2015 Winners

BERLIN WINE COMPETITION ANNOUNCES 2015 WINNERS

In Its Second Year, the BIWC Competition Sets Unparalleled Standards and Uncovers the World’s Best Wines

Berlin, Germany (March 2015) – The 2nd Annual Berlin International Wine Competition was held on March 2nd in the heart of Berlin to evaluate and judge the world’s best wines.  Close to 200 bottles from over 20 countries were submitted to be critiqued by a hand-selected panel of A-List and key TRADE ONLY judges – wine buyers, wine retail storeowners, restaurant/bar proprietors, wine distributors and importers and World Class Wine Finalists – those that have the unique ability to make a direct impact on sales.  Unlike other competitions less than 35% of those who submitted won a medal.
WINNING WINES - SEPARATED BY MEDAL AND CATEGORY

Double Gold

TBA
TBA

Gold

Cider
Domaine Felibre Givre Doux Au Gingemre Sweet Ginger Cider

Cabernet Sauvignon 20 Euros and Less
Oak Ridge Winery 3 Girls 2012

Red Meritage or Bordeaux Blend 25 Euros and Lower
Taylor 2013 Winemaker Project

Syrah/Shiraz Vintage 20 Euros and Lower
Paxton MV Shiraz 2013

Silver

All Other Red Varietal Wines
Abrigo Giovanni Nebbiolo d’ Alba 2012
Abrigo Giovanni Dolcetto di Diano d’Alba 2013

All Other White Varietal Wines
Taylor Jaraman Chardonnay 2014

Brut NV Traditional Grape Varieties
Heidsieck Monopole Blue Top

Cabernet Sauvignon 20 Euros and Lower
Trinchero Family Estates Joel Gott 2012

Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 or Later - 20 Euros and Higher
Taylor St. Andrews Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Ulupna Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

Dry Red Table Wine Blends 20 Euros and Lower
Menage a Trois Midnight Dark Red Blend 2013

Dry Red Table Wine Blends 20 Euros and Higher
Velenosi 2011 Ludi
Velenosi Roggio del Filare 2011

Gruner Veltliner
Sax Gruner Veltliner Alte Reben

Pinot Noir
Laelaps 2012 Pinot Noir

Merlot
Napa Cellars 2012 Merlot
Sulva 2012 Merlot

Red Meritage or Bordeaux Blend 25 Euros and Lower
Chateau Magnol 2012 Crus Bourgeois

Red Meritage or Bordeaux Blend 25 Euros and Higher
Trinchero Meritage 2011

Red Rhone Style Blend
Les Domaines Auriol SAS Direction Soiell 2014
Les Domaines Auriol SAS Direction Fontauriol 2014

Riesling 0 - .7% Residual Sugar
Bender Michael
Hosmer Winery

Riesling .71 - 3.0% Residual Sugar
Penns Wood Winery Bancroft Riesling

Syrah/Shiraz 20 Euros and Lower
Redhead Studios 2013 Barrel Monkeys

Syrah/Shiraz 20 Euros and Higher
Taylor St. Andrews Shiraz
Ulupna Winery 2010 Royal Phoenix Shiraz

Bronze

All Other Red Varietal Wines
Abrigio Giovanni Marmineta 2012

All Other White Varietal Wines
Sulva 2013 Kinali Yapincak

Brut NV Traditional Grape Varieties
Pommeroy NV Brut Royal

Brut Rose NV
Hush Heath Estate 2010 Blafour Brut Rose
La Travaglina NV

Blanc de Blancs
Menmade Societa Agricola Ca’D’Or Blanc de Blancs Dark Label

Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 or Later - 20 Euros and Higher
Redhead Studios 2012 Whip Hand

Chardonnay
Folie a Deux Chardonnay 2013

Cider
Domaine Felibre Givre Leger Cidre Doux ET

Dry Red Table Wine Blends 20 Euros and Lower
Bodegues Macia Batle Crianza
Les Domaines Aurios SAS Pavillon de Gaujac NV
Sulva Kabatepe 2012

Dry Red Table Wine Blends 20 Euros and Higher
Ulupna Winery 2013 Shiraz- Cabernet Sauvignon

Pinot Gris 25 Euros and Lower
Ohau Gravels 2014

Red Meritage or Bordeaux Blend 25 Euros and Lower
Les Domaines Aurios SAS Claudios Alto 2013
Les Domaines Aurios SAS Claudios Maestro 2013

Red Rhone Style Blend
Paxton 2012

Rose
Domaines Sacha Lichine Chateau D’Escians Les Cians Rose

Sauvignon Blanc
Woven Stone 2014

Syrah/Shiraz 20.01 Euros and Higher
Paxton 2010 Jones Block Shiraz

Tempranillo
Spicewood Vineyards 2012

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS:

Individual Awards

Biodynamic Winery of the Year
Paxton Winery

California Cabernet Sauvignon of the Year
Joel Gott 815

Cider Producer of the Year
Domaine Felibre

Champagne NV Producer of the Year
Heidseick Monopole

Claire Valley Winery of the Year
Taylors Winery

Dolcetto di Diano d’Alba DOC Winery of the Year
Abrigo Giovanni

England Rose Producer of the Year
Hush Heath Estate

Goulbourn Winery of the Year
Ulupna Winery

Gruner Veltliner Producer of the Year
Sax

Haut-Medoc Winery of the Year
Chateau Magnol

Italy Winery of the Year
Velenosi Winery

Lodi Winery of the Year
Oak Ridge Winery

McLaren Vale Winery of the Year
Paxton Winery

Napa Valley Meritage Winery of the Year
Trinchero Winery

Natural Winery of the Year
Laelaps

New York Riesling Winery of the Year
Hosmer Winery

New Zealand Winery of the Year
Ohau Winery

Germany Riesling Producer of the Year
Bender Michael

Russian River Chardonnay Winery of the Year
Folie a’ Deux Winery

Texas Winery of the Year
Spicewoods Vineyards

Turkey Winery of the Year
Sulva

USA Riesling Winery of the Year
Penns Wood Winery

###

COMPETITION OVERVIEW:
Founded by Adam Levy, aka the “Alcohol Professor”, The Berlin International Spirits Competition (“BISC”) is the first major international spirits competition in Europe with trade-only judges from top to bottom. Judges are buyers from top spirits retail stores, restaurant & bar owner, spirits distributors & importers and World Class Cocktail Mixologists Finalists. This guarantees that each spirit judged is evaluated by those who make real impact on product sales. Each product submitted is tested against other brands blindly according to its product category as well as its pricing category. Spirits are rated on a set of criteria including appearance, aroma, taste, mouthfeel and finish.

Award levels are Double Gold, Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Double Gold award winners are re-tasted by all panelists to establish which brands are eligible to receive a ‘Best of Category’ endorsement in their pricing category.

BISC prides itself in the fact that it does not award medals to all of its product submissions. Only 35% of submissions receive medals as opposed to other international beer competition that give away 85%+ medals, diminishing the importance and significance of being honored.

The BISC is part of the New York International Beverage Competition that also includes the New York International Wine Competition, New York International Beer Competition and the New York International Spirits Competition. Its sister competitions is the Melbourne International Wine Competition and Melbourne International Spirits Competition.

The 3rd Annual Berlin International Spirits Competition and future Berlin International Wine Competition will be held March 1st 2016 at the Berlin Kempinski Hotel.

For more information about the competition please visit:
www.berlininternationalspiritscompetition.com