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Decanter World Wine Awards 2018 is pleased to announce Karen MacNeil as New US Regional Chair, Tony Aspler returning as Canada Regional Chair

Posted on January 26, 2018

London, England – January 19, 2018 Decanter, one of the most well respected publications in the wine
world, extends a special invitation to US and Canadian wineries to enter its global wine competition. Now in its 15th edition, the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) is the world’s largest and most prestigious wine competition judged by top wine experts from around the world.

Decanter is pleased to announce a new Regional Chair for the USA on the judging panel, Karen MacNeil. Karen is the only American to have won most major wine awards given in the English Language. These include the James Beard award for Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year and the International Wine and Spirits award as the Global Wine Communicator of the Year.

Karen is the author of the award-winning book, The Wine Bible, the single best-selling wine book in the United States, as well as the creator and Editor in Chief of WineSpeed, her digital newsletter, with an audience of 45,000 subscribers. Karen’s counterpart Tony Aspler is returning as Canada’s Regional Chair. Tony is one of the most prolific and influential Canadian journalists, he has been a wine columnist for The Toronto Star for 22 years and is the author of 18 wine books, including The Wine Atlas of Canada.

In 2017, over 17,200 wines entered the competition from all over the world, with 57 countries participating. The highest scoring wines from the US included Domaine Serene's Jerusalem Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013 and Reninger's Syrah 2013, from Oregon and Washington state respectively; underscoring these region's rise in global recognition. The Ontario Niagara Peninsula region of Canada showed strongly, with Adamo Riesling 2016 winning andouble Platinum for Best in Category and Best in Show. 2018 DWWA award-winners will have the opportunity to participate in 17 consumer and trade tastings and masterclasses in London and around the world, including the new Unsigned Talent Tasting for those looking to break into the UK market.

Entry fees are £139 per wine (online entry), if wineries chose to participate in consolidated shipping, the cost is an additional £48 per wine.

Key Upcoming Deadlines:
15 February 2018 – Delivery deadline for consolidated shipping depots in US & Canada
02 March 2018 – DWWA closes for entries & payment deadline
09 March 2018 – Deadline for direct deliveries to the UK warehouse
30 April – 04 May 2018 – DWWA Judging Week
08 – 11 May 2018 – DWWA Platinum Tasting
22 May 2018 – Results available to entrants only via online account
29 May 2018 – Full results published on

Decanter World Wine Awards Resources for North American Wineries:

About The Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)
Launched in 2004 by Decanter magazine, 2018 is the fifteenth edition of the competition. The DWWA is
respected internationally for its prestigious reputation and unrivalled global consumer influence. Co-Chaired
by Andrew Jefford, Gerard Basset OBE MW MS, Sarah Jane Evans MW and Michael Hill Smith MW, the
DWWA 2018 consists of a panel of over 250 judges, including 68 Masters of Wine, and 20 Master
Sommeliers. Wines are organized for tasting by country, region, color, grape, style, vintage, and price, to
ensure that wines are judged blind in flights against their peers. For more information, please visit

About the 2018 DWWA Judging Process
This year, judging week will take place over two weeks. The first week (30 April – 4 May) will see wines given
medals up to Gold using the 100-point system. The second week (8-10 May) will see all Gold wines re-tasted
to win the Platinum medals by our four co-chairs and a selected eight regional chairs, including Jane Hunt
MW, Andy Howard MW, Justin Howard-Sneyd MW, Jasper Morris MW, Peter Richards MW, Anthony Rose,
and Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW. The four co-chairs will select the ‘Best in Show ’winners on 9 May
amongst the Platinum winners awarded. Our rigorous process ensures each wine is tasted thoroughly.
Under the 100-point system, wines will be commended with a seal of approval, or given a bronze, silver, gold,
platinum, and best in show award. For more information on the DWWA judging process, please visit

Region: USA

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