W&S 2020 Tasting Submissions Calendar

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  • All shipments from abroad must be cleared through a licensed U.S. importer. Wine & Spirits Magazine is not responsible for shipments held in customs.

Issue & Theme

Submission Windows

Imported Focus

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

Austria
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

April 6, 2020
to April 24, 2020

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

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

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

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

October 2020: Window 1

Best New Sommeliers

May 18, 2020
to June 5, 2020

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

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

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

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

October 2020: Window 2

Best New Sommeliers

June 8, 2020
to June 17, 2020

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
Portugal: Colheita & Vintage Madeira

Oregon: Chardonnay from Willamette Valley

December 2020: Window 1

Holiday Wines

July 13, 2020
to August 7, 2020

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

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

December 2020: Window 2

Holiday Wines

August 12, 2020
to August 28, 2020

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

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