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2018 Harvest Challenge Officially Open for Entries


Early Birds Save by October 5

Santa Rosa, Calif., (September 11, 2018) — Entries are now being received for the 2018 Harvest Challenge, a contest judged by leading wine industry professionals ranking wines based on terroir.

Owned and operated by Wine Competitions Management & Productions, the judging will take place November 13-14, 2018 in Sonoma County, California. Entrants receive discounts for online entries. Early birds save even more when entries are received by October 5, 2018.

At the Harvest Challenge, judges taste wines with other wines of the same appellation. Thus, with cross-regional competition removed, the inherent quality of wines can be seen without the influences that sometimes eclipse even a wine of very high quality.

Beyond the determination of medals, the Harvest Challenge affords its winners a unique selling proposition – its region ranked against its competitors. 

A goal of Harvest Challenge is to learn how soil and climate contribute to the excellence and distinctiveness of wines. “Over the course of this event, judges have learned to recognize when a wine’s region is – and is not – a factor of wine quality,” according to chief judge and competition owner, Debra Del Fiorentino. 

From a field of over 1,025 entries, last year’s choice for Best of Show was given to the 2015 Estate Reserve Zinfandel from Pezzi King Vineyards. Adds Del Fiorentino, “It will be exciting to see who this year’s ‘harvest challenger’ will be for top honors.”

To enter, visit winecompetitons.com or enofileonline.com.

About Wine Competitions Management & Production (WCMP)

This organization owns and operates a variety of different competitions including West Coast Wine Competition, International Eastern Wine Competition, East Meets West, International Women’s Wine Competition, Harvest Challenge, and the Craft Distillers Spirits Competition, The Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge, and Experience Rosé. It also manages the California Cider Competition and the Mendocino Apple Show International Cider Competition.