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Issue Theme

Submission Window

Imported Focus

Domestic Focus

February 2020
Warming Winter Reds

Start:
September 16, 2019

End:
October 11, 2019

Australia: McLaren Vale
France: Northern Rhône
Germany: Mosel Riesling
Italy: Valle d’Aosta, Soave Classico, dry reds from Valpolicella
Portugal: Central (Lisbon, Alentejo, Colares, Setúbal)
South Africa: Cape South Coast

Syrah, Rhône Red & White Blends

April 2020
Restaurant Wine Poll

Start:
November 11, 2019

End:
December 13, 2019


** If you would like to submit wines from British Columbia, please contact the W&S Tasting Department for submission and shipping information.

Austria
Canada:
British Columbia**
France: Loire sauvignon, Jura, Savoie, Burgundy
Germany: Pinot Noir
Italy: Reds from Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
New Zealand: North Island

Pinot Noir

June 2020
Value Wines

Start:
January 6, 2020

End:
January 31, 2020

Argentina: Patagonia
Chile: Maipo
France: Costières de Nîmes, Minervois, Bordeaux Cru Bourgeois
Germany: Rhein Riesling
Italy: Southern reds: Abruzzo, Campania, Puglia, Basilicata, Calabria
Spain: Ribera del Duero

Zinfandel, Mixed Blacks (including blends with Petite Sirah, Carignan, Alicante Bouschet, and varietal bottlings)
Riesling

August 2020
Summer Wines

Start:
April 6, 2020

End:
April 17, 2020


**Please note: Previous focus regions may not be listed here. See our F.A.Q.

Chile: Sauvignon Blanc from North Coast Chile (Casablanca, San Antonio, Limarí)
France: Provence Rosé, Alsace
Greece: Assyrtiko, Xinomavro
Italy: Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo, Light, dry, still wines from Schiava, Piedirosso, Rossese, Vespolina, Freisa, Ruchè, Pelaverga, Grignolino, and Frappato
Portugal: Vinho Verde whites & rosés (no crown caps or cages)
Spain: Rias Baixas, Ribeiro, Monterrei, Oloroso Sherry

California Rosés: Mendocino, Paso Robles, Santa Barbara, Sonoma County
Washington Rosés: Columbia Valley
Oregon Rosés: Willamette Valley
Pinot Gris: Mendocino, Willamette Valley

October 2020
Best New Sommeliers

Start:
May 18, 2020

End:
June 5, 2020


**Please note: we are accepting submissions for our October issue with two windows in order to ensure we can process all the wine accepted

Window 1:
Argentina:
 Malbec from Mendoza (Blends must be over 50% malbec)
France:
Red Burgundies (White Burgundies & Beaujolais will be accepted mid-June)
Italy:
Campania whites, Sicily (Etna, Vittoria, Noto only)
Spain:
Priorat, Montsant

Window 1:
California:
 Chardonnay from Central Coast, Carneros, Sonoma, Napa & Mendocino

October 2020
Best New Sommeliers

Start:
June 8, 2020

End:
June 17, 2020


**Please note: we are accepting submissions for our October issue with two windows in order to ensure we can process all the wine accepted

Window 2:
Australia: Wines from subregional appellations within Victoria (submissions should not include wines labeled Victoria or South Eastern Australia.)
Chile: Colchagua Valley (Carmenère, Carmenère blends, Mediterranean varieties & blends)
France: Gigondas, Vacqueyras

Window 2:
Oregon:
 Chardonnay from Willamette Valley

December 2020
Holiday Wines

Start:
July 13, 2020

End:
August 7, 2020

Window 1:
France:
 Red Bordeaux Classified Growths, Pomerol
Italy: Barolo, Barbaresco
Spain: Reds from Rioja

Window 1:
California:
 Cabernet Sauvignon (including blends of Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and/or Malbec)

December 2020
Holiday Wines

Start:
August 12, 2020

End:
August 28, 2020

Window 2:
France:
 Champagne
Hungary: Tokaj
Republic of Georgia
Portugal:
 Port Vintage 2018

Window 2:
Columbia Valley:
 Cabernet Sauvignon (including blends of Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and/or Malbec)