Wine & Spirits Frequently Asked Questions



  • General

    • How many issues does your magazine publish a year?
    • How do I purchase a back issue of Wine & Spirits?
    • How much does a single issue cost?
  • Subscriptions

    • How much does a subscription to your magazine cost?
    • I signed up for a subscription in between publishing dates. Why have I not received my first issue?
    • Why was my account was charged twice for my subscription?
    • A family/friend of mine bought me a gift subscription, but I have not received anything.
    • Where do I go to renew or cancel my subscription?
    • How can I obtain a receipt for my subscription purchase?
    • When is the Digital Edition available?
  • Wine Review and Scoring Process

    • What is W&S Magazine’s review process?
    • What scoring system does W&S use?
    • Where do reviews of my wine appear?
    • If my wine is recommended, where will it be published?
    • How much time elapses between submission of a wine and a published review?
    • Will I be notified if my wine is recommended?
    • Are all submitted wines reviewed?
    • How many wines does W&S taste?
  • Submitting Wine Samples

    • What is our aim in implementing a new tasting protocol?
    • When should I send samples?
    • How many bottles of each wine should I send?
    • Is the $20 fee per SKU or per bottle?
    • What information must be included with samples?
    • Where do I send samples?
    • Can I ship samples from outside the US directly to W&S?
    • What if a region or grape variety is not a focus category for 2019-2020? Are you no longer reviewing certain regions or categories?
    • Can I submit a wine from a region that is covered even if it is not the specified grape variety or style?
    • Can I submit older vintages of my wines?
    • Should I wait to send my wines for a focus region or send them now as a new release?
    • Will I receive confirmation of payment or delivery?
    • Can I purchase a label reproduction or other promotional activations if my wine is reviewed in the print edition?
    • What if I have more questions or technical issues?
  • After Sample Submissions

    • May I contact W&S to find out if my wines have been have been delivered or reviewed?
    • How much time elapses between submission of a wine and a published review?
    • Will I be notified if my wine is recommended?
    • Can I purchase a label reproduction if my wine is reviewed in the print edition?
  • Editorial

    • Where can I find your Editorial Calendar?
  • Account Information

    • How do I change my password/contact information?
  • Media

    • I would like to advertise with your magazine. Who should I contact?
    • Who should I contact to get a copy of your media kit?
    • Where can I get a copy of your press releases?
  • Employment

    • Does your company offer internships?
    • I would like to work for your company. How do I apply?

If the question you want to ask is not here, feel free to email us at info@wineandspiritsmagazine.com.

General



Q. How many issues does your magazine publish a year?

Wine & Spirits Magazine publishes 8 issues a year.

Q. How do I purchase a back issue of Wine & Spirits?

Please click here to order a digital single back issue of Wine & Spirits you desire by choosing "Single issue."

If you would like a print version of a back issue, please email us at subscription@wineandspiritsmagazine.com or call (888)-695-4660.

Q. How much does a single issue cost?

A single W&S issue generally cost $5.99. Our specialty issues, Fall and Winter, costs $6.99 and $9.99, respectively.

Subscriptions



Q. How much does a subscription to your magazine cost?

We currently have two subscription plans:

  • Digital Edition subscription: 1 year (8 issues): $19.95; 2 years (16 issues): $31.95.
  • Print and Digital Edition: 1 year (8 issues): $29.95; 2 years (16 issues): $51.95; 3 years (24 issues) $69.95.

Q. I signed up for a subscription in between publishing dates. Why have I not received my first issue?

If you have signed up in between our publishing dates, please expect to receive the following issue. For example, if you subscribed to our magazine between February and April, please expect your first issue to be the April.

Q. Why was my account was charged twice for my subscription?

Please contact us at subscription@wineandspiritsmagazine.com.

Q. A family/friend of mine sent me a gift subscription, but I have not yet received anything.

Please contact us at help@wineandspiritsmagazine.com.

Q. Where do I go to renew or cancel my subscription?

Please click on preferences after logging into your account to change your subscription.

Q. How can I obtain a receipt for my subscription purchase?

Your receipt should be emailed to you upon your confirmation of purchase. If you did not receive it, please contact us at subscription@wineandspiritsmagazine.com.

Q. When is the Digital Edition available?

Our Digital Edition is available a week before our print magazine is for sale on newsstands.

Wine Review & Scoring Process



Q. What is W&S Magazine’s review process?

All wine evaluations for our tastings section are conducted under controlled, blind conditions in our own offices. There are no exceptions.

