HOW TO ENTER

 
JUDGING
April 7th - 8th, 2020
 
EARLY BIRD DEADLINE
March 9th, 2020
 
FINAL ENTRY DEADLINE
March 30th, 2020
 
LOCATION
Sonoma County, CA

COMPETITION Fees

WINE Submission

 
 

New! "Futures" WINE Submission

This competition is proud to be the springboard for many judging firsts, according to chief judge Daryl Groom. “It was the first to implement the strict protocol of balancing judging panels to always include a professional experienced judge from one of each facet of the wine industry; a winemaker, a buyer, a som or a media person.  It was the first and still only one we know of to start a mentoring ‘Associate Judge’ program for young industry professionals.  And now we are excited to be the first to create a futures ‘barrel sampling’ judging.  This will provide consumers and wine buyers an insight for the next up-and-coming great wines and a look into the quality of next to be released vintages.”  

Here are the criteria for the futures barrel sampling judging:

 

  • Futures judging is open to all varieties and blends of red wine in barrel

  • Current vintages acceptable for entry are 2016, 2017 and 2018

  • Three 750ml bottles are required or submission

  • Samples are preferred in screw cap but can be corked

  • Submissions need to reflect the final label the wine will be bottled under

  • Futures will be judged the same as standard entries

  • Points of 90+ will be given to Gold and above

  • Best of Class will be given to best Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Red Blends, Zinfandel and red Bordeaux blends. Other varietals entered with be given a Best of Class in “other red category”

  • Only Gold medal winning wines and above will be exclusively announced and published in The Press Democrat

  • The lucky winner will be highlighted and promoted in all facets of traditional and social media and The Press Democrat and Spirited Magazine

  • A trophy presentation will be made in front of peers and consumers at the annual North Coast Wine and Food Event on June 8th, 2019, hosted by The Press Democrat

 

INSTRUCTIONS For Entry Form

 

WINE SHIPMENT & Pre-Addressed Labels

 

JUDGING Methodology

 

MEDALS & Notification

 

PROMOTION / PR

DISCLOSURES

QUESTIONS