2021 Wine Submissions Calendar – Wine & Spirits Magazine
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Issue Theme

Submission Window

Imported Focus

Domestic Focus

February 2021
Warming Winter Reds

Window 1

Start:
September 21, 2020

End:
October 9, 2020

France: Northern Rhône
Italy: Valpolicella Reds (including Ripasso, Amarone)
Italy: Valle d’Aosta
Italy: Piedmont | Barbera, Dolcetto
Portugal: Northern (Douro, Dão, Beiras, Trás-os-Montes)
South Africa: Syrah & Rhône Blends

Syrah, Rhône-Style Red Blends

February 2021
Warming Winter Reds

Window 2

Start:
October 12, 2020

End:
October 30, 2020

Australia: South Australia | Shiraz, Climate-Change Reds (Tempranillo, Mencía, Grenache)
Germany: Mosel Riesling

Syrah, Rhône-Style Red Blends

April 2021
Restaurant Wine Poll

Window 1

Start:
November 16, 2020

End:
December 4, 2020

Canada: Ontario
Germany: Pinot Noir
Italy: Chianti Classico, Brunello, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Morellino di Scansano
New Zealand: Pinot Noir from Central Otago & Canterbury
South Africa: Chenin Blanc & Sauvignon Blanc

Pinot Noir (excluding California)

April 2021
Restaurant Wine Poll

Window 2

Start:
December 7, 2020

End:
December 23, 2020

Austria
France:
 Loire, Burgundy

California Pinot Noir

June 2021
Value Wines

Window 1

Start:
January 11, 2021

End:
January 29, 2021

France: Côtes de Bordeaux
Germany: Nahe, Rheinhessen, and Pfalz Riesling
Balkans: Bulgaria, Croatia, Moldova, Czech Republic, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia
Italy: Southern Italian reds from native varieties (Sicily, Campania, Puglia, Calabria)

 

Rosé (Not from California)

Zinfandel & Mixed Blacks (Not from California)
(Alicante Bouschet, Carignane, Petite Sirah blends with Cinsault, Grand Noir, Grenache, Mondeuse, Mourvedre, Syrah, Tannat, Trousseau Noir, Valdiguié)

June 2021
Value Wines

Window 2

Start:
February 1, 2021

End:
February 19, 2021

Argentina: Salta
Chile: Maipo Reds
France: Languedoc-Roussillon, Southwest France
Spain: Reds from Ribera del Duero
Uruguay
Atlantic: Azores, Canary Islands

California Rosé

California Zinfandel & Mixed Blacks
(Alicante Bouschet, Carignane, Petite Sirah blends with Cinsault, Grand Noir, Grenache, Mondeuse, Mourvedre, Syrah, Tannat, Trousseau Noir, Valdiguié)

August 2021
Summer Wines

Window 1

Start:
March 1, 2021

End:
March 19, 2021

Chile: Coastal Whites and Pinot Noir
Italy: Late-Release Barolo (2016 or older) and Barbaresco (2017 or older)
Italy: Le Marche Whites
Eastern Mediterranean: Lebanon, Palestine, Turkey, Israel, Cyprus

Riesling

August 2021
Summer Wines

Window 2

Start:
March 22, 2021

End:
April 9, 2021

France: Provence Rosé & White, Alsace, Corsica
Portugal: Vinho Verde
Spain: Rueda, Galicia, Bierzo, Fino and Manzanilla Sherry
Sparkling: Cava, Crémant, Prosecco, Lambrusco

Sparkling Wines

August 2021
Summer Wines

Window 3

Start:
April 12, 2021

End:
April 30, 2021

Greece

N/A

October 2021
Best New Sommeliers

Window 1

Start:
May 10, 2021

End:
June 4, 2021

Argentina: Mendoza Malbec
Australia: Margaret River
Italy: Friuli Whites
Italy: Bolgheri Reds, Lucca Reds, Maremma Toscana Reds, Colline Lucchesi Reds
Slovenia
Spain: Priorat, Montsant
France: Provence Red, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Chardonnay

October 2021
Best New Sommeliers

Window 2

Start:
June 7, 2021

End:
June 25, 2021

Chile: Secano Interior, Itata, Bio-Bio and Patagonia
France: Burgundy
Portugal: 2019 Vintage Port, New-Release Vintage and LBV Port

N/A

December 2021
Holiday Wines

Window 1

Start:
July 26, 2021

End:
August 27, 2021

Armenia
France: Pomerol
Hungary
Italy: Alto Piemonte Reds, Timorasso, Current-Release Barolo and Barbaresco
Spain: Reds from Rioja
Portugal: Age-Designated Tawny and Colheita Port
Republic of Georgia

Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux-Style Red Blends

December 2021
Holiday Wines

Window 2

Start:
August 30, 2021

End:
September 17, 2021

England: Sparkling Wines
France: Champagne, Coteaux Champenois