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Sommeliers Choice Awards - Registration Now Open

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01/07/2021 Entries are now open for the 2022 Sommeliers Choice Awards. An international wine competition that focuses on the needs of the on-premise industry.

We are back! The 4th annual Sommeliers Choice Awards is set to take place in San Francisco next year. With an aim to provide on-premise buyers and sommeliers a valuable benchmark for understanding which wines would make a captivating addition to a wine list, ace sommeliers and top-notch wine buyers and wine directors will be gathering in San Francisco on 16 May 2022  to judge the best wines within the industry.

The third edition saw entries from nearly 30 countries, covering 142 different types of varietals. The highest number of entries this year came from the USA, followed by Italy, Spain, and then Australia. For the first time, the Sommeliers Choice Awards also saw entries from countries like Japan, Ireland, and Serbia.

The 2021 results reflect the best wines from around the world. Amongst the 142 grape varietals, the most popular ones were Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, and Shiraz. 

Here are the 3rd edition results:

No. 1 Spot: Wine of the Year - Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen 2019 Eroica Riesling

Wine Of The Year - 2019 Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen Eroica Riesling by Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, United States

White Wine of the Year - 2019 Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen Eroica Riesling by Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, United States

Red Wine of the Year - 2018 Persistence by Reynolds Family Winery, United States

Sparkling Wine of the Year - Albinea Canali Lambrusco "FB" Metodo Ancestrale by Albinea Canali, Italy

Rosé Wine of the Year - 2020 Baron De Ley Rioja Rosado by  Baron De Ley, Spain

Top Winners By The Glass

Wine Of The Year - BTG (By The Glass) - 2019 Long Shadows Vintners - Poet's Leap Riesling, United States.

White Wine Of The Year - BTG (By The Glass) - 2019 Long Shadows Vintners - Poet's Leap Riesling, United States.

Red Wine Of The Year - BTG (By The Glass) - 2017 Carracedo, Spain

Sparkling Wine Of The Year - BTG (By The Glass) - Albinea Canali Lambrusco "FB" Metodo Ancestrale, Italy

Rosé Wine Of The Year - BTG (By The Glass) - 2020 Baron De Ley Rioja Rosado, Spain.

Top Winners By Varietal 

Riesling - 2019 Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen Eroica, United States.

Cabernet Sauvignon - 2018 Persistence, United States.

Malbec - 2018 UNO MALBEC, Argentina

Pinot Noir - 2016 Sass Pinot Noir 2016, United States.

Pinot Gris - 2019 Montinore Estate Pinot Gris, United States.

Chardonnay - 2019 Trois Noix Chardonnay, United States.

View Top Winners by Varietal here

Sid Patel briefing the judges

On the left, each judge was seated at their own desk. On the right, Sid Patel, CEO of Beverage Trade Network briefing the judges.

The wines were judged in five categories: food parability, typicity, quality, value, and packaging. The judges ask themselves, would I stock this wine, and is it good enough for customers to order a second glass? Wines are graded out of 100, with only those above 95 points winning the coveted Double Gold award. There are also category awards, with best in show given to white, red, sparkling, rosé, and an overall winner every year, by the bottle and by the glass – reflecting how wine is presented in restaurants.  The judging process is specifically curated with these parameters, keeping in mind that this is the same criteria professional wine buyers use to decide which wines go on their own lists in their restaurants, bars, or retail shelves.

Benefits on why you should enter in the 2022 Sommeliers Choice Awards

1. Winners to get awareness among consumers in USA

(Media coverage on Chicago Drinks Guide, Los Angeles Drinks Guide, San Francisco Drinks Guide, and New York Drinks Guide)

2. Results to go to 50,000+ trade professionals in USA in the Beverage Trade Network community

3. Buyers and Sommeliers will see your package giving you great exposure 

4. Results to go to 20,000+ Sommeliers and On-Premise Wine Buyers of USA

5. Entrants to get customized Shelf-Talkers and Tasting Notes

6. Free first 1000 medal stickers added to your sticker order

7. Detailed Scores Feedback

8. Top 100 winners at SCA will be included in the Top 100 On-Premise wines list

9. Results will get press awareness among media partners of the Sommeliers Choice Awards and will be posted on BTN news, Sommelier Business, and Bevroute News

10.  Results also get circulated to 2000+ wine importers and distributors in USA


About Sommeliers Choice Awards

Sommeliers Choice Awards gathers the top restaurant wine buyers, Master Sommeliers, wine directors who have a direct influence on the US on-premise market.

Put your wines in front of them and get rated by Food Parability, Typicity, Value, Quality, and Package.

If you're looking to get in front of the top sommeliers and on-premise wine buyers of the USA, now is the best time to enter your wines. 

SCA Entry Process & Fees

Leading wine brands from around the world now have an opportunity to grow their business and gain the attention of wine buyers, wine directors and influencers within the U.S. on-premise industry. Time to submit your wines in the 2022 Sommeliers Choice Awards.