Third Annual American Fine Wine Competition And Gala Dinner Celebrates The Finest American-Made Wines

Portion of Proceeds to Benefit the Quantum House, American Red Cross and the Lincoln Culinary Institute Scholarship Program

BOCA RATON, FL – The Third Annual American Fine Wine Competition (AFWC), presented by Patriot Risk Management, Inc., is pleased to announce that the competition and judging of wines will take place on January 17 and 18, 2010 at the Lincoln Culinary Institute (formerly the Florida Culinary Institute), followed by the Gala Dinner on March 13, 2010.


“This year’s event is shaping up to be extraordinary,” said Shari Gherman, President and Co-Founder of the AFWC. “We have nearly 500 submissions, which is sure to make judging a challenge, but our dream team of judges – which includes sommeliers, wine educators, buyers and writers, and restaurant chefs and owners – will be quite pleased to be tasting so many exceptional American wines”.

The American Fine Wine Competition is one of the nation’s most prominent wine events that celebrates only American produced wine. The highly anticipated gala dinner will feature the competition-winning wines and a five-star, five-course dinner prepared by some of South Florida’s most revered chefs: Cindy Hutson of Ortanique on the Mile, Chris Northmore of the Everglades Club, Oliver Saucy of Café Maxx, Johnny Vinczencz of Johnny V Restaurant, and Michael Wagner of Lola’s on Harrison.

As guests sip and swirl the finest American produced wines, they will enjoy live entertainment by jazz singer Nicole Henry and famed performance artist Michael Israel, who will create original works of art for the live auction. Other auction items include packages of wine bottles signed by the winemakers themselves. A portion of the proceeds from the dinner, and 100 percent of the proceeds from the auction, will benefit Quantum House, the American Red Cross and the Lincoln Culinary Institute Scholarship Program. To date, the AFWC has raised more than $240,000 for local non-profits.

Tickets for the Gala Dinner are $195 per person. Weekend packages for the event are available at Spring Hill Suites and Homewood Suites in West Palm Beach, both walking distance from the Lincoln Culinary Institute. For more information on the Gala Dinner, hotel rates, ticket or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Shari Gherman at 561-504-VINE (8463) or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..