How to submit Languedoc wines to scoring publications

Tips:

  • Read the instructions below carefully; the process differs from publication to publication
  • Submit wines within 6 months of release
  • Note: Scores generally take several months to be released, if at all
    • Each publication also has different ways of alerting you if the wine has been scored. Some may not alert you at all and instead you will have to monitor their website or magazines.

Instructions for the following publications listed here: Wine Advocate, Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Wine & Spirits, TEXSOM

 

WINE ADVOCATE

Wine Advocate does not accept unsolicited samples, nor does it accept wine samples that are unrelated to scheduled reports. Instead, Wine Advocate asks all wine producers to submit information to an online database from which reviewers will select the wines they rate during the year. To submit wines to the database, simply fill out the online form available at this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf7TmQOaUSn1AmQNhgh5P6YNqhXEZdAPxeI890KQ1nngqP35g/viewform?c=0&w=1

Wines from producers included in the Wine Advocate Producer database will be given the opportunity to be considered for review. Reviewers (assigned to a region) will contact producers or winery representatives directly to organize submission of wines for tasting. Wines may be submitted and tasted in two ways:

  • Winery Tasting: Reviewer will coordinate and confirm timings for a tasting at the winery.
  • Off-Site Tasting: Reviewer will provide shipping instructions to send samples to a designated location

Wine Advocate currently anticipates publishing a review of Languedoc wines in April/May of each year. Additional reports may also be released at discretion of reviewer and publication.

 

WINE SPECTATOR

Wine Spectator only reviews imported wines that are available in the U.S. Preference is to review the wine within 6 months of release.

To submit wines for review, follow these steps:

  • For each wine the producer wants to submit, compile the following information into a spreadsheet or Wine Spectator’s sample information form:
    1. Wine Name
    2. Appellation
    3. Vintage
    4. Retail bottle price (US dollars)
    5. Case production (in 12-bottle, 9 liter equivalents)
    6. Cases imported to the U.S.
    7. Release date
    8. Varietal breakdown
  • Send this information to Wine Spectator’s tasting department via email at nytasting@mshanken.com and express interest in having the wines reviewed.
  • Wine Spectator will review the information and alert the producer which wines they want to review, as well as confirm shipping address and gather any additional information that’s needed from the producer.
  • The producer can work with their U.S.-based importer or distributor to deliver sample shipments to Wine Spectator.

Two bottles of each wine are required to be reviewed. Each submission MUST include the information outlined in step 1. Samples submitted without this information, or with only one bottle may be disqualified from review.

Note: you will likely not be notified of a score. Best strategy is to monitor their Wine Ratings database online.

 

WINE ENTHUSIAST

Wine Enthusiast will only review wines that are currently imported into the U.S. Refer to the Buying Guide Tasting Schedule for submission deadlines.

To submit wines for consideration, take the following steps:

(Wines received without submission information will not be reviewed.)

The completed submission form and all wine samples should be sent to Wine Enthusiast’s New York headquarters. Wines from Languedoc-Roussillon are tasted by Lauren Buzzeo. Direct shipment to New York from overseas cannot be accommodated; please send samples through your current U.S. importer to:

Tasting Program
Wine Enthusiast Magazine
200 Summit Lake Drive – 4th Floor
Valhalla, NY 10595
Ph: 914.345.9463

If your wine receives a score, the publication will email you a notification.

 

WINE & SPIRITS MAGAZINE

Wine& Spirits Magazine only reviews imported wines that are available in the U.S. Wines must be sent to the magazine by your US importer.
To submit wines for review, follow these steps:

  • Fill out the online submission form found here.
  • Please refer to the editorial tasting calendar to determine when to send imported wines.
  • If there is no tasting focus indicated on the editorial calendar for your wine or appellation, the wine can be submitted for review for a $20 fee
  • Note: Wine & Spirits Magazine does not have an importer license and therefore cannot provide COLA waivers. Any samples sent from outside the U.S. must be cleared through a licensed U.S. importer. Wine & Spirits is not responsible for shipments held up in customs due to lack of proper documentation.
  • Any wine received that does not have the digital submission form submitted will not be tasted.
  • All bottles for submission must be in the condition in which they will be released the market. No tank samples or shiners with handwritten stickers.
  • Ship TWO bottles of each wine, plus copy of submission form, to:

Tasting Department
Wine & Spirits Magazine
2 West 32nd Street, Suite 601
New York, NY 10001
(212) 695-4660 x33

The publication will not necessarily notify you if the wine has been scored, but will notify you if the review will appear in the magazine in one of their “Best of…” or “Top Wines” lists.

 

TEXSOM – This is an increasingly influential competition and conference

Submission Period                           
Now through December 31, 2018
$95 + 4 bottles (.750) or 6 bottles (.375) of wine per entry
Wine Delivery by January 4, 2019

Late Submission Period                                   
January 1 to 31, 2019
$105 + 4 bottles (.750) or 6 bottles (.375) of wine per entry
Wine Delivery by February 4, 2019

Please submit here: https://competition.texsomiwa.com/

For more information about what makes TEXSOM IWA unique please see this article from Texas Monthly and this article from the Journal of Wine Economics.

Benefits for Award Winners

  • Award-winning wines announced via social media, email messaging, website, press release, publication partners.
  • The entire list of award-winning wines will be presented online by the presenting sponsor, Texas Monthly.
  • Listing of all award-winning wines and featured content on select award-winners in the magazine Sommelier, TEXSOM’s print magazine targeted toward sommeliers, wine buyers, other beverage professionals, and engaged consumers.
  • Exposure to TEXSOM’s international network of sommeliers and wine buyers with a tasting of medal-winning wines at the TEXSOM conference tasting events in August 2019.
  • Award-winning wines presented at events throughout the country through wine tastings, wine dinners and special events with restaurant and retail partners, including our signature event with Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant in San Francisco.
  • Award-winning wines featured on the TEXSOM International Wine Awards website throughout the calendar year.
  • Results available through the TEXSOM International Wine Awards searchable online database.
  • Recognition of the quality of your wines by a group of the best palates in the country, including the judges and Sommelier Panel. The Sommelier Panel is unique to TEXSOM International Wine Awards. The Panel consists of prominent sommeliers from around the country who write expository content following the awarding of medals by judges during the blind tasting.

Additional Entry Details and Wine Awards information can be found at texsomiwa.com.

If you have any questions, please reach us at enter@texsomiwa.com or call 214.886.1665.