Winners Announced for 2nd Annual New York World Wine & Spirits Competition

The results are in! Judges have announced the winners of the Wine & Spirits competition featured at the 13th Annual Bar and Restaurant Show on June 27th.

Online PR News – 29-June-2012 – New York – The results are in! The distinguished panel of judges has announced the prize winners at The 2nd Annual New York World Wine and Spirits Competition, as well as Best in Show. The judges made their selections from well over 400 entries. The Tasting Panel’s Anthony Dias Blue, director of The San Francisco International Wine Competition and the San Francisco World Spirits and International Wine Competitions, led the panel.

Best in Show and Gold Medal Spirits:

• Blackwater Distilling Inc., Sloop Betty Vodka USA, Gold, Best Vodka in Show
• Louis Royer , Louis Royer Force 53 VSOP Cognac France, Gold,
• Sazerac Company Inc., Blanton's Single Barrel Kentucky Bourbon USA, Gold,
• Sazerac Company Inc., Naked Jay Big Dill Pickle Vodka USA, Gold, Best Flavored Vodka in Show
• Sazerac Company Inc., Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey USA, Double Gold, Best Bourbon in Show
• Dictador, Dictador Distillery Icon Reserve 20 Yr. Rum Colombia, Gold, Best Rum in Show
• Diageo, Benmore Four Casks Scotch Whisky Scotland, Double Gold, Best Scotch in Show
• Diageo, Bulleit Bourbon Frontier Whiskey USA, Double Gold,
• Bibo International LLC, Soul Premium Cachaca, Brazil, Gold, Best Cachaca in Show
• Anchor Brewing Co., Junipero Gin , Gold, Best Gin in Show
• Anchor Brewing Co., Luxardo Amaro Abano Liqueur, Double Gold, Best Liqueur in Show
• Anchor Brewing Co., Lepanto Brandy PX , Double Gold, Best Brandy in Show; Best Brown Spirit in Show
• MHW/ La Casa Mezcal, Dona Sarita Mezcal Mexico, Double Gold, Best Mezcal in Show; Best White Spirit in Show
• Premium Mezcales LLC, Sacacuento Anejo Mezcal Mexico, Double Gold,
• El Capo, El Capo Platinum Tequila Mexico, Double Gold, Best Tequila in Show

Best in Show and Gold Medal Wines:

• Heron Wines , Heron Wines 2011 Chardonnay, California, USA , Gold ,
• Rutherford Wine Company , Lander-Jenkins 2011 Chardonnay, Spirit Hawk, California, USA , Gold , Best Chardonnay In Show
• EJ Gallo , Barefoot Bubbly Blanc de Blanc, Premium Extra Dry, California USA , Gold ,
• Echelon Vineyards , Echelon Vineyards 2010 Pinot Noir, Collection, Russian River Valley USA , Double Gold , Best Pinot Noir in Show
• Col Solare , Col Solare 2008 Red Blend, Columbia Valley USA , Gold ,
• Dr. Konstantin Frank , Chateau Frank 2006 Blanc de Noirs, Finger Lakes USA , Gold , Best Sparkling Wine in Show
• Boyanci Wine , Boyanci 2009 Red Blend, Stagecoach, Napa Valley USA , Gold , Best Red Blend In Show & Best Red Wine in Show
• Boyanci Wine , Boyanci 2009 InSpire Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley USA , Gold ,
• Candia Vineyards , Candia Vineyards 2011 Ice Storm, New Hampshire USA , Gold , Best Late Harvest in Show (White)
• Hiro Sake LLC , Hiro 2011 Junmai Sake, Niigata Japan , Double Gold , Best Sake in Show
• Hiro Sake LLC , Hiro 2011 Junmai Ginjo Sake, Niigata Japan , Gold ,
• Coyote Moon Vineyards , Coyote Moon Vineyards 2011 La Crescent, NYS, , Gold , Best White Hybrid in Show
• Bartenura , Bartenura Sparkling Moscato Italy , Gold ,
• Deutsch Family Wine and Spirits , Yellow Tail Moscato Australia , Gold , Best White Wine in Show & Best Muscat in Show
• William Hill Estate Winery , 2010 Chardonnay, Napa Valley, Gold
• William Hill Estate Winery, 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, , Gold , Best Cabernet Sauvignon in Show

For more information and a complete list of results—gold, silver and bronze medals in each category awarded—please visit

In addition to bragging rights, winning spirits, and white, red, rose, sparkling, fortified and “miscellaneous” wines will gain increased exposure, greater recognition over their competitors and have an opportunity to use their prize in their marketing.

Bar and Restaurant Show organizer Steven Wesler of RDP Group adds, “We were pleased to have an authority of Anthony’s caliber and his team of judges working with us. Under his direction, we’re happy to have the 2nd Annual New York World Wine and Spirits Competition join the greatest world-class beverage competitions.”

Competition Director Anthony Dias Blue is a leading food, wine, spirits and travel authority recognized worldwide with more than 20,000,000 readers and listeners each month across his print, radio and online audiences. He is the owner of industry bible The Tasting Panel magazine and frequent contributor to other publications such as Decanter, Robb Report and C Magazine. His James Beard award-winning commentaries, “The Blue Lifestyle Minute,” are broadcast weekly across the nation.

The judges and their affiliations were:

• Michael Feil, GM/Wine Buyer, Westchester Country Club
• Orr Reches, Head Sommelier, Corton
• Zita Keeley, All I Do is Wine
• Tim Campbell, Founding & Managing Partner, New Vision Wine
• Olivier Defeu, Beverage Director, Junoon Restaurant
• Charles Mara, President, The Mara Wine Group
• Michael Schaefer, CWE, Director, Society of Wine Educators
• Jules Bianciardi, Wine & Beverage Manager, Landmarc Tribeca
• Philip Kampe, Wine Journalist, The Wine Hub
• Anthony Dias Blue, Wine & Spirits Editor, Blue Lifestyle & Tasting Panel Magazine
• Scott Rosenbaum, VP of Procurement, Vitis
• Jeffrey Pogash, The Cocktail Guru
• Brian Van Flandern, Owner, Creative Cocktail Consultants
• Frank Cisneros, Beverage Director & Co-Owner, Bourgeois Pig & Gin Palace
• Bill Marsano, Poured With Pleasure
• Max Messier, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
• Pamela Wiznitzer, Blogger/ Bartender, Liquid Encouragement Blog / L'oubli Gourmet Bar
• Stephanie Schneider, Co-Owner & Beverage Director, Huckleberry Bar
• Ivy Mix, Clover Club/ Speed Rack, Bartender/ Founder

The Bar and Restaurant Show took place June 26-27 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 38th Street and 11th Avenue, New York, NY 10001.

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