Calls for Wine and Media Opportunities–July 2018

Here’s a list of publications seeking wines to sample and wine competitions too, listed by deadline:

Wine & Spirits, Holiday Wines (Due Jul 13)
Best of the NW from Sip Northwest (Due Jul 13)
10th Annual Sommelier Challenge (Due Jul 20-Aug 24)
Wine Enthusiast, Sparkling Wines (Due Jul 27)
California Winery Advisor (Due Jul 31)
The Sacramento Bee, Chardonnay (Due Aug 17), Wines $25 and under (ongoing, monthly) and high-end round up (Due Dec 1)
Tasting Panel (ongoing) (ongoing)

Scroll down for more information.

Wine & Spirits

Submission Deadline: July 13, 2018

Wine & Spirits is accepting Cabernet Sauvignon samples for their Holiday Wines issue through July 13, 2018. Please note they have moved offices as of March from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Use the updated submission form when sending samples to their new address.

Address for shipping submissions is now:

Wine & Spirits Magazine
1275 East 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Best of the NW from Sip Northwest

Submission deadline: July 13, 2018

SIP Northwest is accepting submissions for the seventh annual Best of the Northwest issue. Out in October, this issue will feature the top picks for wine, beer, spirits and cider the region has to offer and will announce the winners in print to more than 120,000 readers. The top three winning submissions of each category will be awarded medals and the issue will also cover industry leaders, trends, travel and products.

Beverages will be tasted blind, with a panel comprised of the Northwest’s top palates, judges and professionals, whose verdict we will relay onto the pages of the issue. For more info and submission guidelines, please refer to our earlier post from June.

For personal delivery or any questions with registration/submission, please email Melissa Miller at

10th Annual Sommelier Challenge

Submission deadline: July 20 (early bird)-Aug 24, 2018

Sommelier Jesse Rodriguez returns for his fourth consecutive year as Chief Judge at the 10th annual Sommelier Challenge September 22 & 23, 2018 at the Westin San Diego. Jesse, Beverage Director at the Montage Palmetto Bluff Resort in South Carolina, has assembled a team of all-star sommeliers to evaluate this year’s entries. More info on the event is here. Early bird submission is July 20.

Each entry requires six 750ml bottles of the same vintage.  Please include a copy of entry form, packing list, or receipt in wine shipment and keep a copy for your records.

Sommelier Challenge
315 16th Street, Suite B
San Diego, CA 92101-7605

Include phone 619.254.7117, and email on shipping label.

Wine Enthusiast

Submission Deadline: July 27, 2018

If you’d like your sparkling wines to be considered for the Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s Buying Guide please send samples plus the wine submission form by July 27 to:

Paul Gregutt
230 West Street
Waitsburg, WA 99361
Tel: 206.849.7999

Paul reviews wines produced in Canada and Oregon, with the exception of wines from the following AVAs:
Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley. The editors ask that submitters provide two bottles of each wine to be tasted; single bottles will be accepted, but we cannot guarantee individual follow-up if the sample provided is corked or otherwise compromised. The wine must be the final product, with current vintage, approved labeling and packaging.


California Winery Advisor

Submission deadline: July 31, 2018

California Winery Advisor editors have been rounding out their coverage on Oregon wines.They’d like to review red wines beside Pinot noir  from Oregon for readers who are located primarily in California. This site gets 50,000 unique views per month. Wines they’d like to try include but aren’t limited to:

Pinot Meunier
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Baco noir
Petite Sirah

If you’d like to participate, please send two bottles to arrive by July 31 to:

Winery Advisor
12207 Lawler St.
Los Angeles, CA 90066

The Sacramento Bee

Submission Deadline: August 17, 2018

Mike Dunne, longtime food editor and wine writer for The Sacramento Bee, said …”it has been some time since I’ve done an update on Oregon chardonnay, so I would like to focus on that varietal.” If you’ve got a tasty Chardonnay that’s available in Northern California, please send one bottle with price and winery contact info to:

Mike Dunne
1316 25th St.
Sacramento, CA 95816-5804

Submission Deadline: December 1, 2018

Are your wines available in Northeast Ohio retail shops? Beer, wine, sports and food features writer Marc Bona is accepting both $25 and under wines plus high end wines for different stories this year. Marc writes about $25 and under wines each month, and reviews high end wines annually in the beginning of December. If you have questions you may email him, but please note #4 below.

Marc’s details for submissions are as follows:

  1. Any wine sent to me must be available via Northeast Ohio retail distribution.
  2. You must include suggested retail price on the bottle or tech sheet in the box.
  3. Send just one bottle of your wines; No limited-case production please.
  4. Please don’t follow up to see if I have tried it. I am deluged with mail in multiple topics.

Also please note:
– Including your Twitter tag is helpful but that’s up to you.
– No promises on review, but I do try to get to them.
– Please note the suite number in his shipping address below
– I cannot email every rep and winery about when your wine will be reviewed.
– If a bottle turns out to be corked I will not review but will try to let you know.

Marc Bona, Features writer,
1801 Superior Ave., Suite 100
Cleveland, Ohio  44114

The Tasting Panel

Submission Deadline: Ongoing

Wines can be submitted any time to The Tasting Panel Magazine. They require tech sheets (we have a template in our Resource Studio), contact info and suggested retail pricing for each wine.

Wines can be sent to the new address (as of Feb 1) to:

Meridith May, Publisher/Editorial Director
THE TASTING PANEL/The SOMM Journal/The Clever Root
6345 Balboa Blvd; Suite 111
Encino, CA 91316

818-990-0350 office


Submission Deadline: Ongoing

Online wine magazine PalatePress receives about 1500 unique visitors per day and is accepting wine samples. If still wine, simply email attention: David Honig or fill out the online submission form. Note that sparkling wine goes to a different address and reviewer, Becky Sue Epstein when emailing and shipping samples.

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