W&S selects wines for recommendation via a two-step process. First, all wines are tasted by a screening panel; the panels determine which wines stand out as being better than average for their variety and appellation. These panels, conducted by W&S staff, are composed of retailers, sommeliers, winemakers and other wine professionals who we invite to taste with us. We draw on a diverse community of tasters to provide multiple perspectives on each wine, thereby mitigating the prejudices of any one critic.

The wines recommended by our screening panels—generally between 20 and 30 percent of those originally assessed—are then tasted blind by our critics, who score each wine and write the reviews. A second, unopened bottle of each wine is tasted during this second stage of our tasting process.

Q. What scoring system does W&S use?

We use a 100-point scale. Wines from 80 to 85 are recommended as good examples of their variety or region, wines from 86 to 89 are highly recommended, 90 to 94 are exceptional examples of their type, and 95 or higher are superlative, rare finds.

Q. If my wine is recommended, where will it be published?

All wines, whether or not they are recommended by our panels and scored by our critics, are published online in our searchable database. Recommended wines appear with their score and tasting note; wines not recommended by our panels appear with NR (not recommended).

All wines that earn exceptional scores (90 points or higher) appear in the tasting section of the magazine (both the print and digital editions). Wines with awarded Best Buy status (recommended wines priced below the median price in their category) will also appear in the print and digital editions of the magazine.

Wines that earn exceptional scores as New Releases will appear again in a future issue as part of a “Year’s Best” section, if the magazine features such a focus during the 10 months subsequent to the initial publication.

Q. How much time elapses between submission of a wine and a published review?

It may take four months between the time we receive a sample and the date it is published in the magazine and/or on our website. The time frame could be longer if we receive a wine after an issue’s submission window has closed.

Q. Will I be notified if my wine is recommended?

If you provide complete contact information on your submission form, our team will be in touch with news of recommended wines, and will share promotional opportunities available for your recommended wines.

You can also find out if your wine has been tasted and/or scored by visiting our website and clicking on the "Tasting Notes Search" tab to search for your wine.

Recently tasted wines will appear on the website within one month of the publication date of the print edition for which they were tasted.

Q. Are all submitted wines reviewed?

Our critics review and score only those wines that are initially recommended by our tasting panels.

Q. How many wines does W&S taste?

Our panelists taste more than 15,000 wines each year.

Submitting Wine Samples



Q. What is our aim in implementing a new tasting protocol?

With our new protocol, we are aiming to have more focused tastings for each issue offering better context within that specific category. At the same time, we hope to continue to offer our readers reviews on newly released wines from around the world.

Our Tastings provide perspectives on specific regions and varieties. We offer this timely information to connect wine buyers with great opportunities arriving in the market. As the wine market has grown, our ability to meet these goals has been stretched. We will no longer attempt to cover the entire world within one year.

As we have narrowed our featured tastings, we are working to encourage wide participation within each category. We believe this will strengthen the perspectives we can offer to our readers as well as the value of our recommendations for wineries and importers. So, we do not require a processing fee for wines within these featured categories.

We have implemented a processing fee for new releases, outside these featured categories, so wineries and importers can continue to submit wines as they arrive in the market. We encourage you to be selective in the new releases you submit, and we look forward to sharing those that excite us with our readers.

We appreciate your participation in our tastings and we look forward to working with you in the months to come, to bring great wines to the attention of our community of buyers.

Q. When should I send samples?

Please refer to our editorial tasting calendar to determine when to send wines. For wines slated to be tasted within the focus categories in the upcoming issue, they must be submitted by the noted deadline.

If you are submitting new releases, you may send them at any time. You must deliver a submission form and the wines within the submission window for any particular issue to guarantee that the wines will be considered for that issue. Otherwise, they may be considered for the subsequent issue.

Q. How many bottles of each wine should I send?

We request that two (2) bottles of each wine be sent with your initial submission, in case our panel questions the condition of a bottle or a cork, and requests us to open a second bottle.

Q. Is the $20 fee per SKU or per bottle?

The $20 processing fee is per cuvée/bottling/SKU. The fee covers both bottles that we request.

Q. What information must be included with samples?

Before submitting wines to our tasting department, you must first complete a digital submission form. We no longer accept emailed or printed submission forms.

