Winemaker Challenge Award Categories
Judges, tasting blind, will award silver medals to wines that exhibit above average character for the wine type and place of origin. A gold medal (91 to 94 points) will be awarded to wines that possess an added dimension or profound characteristics that are recognized by two or more of the judges on a three-judge panel.
Platinum awards (95 to 100 points) are reserved for wines deemed to be contenders for best of category or best of show.
Best of category winners as well as grand prizes for best of show sparkling, white, red, rose and dessert wines may be given, as well as Wine of the Year. The Director may, at his discretion, recognize outstanding performances by a winery or importer following tabulation of all results. Awards will be announced at www.WinemakerChallenge.com and winners will be notified by U.S. mail.
Entering Winemaker Challenge
A complete wine competition entry is comprised of six (6) 750ml bottles or the equivalent. Grape varieties, residual sugar, appellation, vineyard designation, proprietary names, retail price and alcohol level must be listed on the entry form with each entry.
Please fill out the wine competition entry form completely and accurately. The winery's telephone number, email address and contact person are important. Winners will be notified shortly after the end of the Competition by regular U.S. mail. Use of your own format instead of our form is acceptable as long as all requested information is given.
IMPORTANT: Be sure to enter each wine in the proper category. If a category does not exist for your wine, leave the category field blank and the Director will assign the wine to the correct category or create a new category, if necessary, using the varietal composition and residual sugar level as a guide.
Wines entered in the wrong category will be moved to the correct category by the Director.
Enter the wine's name as it appears on the label. The wine's label will determine how the wine is identified to consumers and industry when awards are announced. Please type or print carefully so your award certificates will be correct.
$85 per wine entered and paid by Early Bird entry deadline of November 18, 2016.
$95 per wine after the Early Bird entry period expires.
Entry forms can be sent by mail, fax or email. Fees are due at time of entry.
Make checks payable to Winemaker Challenge. Payment can also be made by Visa, Master Card and American Express. Charges will appear on credit card statement as "Wine Cellar Productions."
Mail Entry Form and fees to:
315 16th Street, Suite B
San Diego, CA. 92101-7605
Alternative Entry Methods:
Enter by fax: 800-521-5413
Enter by email: WinemakerChallenge@yahoo.com
Enter Online: Click Here to enter
Ship Wines to:
Attn: Felicia Forbes 619-254-7117
315 16th Street, Suite B
San Diego, CA 92101-7605
WinemakerChallenge@yahoo.com may be added to your shippers notification system so that we will be made aware when the wine is on its way or of any issues with the shipment.
Deliveries accepted Monday through Friday after 11:00am. Receiving department opens at 11am, so do not specify "priority" or morning delivery.
NOTE: This is a new address. Please bring it to the attention of your shipping department.
Deadline for Entries:
Early Bird Deadline: November 18, 2016
December 16, 2016 -- Extended to January 20, 2017
Deadline for Wines:
December 23, 2016 Extended to January 20, 2017
Shipping as soon as possible gives us more time to process the wine, resolve any issues or shipping errors, and gives the wine time to recover from traveling. Ship wine only to the 16th Street address to assure it is received and handled properly.
If you have any questions about entering the Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition, feel free to contact Director Robert Whitley, 619-804-0371 or WhitleyOnWine@yahoo.com, or Competition Coordinator Felicia Forbes, 619-254-7117 or WinemakerChallenge@yahoo.com.
It is best for foreign wineries to use their own importer or agent to clear their wines through U.S. Customs. A winery without representation in the United States may still enter using the Winemaker Challenge's import agent, Mark Newman of Accolade Brands. Winery is responsible for cost of Accolade Brands' services, which are in addition to competition entry fees. Accolade will need winery name, wine name, grape varieties, retail value and alcohol content on each wine for the forms it submits to the TTB for the approvals that are required. Information about the wines to be cleared should be faxed to 800-521-5413 or emailed to WinemakerChallenge@yahoo.com. All foreign entries imported by the Competition should indicate Accolade Brands as the importer on the commercial invoice. IMPORTANT: Do not ship the wines until the necessary COLA waivers have been obtained from TTB.
Sender is responsible for shipping costs and any duties, taxes, customs charges or other fees accessed by your carrier or third parties with whom you contract.
The TTB requires that wines coming into the country must comply with the following:
ALL BOTTLES must have a label affixed to the back of the bottle that contains the US Government Warning, the phrase “Contains Sulfites” and the phrase “Trade Samples – Not for Resale”. The words “Government Warning” must appear in capital letters and in bold type. The remainder of the statement may NOT appear in bold type. The statement MUST appear as a continuous paragraph. The statement reads as follows and should be 2mm to 3 mm in size:
GOVERNMENT WARNING: (1) ACCORDING TO THE SURGEON GENERAL, WOMEN SHOULD NOT DRINK ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES DURING PREGNANCY BECAUSE OF THE RISK OF BIRTH DEFECTS. (2) CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES IMPAIRS OUR ABILITY TO DRIVE A CAR OR OPERATE MACHINERY, AND MAY CAUSE HEALTH PROBLEMS.
Trade Samples – Not for Resale – Contains Sulfites