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About International Wine Review

Mike Potashnik and Jay Youmans in BordeauxDon Winkler, Editor (left) &
Mike Potashnik, Publisher

The International Wine Review (IWR) was launched in 2005 to provide the wine trade (importers, distributors, retailers, sommeliers) and wine enthusiasts, with current, accurate information regarding important wines and regions of the world. Our publication is not just a list of wines with scores; we provide insight and understanding of viticulture and winemaking, appellations, wine styles, pairing food and wine, and market issues.

Combining our in-depth knowledge of wine and our international experience, we produce bi-monthly reports that offer expert tasting notes, ratings, and unique perspectives on selected premium wine varieties. We review large numbers of wines (200+ per report) to discover the best wines and the best values from a range of price points.

IWR reports focus on regions and wines currently gaining market prominence.  We offer all producers the opportunity to have their wines tasted and evaluated. We do not screen the wines we review. Many of the wines reviewed are available at our Recommended Retailers across the United States. Some of the wines we review are produced in such small quantities they may only be purchased directly from producers. To assist the reader in finding particular wines, we provide contact information for the producer, or importer.

IWR reports are produced in collaboration with an expert Tasting Panel and Editorial Team. These individuals are among the most knowledgeable, experienced wine professionals in the industry. In addition, we often invite specialists from the trade to participate in selected tastings and reports. Our tasting panel follows the IWR Tasting Guidelines and Principles; we believe this distinguishes us from the tasting methodologies of other wine publications.

We are strong advocates of all types of wine education and hope that our reports, as well as our blog, wine education column, and wine review articles contribute to the teaching activities of wine educators in the United States and abroad.

The International Wine Review is currently managed by Mike Potashnik, Publisher, and Don Winkler, Editor. Jay Youmans, MW and former co-Publisher, is a member of our Tasting Panel and Editorial Team.

Mike Potashnik, Publisher
Don Winkler, Editor
International Wine Review