Winners have been announced in the 16th annual Women’s International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWWSC). The competition, which took place June 21-23 in Santa Rosa, Calif., was founded on the premise that the majority of wine purchased for home consumption is bought by women. The IWWSC judging panels consist entirely of professional women in the wine and spirits industries: winemakers, distillers, marketers, buyers, sommeliers, educators, and journalists.
“As always, the International Women’s Wine & Spirits Competition shined a spotlight on hundreds of deserving wines,” says Debra Del Fiorentino, owner of Wine Competitions Management & Production, which organizes and presents IWWSC. “And even though entry is open to all winemakers regardless of gender, I found it gratifying that this year’s wine winner also was named Best Woman Winemaker.”
Winemaker Aimée Sunseri was named 2023’s Best Woman Winemaker, based on the level of awards her wines earned in the competition. “There are many men and women that have helped build me to be who I am today,” she says, clearly elated by the recognition. “I thank them all for their wisdom and trust that I would work hard and never give up.”
This year’s IWWSC awarded gold medals (or higher) to twice as many wines as it did last year.
A Best of Class White Wine was awarded to Texas winery Lost Oak Winery with its 2022 Orange Muscat (BOC, GG, 96 pts.). Lost Oak Winemakers Angela Chapman and Jacqueline Stroud have been a dream team producing some of the best Texas wines over the past years. Under the tutelage of Executive Winemaker Jim Evans, who resides in Odessa TX, Angela and Jacqueline carry on the Lost Oak tradition of producing gold medal award-winning wines.
All the competition’s results can be seen on their website.
These are all the Texas winery results:
|Kai-Simone Winery||NV Red Zinvdanel||Texas||Barrel Aged||Gold||90||chocolate frosting on a chocolate pudding cake, macaron, good balance, super drinkable|
|Lost Oak Winery||2022 Orange Muscat||Texas High Plains||Best of Class, Double Gold||96||almond, good acidity, balanced, orange blossoms|
|Lost Oak Winery||2022 Viognier||Texas High Plains||Gold||91||stone fruit, smooth|