Q. Where do I send samples?

Domestic samples should be sent to our Los Angeles office:

Wine & Spirits Magazine
Attn: Tasting Department
1275 East 6th Street, Suite 204
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Imported samples should be sent to our New York office:

Wine & Spirits Magazine
Attn: Tasting Department
2 West 32nd Street, Suite 601
New York, NY 10001

Q. Can I ship samples from outside the US directly to W&S?

We do not have an import license and cannot be responsible for clearing wines through customs. All samples from outside the US must be sent through a licensed US importer.

Q. What if a region or grape variety is not a focus category for 2019-2020? Are you no longer reviewing certain regions or categories?

The critics at Wine & Spirits magazine have curated a list of focus tastings based on categories that have received high recommendation rates in the recent past or have shown growth in the current global wine market. We are not intending to exclude wines, which is why we are holding new release tastings.

Q. Can I submit a wine from a region that is covered even if it is not the specified grape variety or style?

You may submit any wines from any regions at any time. Wines falling outside the featured category require a $20 processing fee. If, for example, our featured category is Barossa shiraz, and you would like to submit a Barossa grenache, that grenache submission would require a processing fee.

Q. Can I submit older vintages of my wines?

Yes, if they fall under the following criteria: It is within a focus category for the issue, it is currently on the market and we have not tasted it before. Non-vintage sparkling and fortified wines may be re-submitted once a year. Vintage Champagnes may be re-submitted for our annual Champagne assessments by house and grower, even if they have been previously tasted, as long as they are currently available in the market.

Q. Should I wait to send my wines for a focus region or send them now as a new release?

That is a decision between the importer and winemaker on how quickly you'd like to see a review. Wines that earn exceptional ratings in the new release tastings will appear again in print later that same year if we cover the category in a focus tasting.

Q. Will I receive confirmation of payment or delivery?

You will receive a confirmation of submission and payment from info@jotform.com. If you do not find this confirmation in your inbox, please check your spam folder. We do not send confirmation of delivery due to the amount of wine we receive. You may confirm with your shipper or e-mail us directly at the addresses below.

Q. Can I purchase a label reproduction or other promotional activations if my wine is reviewed in the print edition?

After tastings for an issue are completed and scores have been recorded, you may purchase a label reproduction (to be featured along with your review in our print edition) through our sales team. Label purchases are completely voluntary and advertising decisions have no effect on scores or reviews. A breakdown of our promotional opportunities can be found here.

Q. What if I have more questions or technical issues?

Please reach out to the tastings department at Wine & Spirits—for imported wines, reach out to Rachel DelRocco Terrazas at tastings@wineandspiritsmagazine.com, for domestic wines, Karen Moneymaker at ustastings@wineandspiritsmagazine.com.

After Sample Submissions



Q. May I contact W&S to find out if my wines have been have been delivered or reviewed?

Due to the sheer volume of samples we receive, our staff cannot confirm receipt of samples. Please contact your shipper to obtain confirmation of delivery.

Q. How much time elapses between submission of a wine and a published review?

It may take four to six months between the time we receive a sample and the date it is published in the magazine and/or on our website. The time frame could be longer if the wine is received past an issue’s deadline or if the wine falls outside of our editorial focus for that issue.

Q. Will I be notified if my wine is recommended?

Our editorial staff does not contact importers or producers to report tasting results. To find out if your wine has been tasted and/or scored, visit our website and click on the "Tasting Notes Search" tab to search for your wine.

Recently tasted wines will appear on the website within one month of the publication date of the print edition for which they were tasted.

Q. Can I purchase a label reproduction if my wine is reviewed in the print edition?

After tastings for an issue are completed and scores have been recorded, you may purchase a label reproduction (to be featured along with your review in our print edition) through our marketing team. Label purchases are completely voluntary and advertising decisions have no affect on scores or reviews.

Editorial



Q. Where can I find your Editorial Calendar?

Our editorial calendar follows our wine submission calendar.

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Account Information



Q. How do I change my password or contact information?

You can change your password and email address under the Preferences once logged into your account.

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Media



Q. I would like to advertise with your magazine. Who should I contact?

Please see our Advertise with W&S section where you will find contact information for our Advertising team.

Q. Who should I contact to get a copy of your media kit?

Please contact Samantha Johnson for any information in regards to our media kit and advertising opportunities.

Q. Where can I get a copy of your press releases?

Please contact Samantha Johnson.

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Employment



Q. Does your company offer internships?

Yes, we do. Please check our Jobs page for the latest postings.

Q. I would like to work for your company. How do I apply?

To apply for a job at Wine & Spirits magazine, please check our Jobs page.

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