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!

Professor Emeritus of Entomology, Cornell University

Harvey Reissig

Wine Judging Experience-

Long Time Judge (more than 20 years) at the NY State Fair Commercial Wine Competition; NY State Fair Home Wine Makers Competition.

Judge for the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, 6 years.

Judge for the Eastern International Wine Competition, 4 years.

Judge for the Virginia State Fair Wine Competition, 6 years

Judge for the Eastern States Exposition Big E Wine Competition 4 years

Judge for American Wine Society Commercial and Home Winemakers competition (2 years)

Judge for the International Cool Climate Wine Competition 3 years

Judge for the Indy International Wine Competition 2 years

  • Professional Activities

Member of taste panels at Cornell University to evaluate wines from new grape cultivars and research trials

Annual attendance at Cornell Wine Workshops for wine industry

Member of American Wine Society

Past Chairman of New York State Fair Commercial Wine Competition

Past co-Coordinator of the American Wine Society Commercial Wine Competition


  • Wine Competition Organization-

Coordinator of the New York State Fair Commercial Wine Competition, 2011

Co-Coordinator of the American Wine Society Commercial Wine Competition, 2011-12

  • Wine Writing Experience

Author of monthly wine column, “The Grape Guru”, for The Finger Lakes Times Newspaper.