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Contact: Tim McNally (504-452-7486)

NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans International Wine Awards (AIWF), a new wine competition and consumer wine tasting event, will be held November 6- 8.

The event will feature a professional competition of wines from around the world judged by internationally respected wine authorities. After the competition, on the last evening, November 8,  several of New Orleans most noted and respected restaurants, Antoine’s, Arnaud’s, Brennan’s on Royal Street, and Galatoire’s, will host a consumer wine tasting event simultaneously, with consumers strolling from one venue to the next to taste the wines that were entered into the competition. Many of those wines will have been awarded medals of achievement. 

Three New Orleanians, all involved in the local wine and hospitality scene, are creating this event. Tim McNally, wine and beverage journalist; Dr. James Moises, winemaker, wine and spirits importer, and distributor, Bizou Wines; and Bill Kearney, partner and wine director at Galatoire’s Restaurants and wine writer, have all contributed to the establishment of the new event.

“We thought that with the constant world-wide recognition New Orleans justifiably receives, coupled with the Tricentennial Anniversary of the founding of our city, there should be a statement event that brings together attributes that our city possesses, as well as recognize our partners from everywhere,” according to McNally.

“The further thought is that whatever we do must be top-notch, reflecting what the Hospitality Community is providing to locals and guests alike every day,” Kearney added.

“Wine was a natural vehicle to tell the story of our culture and our heritage. Wine is historic and yet it is contemporary. We wanted to do this well and so NOIWA seemed like a proper activity to stage.” Moises noted.

The professional wine competition will be managed by, an organization that oversees the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest professional evaluation of American wines in the world. and the Sonoma County Harvest Fair staged each September;

Judges for the competition are:

Heidi Barrett – winemaker, California

Christopher Cook – winery consultant, Michigan;

Eric Degerman – wine journalist, Oregon;

Jill Ditmire – NPR, Indianapolis;

Doug Frost – Master of Wine, Master Sommelier, Kansas

Ellen Landis – Master Sommelier, Washington State;

Ken Landis – Chef, Washington State;

Charles Mara – winemaker, California;

Brenda Maitland – International Food, Wine and Spirits Judge

Dave McIntyre – wine journalist, Washington D.C.;

Dr. Richard Petersen – winery consultant, winemaker, California

Jeff Siegel – wine journalist, Texas

Other judges will be selected from the New Orleans hospitality community and international wine communities.

It is estimated that more than 500 wines will be submitted for evaluation.

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By Ian McNulty,
The New Orleans Advocate
The inaugural New Orleans International Wine Awards will take place Nov. 6-8 in the French Quarter. Winemakers from around the globe will vie for medals from a panel of judges from around the country. Serious wine lovers in New Orleans will have a chance to try them too. READ MORE>

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