Early Bird Entry Deadline is May 3rd.
Sunset showcases the Western region’s unique lifestyle and noteworthy destinations, inspiring readers to achieve the dream of living in the West. Begun in 2012 to highlight wines that best fit that Western lifestyle, the highly regarded 2019 Sunset International Wine Competition will take place in Sonoma County, California, beginning Monday, May 13, 2019. Registration is still open for all table, sparkling, fortified, fruit, and specialty wines. They must be made in any wine producing region of the world that meet the applicable federal legal requirements for sale in the United States.
Now under the guidance of Wine Competitions Production & Management (WCP&M), which is owned and operated by Debra Del Fiorentino, this year’s competition will feature honorary judge Jean-Charles Boisset, the iconic proprietor of the Boisset Collection. Boisset is hosting the judges dinner at his quintessential California winery, Buena Vista. Says an enthusiastic Del Fiorentino, “Judges who are coming from across the US will get to see this iconic winery. He [Boisset] always puts on a great show.”
Says Del Fiorentino, “We think Sunset is the most prestigious competition in the US. We have the most respected and best judges, and we are continuing the legacy and stepping it up a notch.” Her company runs other competitions, and she proudly notes, “We’ve been doing this for many years, and our team run everything like clockwork. The Competition is flawless.”
The Sunset International Wine Competition is juried by a carefully curated set of judges who bring an understanding of the Western palate and lifestyle. Says Del Fiorentino, “We pride ourselves in hand-picking a seasoned panel of retailers, distributors, restaurateurs, winemakers and wine writers, who collectively represent a remarkable sphere of influence for winning wine brands. Judges are among the most experienced wine professionals, including Master Sommeliers and Masters of Wine.”
A key component of this competition is its ability to include winning wines as part of the most influential wine program in the country. Sunset, the undisputed leading media brand of the Western ethos, has an extremely strong appeal to wine consumers: 96% of subscribers drink wine regularly and 92% agree that wine is one of the special pleasures in life. It is estimated that Sunset readers drink 60 million glasses of wine weekly!
The magazine is committed to promoting its winners in ways that no other competition can. Winners of the 2019 competition will be prominently featured in the October edition of Sunset magazine. Make sure your wines are included in this unique competition.