Best In Glass Wine Challenge

In its seventh year, Best In Glass Wine Challenge promises to be bigger than ever, offering South Florida Wine lovers an enchanting selection of wines from around the world, wines the experts agree will be best in your glass. BIG is a unique wine competition in which all the judges are working sommeliers and hospitality professionals and evaluate the wines in a blind tasting and judge suitability for inclusion in a by-the-glass program. Exclusive to the trade only.

Johnson & Wales University

1701 NE 127 Street, North Miami, FL 33181 - Get directions

Delay in Judging Announcement

To our loyal suppliers:
With the hurricane that devastated South Florida a few weeks ago and the wildfires that wrecked havoc on Northern California’s wine country, a number of would-be participants in the Best in Glass Wine Challenge have faced unavoidable delays with their registrations. To be fair to all who wish to participate in this event benefitting United Way of Miami-Dade, we have decided to postpone the judging for a few weeks, which also postpones the registration deadline.

We will announce a new judging date shortly, and in the meantime if you wish to participate and have not yet registered, we have extended the registration deadline to December 15. If there are additional wines you wish to register (remember, registration and participation is free of charge), now is the time to get us the information, and best of luck in our sommelier-judged wine competition.

Lyn Farmer
email: tastings@gmail.com
cell: (305) 968-7976

Manny Ornano
email: vino@veritagemiami.com
office: (305) 646-7036

We are honored to count on many of South Florida’s top sommeliers and beverage managers, including:

Hakan Balkuvvar, The Setai
Ian Beglau, Toro Toro at InterContinental Miami
Amanda Fraga, The Genuine Hospitality Group
Brian Grandison, Hakkasan at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Kirsta Grauberger, Market 17
Amanda Joffee, Uvaggio Wine Bar
Joel Mesa, Bulla Gastrobar and Pisco y Nazca
Daniel Rosenstrauch, No Name Chinese
Jen Schmitt, Upland
Jennifer Wagoner, Michael Mina Group

The judges will gather for a day of tasting and consideration before selecting the top wines for gold medals. Only then will the brown bags be removed and the judges will know the wine brand and provenance.

The categories of the blind tasting are organized as they might be on a wine list, grouped by price, variety and style. Within broadly based categories, there will still be subdivisions dictated by our maximum of eight wines per flight, so in entering your wine(s), consider these categories mainly as a guideline.

Wholesale price categories (for a standard 750ml bottle):
A – Up to $9.99
B – $10.00 – $14.99
C – $15.00 – $20.00
D – $20.01 – $40.00 (restricted to sparkling wines)

No wine with a wholesale cost of more than $20.00 per bottle will be considered as these are not viable contenders for most by-the-glass lists. The sole exception to this is Champagne and other sparkling wines, which may be entered with wholesale cost up to $40.00. We welcome fortified wines and sweet wines providing they fall into the above noted price categories.

The Best in Glass Wine Challenge is open to all wines that have a South Florida distributor and meet the price categories and availability guidelines.

  • At the request of the judges, the competition will not accept wines made from fruit other than grapes, nor will the judges consider wines with added non-grape flavors
  • Each entry must include four (4) 750ml bottles of the submitted wine. Dessert wines are the only exception and may be submitted in 375ml or 500ml bottles. The pro-rata wholesale price guidelines still apply – maximum price is $20 per 750ml of wine
  • Wines must be distributed in the South Florida market at the time of the blind tasting, and must be available for retail at the trustee tasting in spring, 2018 (we will have a retail license for this event and will purchase the wines from your distributor)
  • Our price categories are set by the sommelier-judges to include wines they will realistically consider for purchase. Submitted wines must fit in one of the four defined wholesale price categories and the entry form must include the wholesale price at which you will offer the wine for by-the-glass placement.
  • There is no limit on the number of wines a winery or distributor may submit however we may close entries if we receive too many to judge properly in the time allotted.