2018 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

Entry Deadline: April 10, 2018
Categories: Wine Competitions
2018 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge

General Information

This competition rates wines exclusively produced and bottled in the following California North Coast AVAs:
Lake County
Mendocino County
Napa County
Sonoma County
Marin County
Parts of Solano County
Eligibility includes any bottled wine labeled with these AVAs as their main source of grapes and whose winery is in California.

Judging Methodology
Wines will be designated the ranking of Best of Class by Category, Best of County, and ultimately the Best of the Best as top award. The competition will also introduce a new Luxury Class, for wines retailing at over $75.

Panels will be comprised of qualified members of wine media, wine buyers, sommeliers, winemakers, and wine educators. Majority will rule in reaching a consensus. New bottles will be opened for medal-round tasting. Judges may ask for a new bottle to be poured if they believe a wine to be “flawed.” Medals awarded will be Double Gold and Gold. Golds will be converted into a point score above 90 and all 90 point wines will get a marketable positive comment from the judging panel it was judged by.The Wine Challenge will be introducing a new approach to award designations. Wines will be designated the ranking of Best of Class by Category, Best of County, and ultimately the Best of the Best as top award.

Shipping Address / Drop Off Location

Ship four (4) 750 ml bottles (or equivalent) per wine entry to:
2018 Press Democrat North Coast WIne Challenge
c/o Wine Country Shipping
7686 Bell Road
Windsor, CA 95492
All wines must arrive by April 10, 2018
Clearly mark boxes on all sides “2018 PDNCWC”.
Mark boxes 1 of 2, 2 of 2, etc. to ensure entire shipment is received.

Prizes / Awards / Medals / Ribbons

Only Gold Medals and above are published. Golds will be converted into a point score above 90 and all 90 point wines will get a marketable positive comment from the judging panel.

Medals are approximately 2 inches in diameter and weigh about 1.5 ounces. They are attractively engraved with the wine competition logo and award designation and are not year-specific.

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