The Wine Atelier Podcast Episode #10: AFWC President Shari Gherman + The Rosé Competition

I can’t think of a better way to kick off Rosé Month on The Wine Atelier Podcast than with the fabulous Shari Gherman, President of the prestigious American Fine Wine Competition and co-collaborator on the 2018 Rosé Competition which took place recently here in South Florida.

As a Judge for the AFWC for many years I was thrilled to hear of Shari’s latest endeavor. Her sparkling personality and decade plus experience successfully running the AFWC made Shari the perfect partner for Bob Ecker, founder of The Rosé Competition. And out of the almost two hundred bottles of rosé submitted from around the globe, the results of the competition surprised the wine world! Despite the many pricey bottles submitted, the winner of Best of Show Sparkling Rosé was the J Vineyards Russian River Valley Brut Rosé ($45), while Best in Show Dry Rosé went to the Sauska Rosé Cuvée ($15) from Hungary – YES, you heard me – HUNGARY!!!

For even more on the exciting results of the 2018 Rosé Competition, and to hear some of Shari’s favorite rosé producers (as well as her favorite rosé food pairing!) please pour yourself a glass of something pink and hit the play button above! Also, as promised, I’ve included links to resources mentioned in this episode, as well as the dates of two upcoming wine events you won’t want to miss (see below).

Many thanks to Shari Gherman for taking the time to chat with me and I hope to see you wine lovers at the AFWC Gala on May 5th (please see special discount code below!) and/or the Rosé Day Celebration at Robovault on June 8th!


1.) Results of the 2018 Rosé Competition

2.) Results of the 2018 American Fine Wine Competition

3.) The 2018 American Fine Wine Competition Gala Saturday, May 5th, 2018 @ Pier 66 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. For $50 off Gala tickets use special code: “VIPTABLE”

4.) Some of Shari’s favorite rosé producers: J. Cage Cellars, Shadowbox Cellars, Bee Hunter Wine, Peju Province Winery, and Stemmari.

5.) June 8th, 2018 AFWC Rosé Celebration @ Robovault in Ft. Lauderdale (tickets going on sale soon!)

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Mark your Calendars for the 7th Annual American Fine Wine Competition & Gala!

AFWC Judges Group Sabrage at Kickoff Party!

Last Friday was the VIP Kickoff Party for the 7th Annual American Fine Wine Competition, a contest whose goal is to identify the best wines America has to offer. 2014 marks the 7th year of this competition that began as the brainchild of husband and wife team Monty and Sara Preiser and Sommelier Shari German.

So just how do 700+ wines get judged in 2 days? Well, a panel of 25 judges including Sommeliers, Restauranteurs, Wine Writers and Educators hole up for two solid days at FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism in Miami and taste through all those wines (I can hear the violins) and ultimately decide which wines will reign supreme. I’m honored to be included as a judge again this year and the 2014 judging takes place later this week, Sunday, January 19 and Monday the 20th. Needless to say, I probably won’t be posting another blog until later next week but I will be posting updates on Twitter and Facebook during the judging process so stop by if you’re looking for some behind the scenes wine fun.

Next week I’ll be announcing the winners of the competition and please mark your calendars for Friday, April 4th for the AFWC Charity Wine Gala benefiting Deliver the Dream which will take place at The Boca Raton Resort and Club. As always it is sure to be an amazing evening filled with delicious food and wine. For more information and/or to purchase tickets, please click here. Otherwise stay tuned and enjoy a few more photos from last week’s VIP Kickoff party.