Internationally Renowned Wineries Honored at Pacific Rim Wine Competition
Best Vintages Receive Medals and High Praise from Judges
(April 22, 2017—San Bernardino, CA)—The Pacific Rim Wine Competition, held each year at the National Orange Show Events Center in San Bernardino, brought together more than 1000 wines from across the globe to compete head to head in blind tastings and determine which vintages would take home the gold. Entries in dozens of categories marked the event, which has taken place each year since 1985. Fiercely competitive, wineries vie for the honors bestowed to enhance both reputation and marketing for their various products.
This year’s Grand Champion title went to Frank Family Vineyards for its 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. In addition to more than 250 Best of Class and Medal Awards, the Best of Category winners included the following:
Blush & Rose Wines – Abacela, Grenache Rose, Umpqua Valley, Southern Oregon
Dessert Wines – Navarro Vineyards, Riesling Late Harvest, Anderson Valley
Fortified Wines – E & J Brandy, Brandy VSOP, United States
Non-Sparkling Fruit Wines – Ackerman Winery, Red Raspberry, Iowa
Sparkling Wines – Barefoot Bubbly, Brut Cuvee, California
White Wines – South Coast Winery, Dry Gewurztraminer, Temecula Valley
“The quality of the wineries and vintages tasted improves each year,” says Competition Director Yolanda Daly. “We are beyond impressed by this year’s entries, and every year it gets more difficult to pick our top winners. Watching the quality of the overall industry improve is one of my favorite aspects to this competition.”
More than 200 wineries entered the competition, in many different categories. The number of interested wineries has increased year over year, and continues to bring out the best of North American and Pacific Rim wine producers. The competition enjoyed an historic number of international entries this year with wines from Canada, Australia, Argentina, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, and even the Transcarpathian Region of Ukraine.
“When judging fine wines, the caliber of the competition matters, and we simply have the best of the best here at the Pacific Rim,” says Coke Roth, Chief Judge. “Our competition continues to gain recognition as a premiere wine event in Southern California, giving producers across the globe a unique opportunity to stand out among their peers.”
This year’s event saw several new faces along with returning judges including more than three dozen of the industry’s most respected authorities and enthusiasts. The judging panels were comprised of experts from wineries, restaurants and media outlets across the United States including every region of California, the Midwest, the deep South and the Pacific Northwest. The Pacific Rim participants welcomed critical evaluation from the international community as well with several judges from as far away as Mexico and Canada. For a complete list of judges, visit www.pacificrimwinecomp.com.
Since 1985, the Pacific Rim Wine Competition has brought together wineries from across the Globe. For more information, contact Competition Director Yolanda Daly at (760) 859-5884 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Awards offered include: Grand Champion, Best Sparkling Wine, Best Red Wine, Best Rose Wine, Best White Wine, and Best Dessert Wine. A Best of Class is awarded to the specific wine classes, also awarded are Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals. The Label Competition results in Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards in categories of Most Unique Label, Best Label Series, Best Individual Label and Special Recognition for that unique label that stands out.
While our Competition concludes in April, we continue with the joy of wine education throughout the year. We pour our Gold Medal and Best of Class wines at the five-day NOS Festival in May every year and then wrap up our education with a Wine & Food Under the Stars fundraiser event in October.