special awards will include the Best of Monterey County, Wine of the Year, Winery of the Year and some unique Director's Awards. In addition, award winners will be poured at our Grand Tasting at the Salinas Valley Fair in May, COVID 19 protocols permitting.

Check in at www.montereywinecompetition.com for more details on this as the competition approaches.

Thank You to our 2020 MIWC Judges!

Wayne Belding

Wayne Belding

Master Sommelier,
Boulder, CO
Thrace Bromberger

Thrace Bromberger

WALT Wines,
Sonoma, CA
 
Amy Butler

Amy Butler

Owner/Winemaker, Ranchero Cellars, Paso Robles, CA 
Ana Marie Dos Remedios

Anna Marie Dos Remedios

Owner/Winemaker,
Idle Hour Winery, Oakhurst/Carmel Valley, CA
 
Traci Dutton

Traci Dutton

Culinary Institute of
America at Greystone,
Calistoga, CA
 
Brett Jones

Brett Jones

Enologist,
Delicato Family Vineyards
San Bernabe, CA
 
Ellen Landis

Ellen Landis

ellenonwine.com
Windsor, CA
 
Patrick Muran

Patrick Muran

Winemaker,
Niner Wines,
Paso Robles, CA
 
Laura Ness

Laura Ness

Wine Writer
Monterey, CA
 
Ryan Scott

Ryan Scott

Winemaker, Jack Simon Vineyards,
San Diego, CA
Mike Stepanovich

Mike Stepanovich

Writer/Educator
Step on Wine and Bakersfield College
Bakersfield, CA
 
Tom Stutz

Tom Stutz

Consulting Winemaker,
Santa Rosa, CA
Dr. Valery Uhl

Dr. Valery Uhl

North of the Gate
Wine Competition, Petaluma, CA
Kevin Walsh

Kevin Walsh

WSET Advanced,
Henry Wine Group,
San Diego, CA
Jon Walton

Jon Walton

Napa, CA 
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