The International “East Meets West” Wine Challenge Reveals

Frank Family Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir, Napa Valley, Carneros as Overall Best Wine

The International “East Meets West” Wine Challenge RevealsJudging for the “East Meets West” took place February 16-17, 2016 in Sonoma County, California.  Wine Competitions Management & Production along with its sponsor, Vineyard & Winery Management, are pleased to announce another successful event with a total of nearly 1300 wines, more than 200 entries over last year’s competition.

The International “East Meets West” combines two of its oldest and most established wine competitions into one to create the “East Meets West” wine challenge taste-off created in 2012.

Since 1982, the West Coast Wine Competition (WCWC) has annually recognized wines produced and bottled in the West.  The International Eastern Wine Competition (IEWC), launched in 1975, is one of the oldest and longest running wine competitions in the nation.

Both competitions ran concurrently.  The Best of Show wines from the IEWC competed head to head with the Best of Show wines from the WCWC.   Traditional awards were given in each division.  This format afforded each entrant two chances to win; one in its own competition and one in the taste-off for wines advancing to the top level.  A Riesling Championship was also held for the entrants in the East Coast division.

According to Director of Wine Competitions and Chief Judge Debra Del Fiorentino, “The diverse and professional group of judges was once again delighted with the ‘East Meets West’ taste-off.  In addition, they were extremely impressed with the wines that made it to the top.  ‘East Meets West’ puts an exciting spin on the challenge, while keeping the competition fresh and enticing making the competition that of blue ribbon caliber.”

The International Eastern division garnered 24 Best of Class, 19 Double Gold and 72 Gold medals.  The West Coast division collected 20 Best of Class, 10 Double Gold and 60 Gold medals.

Top East Meets West awards are as follows:

Best of Show: Frank Family Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir, Napa Valley, Carneros

Best Sparkling: Gloria Ferrer 2007 Royal Cuvee, Carneros

Best White: St. James Winery 2014 Vignoles, Ozark Highlands

Best Rose′: Blakeslee Vineyard Estate 2014 Estate Rose′ of Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains, Oregon

Best Red: Frank Family Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir, Napa Valley, Carneros

Best Cider: CK Cellars, Wort Hog Cidery 2014 Porky’s Pleasure Hard Cherry Cider, Finger Lakes, New York

Best Riesling: Wagner Vineyards, 2013 Riesling Select, Estate Grown & Bottled, Finger Lakes, New York

See for a complete list of all of the winning Eastern and West Coast wines.

About Wine Competitions Management & Production (WCM&P)

Based in Santa Rosa, Calif., WCM&P is an independently owned and operated wine, craft beer and spirits competition management company.  WCM&P has over 25 years of combined experience in managing competitions and productions using the highest standards within the industry.

The primary sponsor of “East Meets West” Competition is Vineyard & Winery Management, also based in Santa Rosa, California.

Other sponsors include Penta Water, Wine Country Shipping, Alsco, Graber Olives, Sonoma Wine Country Hilton and Costeaux French Bakery.