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...

Assistant winemaker, Chateau Thomas Winery

Steve Somermeyer

Steve grew up with wine on the dinner table and to this day it’s rare that he doesn’t enjoy a glass or two with his evening meal.  After starting a career at Eli Lilly & Company he joined several wine and food appreciation groups to further his wine knowledge and began visiting California wine countries which has spread to include winery visits on 5 continents.   After early retirement from corporate life he became one of the wine makers at a leading Indiana winery and assumed the lead role during blending trials.  This role lasted 16 years until the owner died and the winery was sold to a larger northern Indiana winery where the production was moved to.  Steve and wife Kim started a small commercial vineyard in central Indiana in 2014 which continues today.

He started judging wine over 40 years ago and, except for the COVID interruption, judges at 4-6 competitions across the country annually.  Steve always feels that he expands his wine knowledge at every competition tasting different varietals and blends while learning from fellow judges’ perspectives.