In its fifth year, the New York International Wine Competition (NYIWC) welcomed close to 1000 submissions from the United States and over 30 countries.
The NYIWC is the only major international wine competition to be judged solely by trade buyers. Each wine is judged by its category and retail price. All participating judges have purchasing power through their stores, restaurants, distribution networks, which results in their ability to have a direct impact on brand sales.
Once again held at the 3 West Club in midtown Manhattan earlier this month, this year’s impressive judging panel included buyers from top retail stores, sommeliers, distributors, and importers. The judges were excited by the high quality of known wines submitted as well as the large number of new wines looking to break into the New York market and the United States as well.
What sets this competition apart from others is that the judges know the actual retail price of the wine they are judging and will the judge the wine as if they are buying it for their company. The wines are presented to the judges in their category as well as their price range. For example, the judges will be told that the wine they tasted is a “Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 or later” and whether it retails for $26 or $39.
North Carolina Winery of the Year – Burntshirt Vineyards
Burntshirt Vineyards 2013 O Cellars Chardonnay – Silver
Burntshirt Vineyards is situated in Hendersonville, NC near Asheville and features wine
tastings and winery tours daily. The vineyard offers magnificent views of the Blue Ridge
Mountains from patios overlooking its vineyards that are among the highest altitudes on
the East Coast. Our sunsets last longer so you can savor our award winning wines that are
estate grown, produced and bottled at the state of the art winery. Picnic grounds and lush
gardens surround the quaint tasting room. Visit our website for more information and fun things to do at www.burntshirtvineyards.com
2695 Sugarloaf Road • Hendersonville, NC 28792 • 828-685-2402
Hours: Sunday – Thursday 12 – 6 • Friday & Saturday 12 – 7