The San Francisco World Spirits Competition is the most prestigious and influential spirits competition in the world. Originally founded in 2000 by Anthony Dias Blue, Mr. Blue is recognized as a world-renowned connoisseur in food, spirits, and lifestyle his experience and work is circulated to more than 30 million consumers each month. The San Francisco World Spirits Competition consists of more than 40 judges conducting a rigorous evaluation of each and every spirit focusing on taste, purity, and company competence. With more than 1,800 different spirits entered in 2016 receiving any medal from this competition can only be recognized as an incredible achievement by a brand.
The New York International Spirits Competition was the first competition to be founded in the International Beverage Competition Series. After its success, we were asked to replicate the competition in multiple countries, and have since expanded to include wine and beer competitions as well. What sets us apart from other international beverage competitions is our TRADE ONLY blind judging panel, and the spirits industry has continued to take notice as our competitions have grown. At our wine competition held here in New York City, the retail store buyer, sommelier, restaurant beverage director, hotelier, distributor and importer will be our judges. We feel that these judges, whose livelihood rely upon their skill set, truly know what the consumer wants, as they receive on a daily basis the feedback from the consumer of what is good and what will sell.