Carving out a little time now may net some good media gains and publicity for your wines in the new year. Here is a rundown of writers and publications seeking wines to sample and wine stories to write, listed by deadline:
Wine Enthusiast, April 2018 (Due Dec. 1)
Growler Magazine (Due Dec. 4)
Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine (Due Dec. 4)
Oregon Wine Press, February 2018 (Due Dec. 15)
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (Due Dec. 10)
Katie Kelly Bell, Freelancer (Due Dec. 31)
TEXSOM International Wine Awards (Due Dec. 31)
Wine Enthusiast, June 2018 (Due Jan. 26)
The Asian Chardonnay Masters (Due Jan. 1)
SavorNW Wine Awards (Due Jan. 31)
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Freelancer Katie Kelly Bell
Submissions Deadline: December 31, 2017
Atlanta-based author and journalist Katie Kelly Bell, who writes for USA Today, Forbes, Southern Living and more, is seeking wines to inspire wine stories for 2018. She came to Oregon a few years ago on a media trip and wrote pieces on Oregon Pinot noir such as this.
Send samples and story pitches to:
Katie Kelly Bell
1464 Vista Leaf Drive
Decatur, GA 30033
TEXSOM International Wine Awards
Submissions Deadline: Sunday, December 31, 2017
The producers of the annual TEXSOM conference, considered by many to be the most prominent and influential wine trade education conference in the U.S., are the force behind TEXSOM International Wine Awards (TEXSOM IWA). In 2017, the TEXSOM IWA garnered 3,581 entries representing 29 countries and 19 states, a record for the competition. In 2017, Oregon saw a 60% increase in wineries represented and a 110% increase in award-winning wines.
OWB will be offering free shipping to TEXSOM through a sponsorship with FedEx, with more details available Dec. 1. In the meantime, you are encouraged to review the entry procedures and prepare your submissions.
The Drinks Business: The Asian Chardonnay Masters 2018
Submission Deadline: January 1, 2018
Hosted by The Drinks Business Magazine, this is the biggest and most extensive blind tasting competition of Chardonnay in Asia. The wines will be judged in both style and price categories, and only 100% varietals are accepted.
Wines are evaluated by an expert panel of judges including Master Sommeliers and senior trade buyers, chaired by The Drinks Business’ Hong Kong editorial team including editor-in-chief Patrick Schmitt MW. The results and analysis will be published in The Drinks Business Hong Kong Magazine.
SavorNW Wine Awards
Submission Deadline: January 31, 2018
The SavorNW Wine Awards are open to all types of wines made or produced in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska and British Columbia. A producer can enter as many wines as desired, as long as each product entered is either currently available for retail sale, or scheduled for release in commercial quantities to the public during 2018.
Submit three 750ml bottles for all dry table wine entries and sparkling wine entries or four bottles of 375ml or 500ml dessert-style wines with completed entry form(s), available here.