Why a trade only judging panel?

It is our belief that trade buyers who have daily interaction with the consumer knows what the consumer wants and what will sell thru based upon quality and price.   Otherwise their wrong buying decisions will gather dust on their shelves.

Unfortunately the Press and other non buyers/professional tasters do not receive this type of feedback from the consumer and or their readers.  Our experienced trade buyers will sample a wine and either one of three things may happen.  The first is “I personally like it…but it won’t sell”.  The second is “I personally don’t like it…but it will sell”.  The third is “I like it and it will sell”.

Why are you also using price categories and actual retail price?

When we first started the competition we implemented pricing bands to have the wines judged in the appropriate price range.  The judges feedback was that they wanted to know the actual retail price for a $8.99 wine is judged differently than a $14.99 wine.  That is how real trade buyers buy for their business and that is how they judge in our competition.

Trade buyers like consumers make buying decisions based upon price.  We call this the "Real World"

Why Western Carriers to receive and store the submissions?

Western Carriers is one of the premier wine storage companies in the New York Area as well as the one of the largest liquor warehouses in the New York Area. Numerous liquor distributors and importers utilize Western Carriers.

We simply do not want anything to happen to your wines.

What if my distributor and or importer stores my wine at Western Carriers
You may transfer your submissions from your distributor/importer inventory to our account with no additional handling or shipping charges. Please have them contact their primary contact at Western Carriers and have the bottles transferred internally to account #707 New York International Wine Competition.


How do you award medals?

Our trade only judges award medals based upon the following criteria.

Bronze Medal- Our judges will sell it, distribute it and or import it

Silver Medal- Our judges really like it and will sell it, distribute it and or import it.

Gold Medal- Our judges love it and will sell it, distribute it and or import it.

Double Gold- All of the judges on the panel award it a Gold Medal

Do you award any other medals?

After we review all the medal winners we will poll the judges for their opinion on possibly awarding the following awards.  If no one qualifies the medal will not be awarded.

“Winery of the Year”

“Distributor of the Year”

“Importer of the Year”


Does every category get a minimum of Bronze, Silver Gold Medal Winner?

If no wine qualifies for a medal then no medal is awarded in that category.

There are a lot of competitions out there…why should we submit to yours.

This is a very good question.   We believe our wine competition offers several things to a winning winery.

1.   This is a trade only judging panel.  A judging panel that is well respected by their peers in the industry.

2.  You are placing your wine in front of a trade buyer who makes buying decisions!

3.  We are holding it in the Media Capital of the World…New York.  The media will be invited to report on the competition and attend the Press/Trade Event showcasing the winners.  Winning wineries are invited to attend and showcase their winning wines at no additional charge.

4.  We work with our media sponsors to distribute the results to the trade and consumer.   All the winners will be listed here on our website.

5.  The NYIWC gives wineries who are not currently imported, distributed in the United States and especially NY the opportunity to be discovered.

6.  We do not charge wining wineries the use of our medals and to participate in our Press/Trade viewing.

7.  You are only charged once when you submit your wines.  There are no additional charges.

How are the results released?

Because we believe in full transparency the judges immediately receive the results of the wines they judge.  We then request that the judges refrain from sharing who the winners are with people outside of the judging group until the formal announcements are made.

We will contact the winning wineries shortly after the competition ends to allow them the opportunity to participate in the Press/Trade Event to be held at a later date.

There is no additional charge to participate in the Winners Circle at the trade event!


What is the difference between Certified Organic and Natural Wine Division

This year we have created three new divisions. They are Certified Organic, Certified Biodynamic, Natural Organic and Natural Biodynamic. Certified Organic is organic wine and organically farmed wine. Certified Biodynamic wine is biodynamic wine and biodynamic farmed wine. Natural wine is uncertified Organic or Biodynamic wine that has been organically or biodynamically farmed wine.

Can I submit my wine in the Regular Division and the Certified Organic Division
No. A wine may one be submitted in one division and one category.

How do you pick your judges and are they compensated?

The vast majority of our judges come from the New York Metropolitan Area who are traveling within a 20 mile radius.  We believe there are a great group of trade buyers who live and work in this area.  These buyers are sommeliers, retail store buyers, beverage directors in restaurants and hotels, distributors and importers.  We believe each type brings a different perspective to the judging process on what the consumer wants.

Starting in 2013 we began compensating our judges with a daily stipend of $250 per day. We believe at this daily rate each judge will maintain their independence and feel no financial pressure from the organizers.


Are there any additional fees?

We take great pride in saying NO!  There are no charges for the use of winning medal images.  There are no charges to participate in our Press/Trade Event announcing the winners.

There are wineries who have expressed strong interest about the use of medal image stickers.  We are in discussion with a sticker company to allow the winners to order the medal images directly from them at no compensation to the NYIWC.

My wine is not available yet in the United States.  Why should I participate?

This is a great opportunity to present your wine to actual buyers if you plan to enter the US Market and especially the New York market which is one of the largest wine buying regions in the World.  Plus there is the old saying, “If you can make it in New York….You can make it anywhere”.  

Do you announce all of the wineries who participated or only the winners?

We do not list all of the wineries who participated.  We will announce how many wines were submitted, from how many countries, in how many categories and how many won medals.  This is still a subjective process and we only announce the winning wines.

Do the owners of the NYIWC receive any financial compensation outside of submission fees from any liquor companies?

The owners of the NYIWC have no ownership of any alcohol companies, distributorships or liquor stores, bars or restaurant.

The owners of the NYIWC receive no financial compensation from any liquor company outside of the submission fees for their brands.  We do not accept any advertising dollars either.

We do at times accept free product from our medal winners for our private and consumer tastings we organize through our sister company All Spirits Events.  It is another way to help promote our medal winners and competition.

Do you have a special freight program
We have partnered with logistic carrier JF Hillebrand to create a special freight program from Europe to our competition this year. You can read more about the freight program here. We hope this is successful and hope to expand this program to other wine producing regions in 2015

What if I need a customs broker

Please contact our recommended customs broker Park Street competitions@parkstreet.com

What if I want to pay by wire transfer

We do accept wire transfer and there is a $15 banking fee attached to it. Please email us at info@dev-nyiwc.anphira.com for our banking information.

Do you work with Wine Organizations

We encourage wine organizations and trade offices to contact us directly for any additional support or assistance they need to submit their wines. We offer special rates for organizations and consortiums who participate in our programs. Please contact us directly or have your organization contact us directly if you want your wine organization to participate in our programs.