All for a good cause

Raise a Glass Foundation, our judges and our wineries

support charities around the world.

All for a good cause

Raise a Glass Foundation, our judges and our wineries

support charities around the world.

Welcome to the Competition!

GREAT AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION to be held in Rochester, NY, on Saturday/Sunday, May 4-5, 2024.

Open to all commercial wineries around the world. OUR GOAL IS TO INCREASE AWARENESS IN YOUR WINERY AND HELP YOU SELL MORE GREAT WINE!

~ Registration for 2024 is now OPEN ~

Our Judges

WE HAVE THE BEST JUDGES. This year's competition has the greatest group of international judges in North America - the most influential people in the wine industry, including Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers, sommeliers, educators, enologists, winemakers, retailers, importers and wine industry writers and consultants. Introducing this year's esteemed panel of Judges...

Judges

Name Title
Alex Kolundzic Winemaker, Pillitteri Estates Winery Canada
Andrejka Gazovic Owner - VinoFeel Global and SustainabilityFY
Annemarie Morse Master of Oenology, Wine Educator/Journalist, International OIV and certified Wine Judge
Bonnie Villacampa Master of Oenology, Viticulture and Brand Manager
Ellen Landis Wine Journalist/Certified Sommelier, Wine Educator
Holly Howell Wine Columnist, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle/Sommelier
Jan Klapetzky Winemaker, Young Sommer Winery and Boompoint Winery
JoAnn DeGaglia CSW,CS Certified Wine Judge
John Salvi Master of Wine
Linda King Certified International Wine Judge, Winemaker, Winery Consultant, Educator
Lorraine Hems Wine Educator, CS, CWE, CSS, CWJ
Marin Berovic Member & Chairman of European Wine Competitions, European Wine Knights
Matthew Kristofik Past Chairman of American Wine Society Commercial Wine Competition
Michael Gelven Online retailer, Wine Writer, CWE
Michele Padberg Advanced Sommelier, Wine Writer & Co-Owner of Vivác Winery
Norman Carr Wine branding technology promoter, WSET Level 3 wine
Peter Bell Winemaker, Fox Run Vineyards
Steve Somermeyer Assistant winemaker, Chateau Thomas Winery