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Now Accepting Entries for the 2019 MIWC

Entries are now open for the 2019 Monterey International Wine Competition. Early Bird Pricing applies through January 25th, only $65/entry. Entry deadline is February 15th and wine must be "in hand" by March 1, 2019. Enter online or download the paper form.

The 2018 competition welcomed eighteen judges representing all aspects of the wine industry. They swirled and sipped through 773 entries, resulting in the selection of 50 Platinum Award winners, 150 Gold Award winners and 32 ‘Best of’ award designations.

Check-out articles about last year's competition published by the Monterey Herald and Edible Monterey.

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2019 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 2019 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 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 into 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, 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. 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! Rich Cook, Director
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Thank You to our 2019 MIWC Judges!

Thrace Bromberger

Thrace Bromberger

WALT Wines,
Sonoma, CA
 
Wayne Belding

Wayne Belding

Master Sommelier,
Boulder, CO
Amy Butler

Amy Butler

Owner/Winemaker, Ranchero Cellars, Paso Robles, CA 
Tim McDonald

Tim McDonald

CSW, Wine Spoken Here
Napa, CA
 
Anna 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
 
Adam & Angie LaZarre

Adam & Angie LaZarre

LaZarre Wines, Paso Robles, CA 
Mike Stepanovich

Mike Stepanovich

Writer/Educator
Step on Wine and Bakersfield College
Bakersfield, CA
 
Patrick Muran

Patrick Muran

Winemaker,
Niner Wines,
Paso Robles, CA
 
John Shiltz

John Shiltz

CS,
Atascadero, CA
David Stevens

David Stevens

Davon International,
Napa, 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

Failla Wines,
Napa, CA
 
Revel Wines

Jon Elkins

Revel Wines,
Oakland, CA
 
Laura Ness

Laura Ness

Wine Writer
Monterey, CA
 
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