Welcome to the Competition!

To make a great wine you bring all of your artistry, dedication, science and passion to the table. We bring the most respected judges from around the world to the other side of that table.


Our Judges

WE HAVE THE BEST JUDGES. The 2022 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 our 2022 line-up of Judges...

Competition Results

Over 900 entries from around the world were judged in 2022 ...

... by 24 judges over 2 days of competition ...

... click MORE to see the Results!

Wine Columnist, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle/Sommelier

Holly Howell

Holly is the wine columnist for the Rochester Gannett Democrat and Chronicle newspaper where she has been writing for 12 years. She often speaks at special wine events, judges at international wine competitions, and leads many educational wine seminars and programs in Rochester and the surrounding areas. Holly loves to teach and she has a passion for wine, food and fun people! In 1975, Holly spent a full year abroad in France, where she learned to love European wines and French cooking. After several years of study in Hotel and Restaurant Management, she operated a Cooking School in Rochester, New York, where she coordinated and ran culinary programs with chefs from all over the world. She began to study wine in 1980, and continues her studies today with the Master Court of Sommeliers in London. Holly is a CS (Certified Sommelier) through the Master Court; a CSW (Certified Specialist of Wine) through the Society of Wine Educators; and is also pursuing her diploma through the WSET (Wine and Spirits Education Trust). She is an enthusiastic supporter of the Finger Lakes wine region, and leads many tours to the local wineries, breweries, organic farms, cheesemakers, and other locavore destinations. She owns a business called “UNCORKED”, which focuses on wine education. Holly also writes monthly articles for Mountain Home Magazine in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania where she just received a literary Keystone award.