W&S 2020 Tasting Submissions Calendar

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Domestic Focus

February 2020

Warming Winter Reds

September 16, 2019
to October 18, 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

November 11, 2019
to December 13, 2019

Canada: British Columbia**, Ontario
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

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

Pinot Noir

June 2020

Value Wines

January 6, 2020
to 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

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

August 2020

Summer Wines

March 9, 2020
to April 3, 2020

Chile: North Coast Chile (Casablanca, San Antonio, Limarí)
France: Rosé, Alsace, Crémant
Prosecco, Lambrusco, Trentino-Alto Adige
Portugal: Vinho Verde
Spain: Galicia, Bierzo, Sherry & Sparkling


Sparkling, Rosé, Pinot Gris

October 2020

Best New Sommeliers

May 11, 2020
to June 5, 2020

Argentina: Malbec from Mendoza
Australia: Yarra Valley
Chile: Colchagua Valley
France: Burgundy, Beaujolais Cru, Gigondas, Vacquerayas
Italy: Campania Whites, Sicily, Sardinia
Portugal: Madeira
Spain: Priorat, Montsant


December 2020

Holiday Wines

July 20, 2020
to August 14, 2020

France: Champagne, Red Bordeaux Classified Growths, Pomerol
Italy: Barolo, Barbaresco, Dolcetto d’Alba, Dolcetto di Diana d’Alba, Dogliani
Port (Vintage)
Republic of Georgia
Reds from Rioja

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