The American Fine Wine Competition Announces Results from the 11th Annual Judging

January 22, 2018, South Florida: Announced today were the winners of the prestigious American Fine Wine Competition, where more than 630 wines from 200 wineries vied for top honors in the invitation-only event. The Judging — conducted by a 28-member blue ribbon panel of wine industry journalists,educators, restaurateurs, retailers, and top sommeliers from across the country — was held January 14 & 15 at the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University in North Miami.

Co-founder and President Shari Gherman said, “This may be the one wine competition, since it is by invitation only, that places quality over quantity. We are very pleased that there were so many outstanding wines for us to pursue this year. Ten years of careful scouting and judging means this competition starts where others end, with many highly pedigreed wines.”

Four-judge panels evaluate, describe, debate and assign medals. “They take their time and really care about getting it right” observed Greg Miseyko, Chief Judge and Judging Coordinator. Wines earn Gold, Silver or Bronze medals and “Double Gold” honors when every judge agrees the wine deserves a Gold Medal. Miseyko added “We want to point the public to America’s finest wines, to become the most trusted source of information about finding quality wines.”


The 2018 Top Awards






Sparkling Wine

Domaine Carneros 2011 Le Reve, Carneros ($110)


White Wine

Fox Run Vineyards 2015 Riesling, Finger Lakes ($18)


Red Wine

Carol Shelton Wines 2013 Petite Sirah “Florence”, Dry Creek ($40)


Sweet/Dessert Wine

Ferrante Winery Vidal Blanc Ice Wine, Ohio 2016 ($30)




Sauvignon Blanc: TIE!  Hoopes Family Vineyard 2016 $35

and Kelleher Family Vineyard 2016 $34


Chardonnay: Eleven Eleven Wines 2015 $95


Dry Rosé: Shadowbox Cellars 2016 $35


Pinot Noir: Mi Sueno Winery 2013 $55


Zinfandel: Brown Estate Chiles Valley 2015 $55


Cabernet Franc: Detert Family Vineyards 2015 $95


Merlot: Muscardini Cellars 2015 $60


Syrah: Klinker Brick “Farrah” 2014 $65


Red Bordeaux-style Blend: Ahnfeldt Wines “Quid Pro Quo” 2015 $59


Cabernet Sauvignon: Frank Family Vineyards Rutherford Reserve 2015 $95


Other Red Single Varietal: VIE Winery “L’Intruse” Mourvedre 2014 $45


Grenache VIE Winery “L’Imaginaire” 2014 $45


Other White Single Varietal: Reustle-Prayer Rock Vyds, Gruner Veltliner “Smaragd” 2015 $25


Other Red Blend: Buena Vista “The Sheriff” 2016 $40


The complete list of results will be announced on Monday, January 29.

For wineries interested in participating, please contact

On Saturday, May 5, the top winners will be showcased at the American Fine Wine Competition Charity Gala at Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale. Many of the winemakers, plus four iconic AFWC “Vintners and Winemakers of the Year,” will be in attendance. The Gala benefits the Autism Society of Florida.


About the American Fine Wine Competition & Gala (AFWC)

The AFWC, which began in 2007, has become the most influential wine invitational in the country. The competition takes place each January, and is followed by the annual Charity Wine Gala in the Spring. A series of Wine & Business after Hours events that raise money for a variety of non-profits continue to promote the wines throughout the year. Since its inception, AFWC has raised more than $1,000,000 for local charities.


About FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management

Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management has been distinguished as one of the top hospitality programs in the U.S. More than 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students from across the United States and around the world choose FIU for its outstanding reputation, advantageous campus locations, expert faculty, rich curriculum, and fast-track career opportunities in the international hotel, foodservice and tourism industries.  For more information about Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, visit



Shari Gherman, President

American Fine Wine Competition

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