NY Wine & Spirits Competitions Drops Winner List

By Neat Pour Staff |

If you’re into spirits competitions, the New York World Wine & Spirits Competition (NYWSC) is one of the big ones. This week, the prestigious competition unveiled their winners.

Over 500 entries vied for the top spots. The wines and spirits were first rated over two days of blind tastings. Then, the top competitors are compared to one another and assigned medals. Finally, the Double Gold recipients are then ranked to determine ultimate winners worthy of the Best in Show and Best in Class designations.

The spirits judged was handled by a panel comprised of Anthony Dias Blue (NYSWSC Executive Director), Damon Boelte (Co-Owner & Head Bartender, Grand Army; Host, The Speakeasy Podcast), Darnell Holguin (Beverage Director, Las Lap), Gary Gruver, (Senior Beverage Manager Global Operations, Marriott International), Jack Robertiello (Writer & Consultant, Drinks Ink), John Oliver (National Trade Marketing Director, Breakthru Beverage), Kara Newman (Spirits Editor, Wine Enthusiast), Leslie Merinoff (Founder, Matchbook Distilling Co.), and William Elliott (Bar Director, Maison Premiere, Sauvage & The Golden Hour).

The wine judging fell under the purview of a second panel made up of Aimée Lasseigne New (Buyer, Bottlerocket Wine & Spirit), Jennifer Englert (Director of Sales & Business Development, ReserveBar), Jim Trezise (President, WineAmerica), Josh Farrell (Wine Director, Wine Express), Nick Johnson (Fine Wine Sales Team Leader & Manager, Sherry-Lehmann Wines & Spirits), Nicolas Prieto (Beverage Manager, Grand Hyatt New York), Sam Ehrlich (Wine Director, Blue Ribbon Restaurants), and Tali Dalbaha (Corporate Wine Director, Buy-Rite Wine & Liquor).

The 2019 competition was the sophomore incarnation of NYWSC under the umbrella of The Tasting Alliance. The group was formed when Anthony Dias Blue’s respected San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) and San Francisco International Wine Competition (SFIWC) acquired full ownership of the NYWSC.

The three events are still staged annually, but the partnership allows for standardization of judging methods as well as increased opportunities for cross-pollination on the PR end of things.

The list of top winners follows:

Best In Show — Wine

Best White Wine

Three Sticks Wines Gap’s Crown Vineyard Chardonnay

Sonoma Coast, USA 2017, $55

Best Red Wine

J. Lohr Cuvée POM

Paso Robles, USA 2015, $50

Best Sparkling Wine

Domaine Carneros By Tattinger Brut Rosé

Carneros, USA 2015, $42

Best Dessert Wine

Weingut Reiss Silvaner Eiswein

Franconia, Germany 2018, $80

Best In Class — Wine

Best Cabernet Sauvignon

Ca’Momi HEARTCRAFT Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, USA

VINTAGE: 2017, MSRP $25

Best Non-Bordeaux Blend

Ca’Momi Rosso, California, USA

VINTAGE: 2017, MSRP $15

Best Petite Sirah

Cholame Vineyard La Presa Vineyard Petite Sirah, Santa Barbara, USA

VINTAGE: 2016, MSRP $50

Best Pinot Noir

Rodney Strong Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, USA

VINTAGE: 2016, MSRP $25

Best Rosé

Benessere Vineyards Estate Rosato di Sangiovese, St. Helena, Napa Valley, USA

VINTAGE: 2018, MSRP $25

Best Sangiovese

Bella Vista Winery Sangiovese, Temecula, CA

VINTAGE: 2016, MSRP $44

Best Sauvignon Blanc

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zeland

VINTAGE: 2018, MSRP $17

Best Shiraz

Shottesbrooke Tide Chaser Shiraz, Langhorne, Australia

VINTAGE: 2018, MSRP $17

Best Tempranillo

Adega Northwest Tempranillo, Umpqua Valley, USA

VINTAGE: 2015, MSRP $24

Best Zinfandel

DaVine Cellars Old Gold Zinfandel, Monterey, USA

VINTAGE: 2016, MSRP $48

Best Brut

J Vineyards & Winery Cuvée Brut, California, USA



Best In Show — Spirits

Unaged White Spirit

Los Vecinos del Campo Mezcal Espadín

Mexico, ABV: 45%, $34

Best Aged White Spirit

Batanga Tequila Reposado

Mexico, ABV: 38%, $25

Best Whisk(e)y

SanTan Spirits Sacred Stave Cask Strength American Single Malt Whiskey

Arizona, USA, ABV: 63.4%, $70

Best Brandy

Best Courvoisier Master’s Cask Collection Sherry Finish Cognac

France, ABV: 40%, $40

Best Liqueur

Putney Mountain Winery and Spirits Vermont Cassis

Vermont, USA, ABV: 20%, $29


Best In Class — Spirits

Best Vodka

Wheatley Vodka, Kentucky, USA

ABV: 41%, MSRP $20

Best Gin

Sakurao Gin Hamagou, Hiroshima, Japan

ABV: 47%

Best Flavored Gin

Watershed Distillery Bourbon Barrel Gin, Ohio, USA

ABV: 44%, MSRP $38

Best White Rum

Florida Cane El Encanto Silver Rum, Florida, USA

ABV: 40%, MSRP $25

Best Dark/Gold Rum

Papa’s Pilar Marquesas Blend Rum, Caribbean

ABV: 44%, MSRP $47

Best Rhum Agricole

Chalong Bay Pure Series Rum, Phuket, Thailand

ABV: 40%, MSRP $20

Best Silver/Gold Tequila

Azuñia Blanco Organic Tequila, Amatitán, Jalisco, Mexico

ABV: 40%, MSRP $35

Best Extra Añejo Tequila

Cierto Private Collection Extra Añejo Tequila, Mexico

ABV: 40%, MSRP $450

Best Flavored Whiskey

Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey, California, USA

ABV: 35%

Best Straight Bourbon

W.L. Weller C.Y.P.B. Bourbon, Kentucky, USA

ABV: 47.5%, MSRP $50

Best Small Batch Bourbon – Up to 10 Years

1792 Full Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Kentucky, USA

ABV: 62.5%, MSRP $45

Best Rye Whiskey

Rabbit Hole Boxergrail Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey, Kentucky, USA

ABV: 47.5%, MSRP $50

Best Other Whiskey

Bainbridge Yama Mizunara Cask Single Grain Whiskey, Washington, USA

ABV: 43%, MSRP $525

Best Scotch

Laphroaig Quarter Cask Single Malt Scotch, Islay, Scotland

ABV: 48%, MSRP $60

Best Brandy/Cognac VSOP or Equivalent

Beehive Brandy VSOP, France

ABV: 40%

Best Cocktail Mixer

Taste of Florida Spicy Bloody Mary Mix, Florida, USA

ABV: 0%, MSRP $6

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