American Fine Wine Competition Awards

Gold Medal
2015 Riesling

Silver Medal
2015 Sauvignon Blanc
2013 Bradley Vineyard Pinot Noir

January 29, 2018, South Florida: After two days of vigorous tasting by 28 wine professionals, the winners of the prestigious American Fine Wine Competition are finally announced! The all-American Invitational, where more than 630 wines from 200 wineries vied for top honors on January 14 & 15 took place at the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University’s Biscayne Bay Campus.


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 are so many outstanding wines for us to pursue. 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.” 

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 these fabulous wines throughout the year. Since its inception, AFWC has raised more than $1,000,000 for charity.


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

Sue Brandborg