About PRWC

The Pacific Rim International Wine Competition

The Pacific Rim International Wine Competition was founded in 1985 by a group of winemakers, vintners and educators passionate about making great wines accessible to the public. The Pacific Rim Competition is held at the historic National Orange Show Fairgrounds in San Bernardino, California for two days in every April.

Our goal at the Pacific Rim Wine Competition is to give thoughtful evaluation to every wine entered, and to celebrate high quality wines of all styles, from all regions of the world. Our esteemed panel of judges represent all aspects of the wine industry, including Master Sommeliers, award-winning winemakers, impressive distributors, educators and restaurateurs, to name a few.

Over the course of two days, our judges engage in a blind tasting of every wine entered into the Competition. The wines are discussed, evaluated and awarded medals accordingly. The Results List is published within two days, and publicized on social media, as well as to numerous wine distributors and importers. Award-winning wineries are given medals to showcase at their wineries and medal logo templates to feature on their wine bottles. Wines receiving a Best in Show or Best in Class Award will also receive tasting notes from a Certified Sommelier to feature on their social media accounts, website and newsletters.

We look forward to toasting your great wine achievements. Cheers!

About the Principals

Don Galleano

Chairman

A third-generation winegrower at the historic Galleano Winery in the Rancho Cucamonga Valley, Don Galleano has been actively involved in the wine industry his entire life.

Founded in 1927 and proudly listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Galleano Winery is not only a local treasure, but a working wine museum. Every year, hundreds of area college students visit for lectures and seminars on the unique integration between growing grapes, making wine, and then selling wine to consumers. Providing students with this level of access to the business is one of Galleano’s personal commitments, ensuring today’s viticulture students become the next generation of wine industry leaders.

A partner in the communities he serves, Don Galleano is past president of the Western Riverside County Businessman’s Association and the Jurupa Chamber of Commerce. He is currently serving on the National Orange Show Board in San Bernardino and is the chairman of Pacific Rim International Wine Competition.

Spreti Valente

Chief Judge

Spreti Valente, is the senior wine buyer and sommelier for Anne’s Boutique Wines in Costa Mesa, California. Anne’s was ranked the Top Wine Shop in Orange County in 2017.

Spreti serves a professional wine judge for numerous, prestigious wine competitions in the U.S. and Europe. During each competition, she blind tastes hundreds of wines, evaluating the merits of each, to award medals to the best in each class. Most recently, Spreti was named Chief Judge for the Pacific Rim International Wine Competition.

As a consultant and educator, Spreti consults with clients to develop their wine programs and produce events, which have included “LA Meets Napa & Rioja” (attended by over two thousand people), trips into Mexico to introduce people to the wines and wine region of Baja (as an Ambassador for La Competencia Wine Imports, she introduced a group of Master Sommeliers to the wines of Baja), and has lectured at The Collins School of Hospitality at Cal Poly Pomona and spoke at SommCon 2016. Spreti also is an educator at the Los Angeles Fairgrounds where wine classes are taught each summer. As a consultant, for RL Public relations, Spreti wrote their summer wine guide (2016) which was published both in the us and Latin America.

Pacific Rim Wine Competition