2020 USA wine ratings winners announced

The 3rd edition of the USA Wine Ratings is pleased to announce the 2020 winners. Wines from 30 different countries were submitted with the United States, Spain and Italy being the top three entrants. There were new additions from Ireland and Brazil. The top three varieties submitted were Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

The USA Wine Ratings looks to recognise, reward and help promote wines that have successfully been created to identify with and target a specific wine drinker. For any wine brand to earn its place on a retailer’s shelf or a restaurant’s wine list – and then vitally stay there – they need to be marketable and consumer-driven and not just produced in the general hope it can find enough people willing to sell and buy it. That is why the USA Wine Ratings are different. It will single-out and shine the spotlight on those wine brands that consumers really want to buy and have a clear market value for trade buyers.

This year’s competition was the best as far as quality of wines entered, according to the judges.

There were 162 gold winners, 635 silver winners and 127 bronze winners at this year’s competition. Below are some of gold winners and special award winners:

  • Wine of the year: 2019 St Andrews Riesling from Wakefield Taylors Wines, Australia.
  • Winery of the year: Wakefield Taylors Wines
  • Best Wine by Quality: 2019 St Andrews Riesling from Wakefield Taylors Wines, Australia.
  • Best Wine by Value: 2018 Villa Bonaga Lambrusco Salamino di Santa Croce DOC Amabile from Italy by Lidl.
  • Best Wine by Packaging: 2019 Unsi Terrazas White from Anecoop Bodegas, Spain.

View winners by country and varietal here.

“Wines that are typically not front and centre in our minds were very impressive. Turkey, Moldova, Armenia and Bulgaria showed very well; skillfully made, distinctive, wines of character and depth. Those looking to broaden their horizons should search them out,” said Bob Paulinski MW, one of the judges at the USA Wine Ratings.

To win a USA wine Ratings award, you will need to score highly in all three areas of our judging criteria. You might have an outstanding quality wine, but if the price and packaging is not right, you will not be recognised by the USA Wine Ratings.

Scoring system:

A USA Wine Ratings score is decided on the following judging formula: Quality Score (Q); Value Score (V); Package Score (P) = USA wine Ratings Score, marked out of 100.

A separate weighted score was given for each of the three parts of the judging process. The scores were calculated to give a final score out of 100 from which individual prizes will be awarded.

Gold: to receive a Gold medal you need to score 90 or over. Silver: you need to score between 80-89. Bronze: you need to score between 70-79.

To view full results, please click here.

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