The AFWC, now in its 7th year, is the world's largest and most prestigious American-only Invitational and Gala in the country devoted solely to fine wines produced in the United States.
Wines are personally invited, after being sampled by nationally renowned experts, insuring that only the finest wines produced are included in the Competition. Many of the participating wineries are boutique, family owned operations;
others are larger more recognized labels. Each wine is personally invited once it is recognized as being medal worthy by the AFWC acquisition team.
The AFWC is much more than a single event; it is a series of events including monthly "Wine Socials", a VIP Kick-off Reception, a Wine Carnival, and the world-class fundraising Charity Wine Gala. Each event is created with the goal of introducing participants' wines to enthusiasts in the trade, media and public and promoting those vital businesses who become sponsorship partners. Sponsors of the AFWC are savvy local business leaders who understand the magnitude of exposure these events brings to their business as well as the benefits to the community. We rely on these businesses to help make incredible events come to life.
The seventh annual AFWC took place on January 19th & 20th, 2014 at Florida International University, Biscayne Campus. The judging took place over a two-day period and is open only to judges, sponsors, and invited media.
The Charity Wine Gala, a fundraiser and celebration of all the spectacular wines submitted into the competition, will take place at the Boca Raton Resort & Club on April 4,2014. Over the past six years AFWC has raised more than $600,000 for local non-profits.
AFWC judging system, organized by Chief |udge, Monty Preiser, facilitates a four-member panel, consisting of the best possible mix of industry professionals. Wines are poured in private and then taken to the judging tables by AFWC "Wine Angels". Glasses are numbered to correspond with the individual numbered wine bottles, which are kept secret in the staging area. In order for a wine to be given any particular medal, at least 75% of the panel must agree. The consensus necessary for individual awards may well be reached through discussions led by the Panel Leader, who changes periodically throughout the judging. Double Gold medals are given when 70% of the panel agrees the wine is worthy of a Gold medal.
AFWC judges have no fiduciary interest in any commercial winery distributorship or supplier. They are professionally recognized as wine educators, wine writers, restaurateurs, and sommeliers. This is truly a dream team of judges each possessing top qualifications, independence, and the ability to bring a wide variety of experience to the table in the wine & food industry. It is the combination of judges, wines, and the award system, that makes this a unique competition rivaling all others in prestige.
UPCOMING AFWC EVENTS
WINE CARNIVAL & CONSUMER CHALLENGE
The Sonoma House, Tuesday, March 11, 2O14
AFWC Sponsors and charities will host "carnival booths" where guests can play wine-themed games like Ring the Wine Bottle, Toss the Ping Pong Ball into the wine glass, Wine Trivia, Pull a Winning Cork and other fun games. Wine tables are supplied by Total Wines & More, our retail wine sponsor and AFWC will pour some very special wines from The Competition. Expect surprise tastings from visiting wineries. Enjoy delicacies from local restaurants paired the fabulous wines. Enter the Consumer Challenge Table to see how much you really know about wine and you could win two tickets to the Charity Wine Gala! This is a fun and exciting evening for all wine lovers to experience the AFWC and help raise funds for Deliver the Dream. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at www.americanfinewinecompeition.org.
THE CHARITY WINE GALA
The Boca Raton Resort...April 4,2O14
The AFWC CharityWine Gala is a night of indulgence, discovery, and giving. Guests will delight in visiting "Winery Tasting Rooms" hosted by 30 of the top US winemakers. These winemakers will be pouring the highest award winning wines of the competition. Guests will also dine on a five-course gourmet feast, prepared by the Chefs of the Boca Raton Resort & Club distinctly created to pair with the 750 wines from
The Competition. Wines are poured tableside by 50 volunteer "Wine Angels".
Silent and live auctions will take place with the proceeds going to this year's selected charity, Deliver the Dream (www.deliverthedream.org). Our emcee and live auctioneer for the evening is Alan Kalter, announcer for Late Night with David Letterman. The stunning Hilary Kole, whose voice is known and loved around the world, will also entertain. Attendees of this fabulous event are South Florida's top business professionals, philanthropists, wine enthusiasts and collectors. Special rates for the weekend of the Gala are available through the Boca Raton Resort. A ride home can be arranged through Red Cap, a membership-car service, who are offering a special to guests of the AFWC. Tickets for this event are $300 and can be purchased online at: www.americanfinewinecompetition.org