The judges for the 2023 competition will include professional and accredited wine judges. The entire panel of Judges will put their expert knowledge and comprehensive understanding of wines to work at the International Wine Judging & Competition.
The Judges are all accredited either through the Society of Wine Educators or by the Court of Master Sommeliers. This event is not open to the general public. The award-winning wine recipients will be announced publicly on Monday, February 27, 2023 and will be listed in the program at the 2023 Wine & Food Festival and Silent Wine Auction.
The judging panel for the 2023 competition consists of professional and accredited wine judges, accredited by either the Society of Wine Educators or the Court of Master Sommeliers. This event is not open to the general public.
When there are fewer than three entries per category, the wines may be moved to different appropriate categories. Any placement in, or removal from a category will be at the discretion of the Head Judge. Judging by vintage, price, region, etc. will be at the discretion of the Head Judge.
If the judges are faced with an obviously flawed bottle of wine, no more than one additional bottle of the same entry will be opened and tasted.
Wines with more than 0.3% residual sugar (r.s.) must have the percent listed on the entry form. Wines entered in categories defined by r.s. must list the percent on the entry form.
The tasting order of entries is set in our database first by panel, then category and finally by residual sugar. Large categories are randomly split by the database so that no panel is asked to taste more than 60 wines in the same category.
The Hilton Head Wine and Food Festival International Wine Competition awards will be made on a merit basis by a majority vote. The judges are instructed to grant no awards when, in their opinion, the wines are unworthy, and they are empowered to grant duplicate awards if the quality of wines so merits. Judges are asked to evaluate the wines in silence until all panel members have finished their evaluation. Judge votes are recorded by a moderator. If there is a significant difference among the judges’ votes, panelists are encouraged to reach a consensus.
Wines are presented to judges in coded glasses. No wine bottles are visible to judges at any time until the competition is finished. Moderators and Back Room Volunteers are instructed to avoid discussing any wine brand names entered or not in the competition. The decision of the judges is final and no changes are made to awards after the judging is complete. Judges receive a copy of the code sheets of the wines they judged with awards noted so they are able to compare our records with their notes from the judging.
The award-winning wine recipients will be announced publicly on Monday, February 27, 2023 and will be listed in the program at the 2023 Wine & Food Festival and Silent Wine Auction.
2022 Hilton Head Island Wine and Food Festival International Wine Competition Results
Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 Hilton Head Island Wine and Food Festival International Competition!
A big thank you to the University of South Carolina Beaufort for hosting us and all of the participants!
The judges enjoyed tasting your wines from all over the world!
Best in Show
Best in Show White – Rhodopsin Wines - Alba Landa Chardonnay – 2017
Best in Show Red – Alexander Valley Vineyards; Cyrus – Red Blend – 2016
Here are some of our former judges. We have had Master Sommeliers, Advanced Sommeliers and Certified Wine Educators among the mix. Some came from as far away as California, Colorado, Tennessee and Kentucky!
All the wines are tasted blind, graded by each individual judge and then discussed as a panel to decide if the wine medals or not.
We generally use just over 5000 glasses last year during the judging.
Once all the wines are judged, all the entries that were awarded double gold are re-judged to determine who will be awarded Best of Show!