First International Wine Competition to take Place in New York City

New York, NY – September 29, 2009 Dori Bryant, President of The Polished Palate, and Adam Levy, spirits writer, today announced the debut of the New York International Wine Awards.

The NYIWA is a competition that will award the best wines in various categories as judged by the people on the front line of consumer contact. Trade-only judges will consist of restaurant owners, sommeliers, liquor store buyers, and distributors and importers of fine wine.

Jack Robertiello of Drinks Ink will act as the Competition Host and lead the judging panel. All judging will be performed blind by a number of panels of experienced wine judges who will then confer and decide in consensus whether a wine receives a double gold, gold, silver, bronze or no medal.  Double Gold winning wines will be tasted by all panelists to determine the recipients of the FDR awards, our Best of Category award.  

The judging for the NYIWA will take place in closed sessions the week of February 6, 2010, at the Astor Center in New York. The deadline for brands to enter is January 22, 2010.

Bryant and Levy hosted the premiere New York International Spirits Awards in June 2009. The success of that inaugural event led to the expansion of the franchise to include wine.

“The NYIWA is the first wine competition to rely solely on the results of trade-only judging. These judges are the front-line of consumer purchases on a daily basis,” said Dori Bryant, co-founder of the NYIWA. “These judges are also critical decision-makers for the brands,” furthered Levy. “Brands, through this event, will get in front of judges with the purchasing power to make a difference.”

For more information and to download entry forms, contact or visit

More about the Founders

Dori Bryant started the Polished Palate LLC ( in 2005, building on years of experience in publishing and a passion for spirited excellence. The Polished Palate hosts consumer tasting events, professionally judged competitions, seminars, gourmet food/spirits pairing experiences and other special events. Adam Levy is a spirits writer and judge. He received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and his EMBA from Baruch College.

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