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Commercial Wine Competition

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The 2016 Commercial Wine Competition was held Nov. 1 - 3 at the Hilton Orange County in Costa Mesa,California


Click here for a list of medals awarded by winery name

Click here for a list of medals awarded by medal type

Click here for the Best in Class winners


About the AWS Commercial Wine Competition 


The American Wine Society competition for commercial wine, which now includes spirits, has been held annually since the 1986 National Conference. 

Today the competition requires year-long preparation, dedicated volunteers, and a refined system of computers and human resources to handle operational details.  To cover costs of the program, which includes college-level wine research scholarships administered through the AWS Educational Foundation, participating wineries are charged an entry fee.

Judges are selected from a broad spectrum of wine industry professionals, including marketers, writers and wine makers.  A significant number of judges for each competition are also chosen from among graduates of the AWS’s own rigorous and well regarded Wine Judge Certification Program.  All wines are judged blind and by panel consensus.


Winning wines receive AWS medals, posting on the AWS website and publicity in AWS publications.  Best of Class award winners are recognized in both popular and trade media.  All wines entered are offered to attendees immediately following the competition during the National Conference and top award winners are featured. Attendees are avid and knowledgeable wine consumers, making the Conference an ideal marketing opportunity. Year long, entered wines are poured at other AWS, wine consumer and trade events.  


Commercial Wine Competition Chairpersons


Al Guber & Mike Wassenberg

E-Mail: cwc@americanwinesociety.org 


2015 AWS Commercial Wine Competition Results


Best in Class Awards

Medals Awarded by Winery



Commercial Competition Links

Mailing Label Template (Based on Avery Form No. 5163) 

Competition Brochure (pdf)


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