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Winemakers! 8th Annual Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge is ready for ya!

The 8th Annual Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge is officially open for entries.

This competition focuses exclusively on wines produced in California’s prestigious North Coast, arguably the finest winegrowing region in the world.

Judging will take place in April 7-8, 2020 in Sonoma County, California.


Only wines produced and bottled by wineries with North Coast AVAs are eligible to compete. The top wines receive prestigious rankings of Gold, Double Gold, Best of Class by Category, Best of County, and ultimately one “Best of the Best” award.  The criteria to only announce gold medal winners and above keeps the prestige level high in this wine judging. Only wines rating 90+ points are awarded gold medals and become eligible to move on to the ‘Best Of’ Category.

“This judging continues to evolve as the “must enter” and most anticipated wine competition in the U.S.” adds Chief Judge, Daryl Groom.

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Competition Information:

  • Points of 90+ will be given to Gold and above
  • Only Gold medal-winning wines and above will be exclusively announced and published in The Press Democrat
  • The lucky winner will be highlighted and promoted in all facets of traditional and social media and The Press Democrat and Spirited Magazine
  • A trophy presentation will be made in front of peers and consumers at the North Coast Wine and Food Event on Saturday, June 13th, 2020 at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, hosted by The Press Democrat

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About Wine Competitions Management & Productions

Based in Santa Rosa, Calif., Wine & Spirit Competitions Management & Productions is an independently owned and operated. Its wine competitions include The Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge, Harvest Challenge, East Meets West, and the International Women’s Wine Competition. See for more information.

Joe Wehinger
Joe Wehinger (nicknamed Joe Winger) has written for over 20 years about the business of lifestyle and entertainment. Joe is an entertainment producer, media entrepreneur, public speaker, and C-level consultant who owns businesses in entertainment, lifestyle, tourism and publishing. He is an award-winning filmmaker, published author, member of the Directors Guild of America, International Food Travel Wine Authors Association, WSET Level 2 Wine student, WSET Level 2 Cocktail student, member of the LA Wine Writers. Email to:
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