2006 Competition

The 25th annual Riverside International Wine Competition was staged on April 28-30. A panel of 48 distinguished wine professionals was assembled to judge the wines this year, including most of last year’s panel. The links to your left will take you to the judge list for 2006 as well as the competition results.

Press release
RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Kendall-Jackson was the major winner Sunday at the 25th annual Riverside International Wine Competition, staged at Riverside Community Hospital’s Health Education Center, winning Winery of the Year honors.

K-J, based in Santa Rosa, Calif., entered 20 wines and won 19 medals including a Chairman’s Award (unanimous gold), three more gold medals, and 11 silver medals.

The Value Winery of the Year title was awarded to Fetzer Vineyards, which entered 10 wines and earned medals for each wine, including a Chairman’s Award, two golds and five silvers, and with nine of the 10 wines sell for $9 a bottle.

The Small Winery of the Year Award went to Carol Shelton Wines, which entered five wines, winning three golds and two silvers.

The five sweepstakes winners included wines from Ohio, Napa, Mendocino and Temecula.

The major winners:

  • Sweepstakes Sparkling: NV DVX, Mumm Napa, Napa Valley ($45)
  • Sweepstakes White Wine: 2005 Ferrante Wine Farm Riesling, Grand River Valley, Ohio “Golden Bunches” ($15)
  • Sweepstakes Rosé: 2005 South Coast Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé, Temecula Valley ($14)
  • Sweepstakes Red Wine: 2003 Carol Shelton Zinfandel, Mendocino County, Cox Vineyard, “Wild Thing” ($28)
  • Sweepstakes Dessert Wine: NV Callaway Coastal Chenin Blanc, Late Harvest, “Sweet Nancy”($40/375 ml)

Of 2,059 entries, the competition awarded 10% gold medals, 26% silver medals, and 24% bronzes.