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40th Annual Dan Berger’s International Wine Competition


Dan Berger Int Wine CompetitionNov. 3, 2021 – The majority of the 18 judges who will evaluate wines at this year’s 40th annual Dan Berger’s International Wine Competition are among the finest winemakers in California.

Joining them are senior judge Wilfred Wong of Wine.com, sommelier and educator Traci Dutton, wine columnist Mike Dunne, and Barry Herbst, wine buyer for Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa.

There is a $5 per entry discount for online entries. The date for this year’s event, Dec. 16, allows wineries and importers of 2021 wines to have them reviewed earlier than ever by a panel of internationally experienced judges.

Entries may be submitted at the web address https://enofileonline.com/landing.aspx?competitionID=2833

As in years past, the entry fee is $75 per entry (four bottles constitute an entry). Wines must arrive no later than Dec. 10.

Further details and rules as well as results of past years’ events may be found at www.dbiwc.com. Printable versions of the paper entry forms (which may be mailed) are available at https://enofileonline.com/landing.aspx?competitionID=2833 or by contacting Dan Berger at [email protected] or call him at 707-479-9463.

Please ship wines to:

Express Wine Delivery
7970 Cameron Drive
Windsor CA 95492-8594

The DBIWC competition was founded in 1982 by one of the nation’s most respected wine journalists, Dan Berger. It was formerly called the Riverside International.

The competition is coordinated by Debra del Fiorentino using an expert crew of back-room professionals. It will be staged at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds using Sonoma County Health Dept. protocols.

Rules are based on research done in the 1970s by Prof. Maynard Amerine at UC Davis. Judges evaluate with an eye to regional identity, using appellations to benefit both wineries and consumers.

A salient quote from the judges will be offered for all gold medals awarded. 

Our medals include triple-gold, gold, silver and bronze. There also are special trophies for the best four Rieslings as well as other trophies.

The DBIWC uses a state-of-the-art online database that is infinitely sortable and is accessible to wineries and consumers.

The DBIWC also offers free bottle stickers, free table tents, free shelf talkers, a free link to winery websites, and free medal certificates along with ribboned medallions, which will be mailed to winners. The event also awards a dozen trophies for special winery achievements.

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