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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to some of the frequently asked questions about the Sommeliers Choice Awards. 

How much does the entry fee cost (per entry)?

$90 - November 16, 2018 to December 20, 2018 (Early Bird Oricing)
$120 - December 21, 2018 to March 31, 2019 (Regular Registration)
$140 - April 01, 2019 to April 20, 2019

What are the shipping options and where to ship?

Please send your samples (3 bottles per entry) to SCA at the below address between 1 October 2018 and 30 April 2019 to the following address:

MHW Ltd - Sommeliers Choice Awards
c/o Northwest Distribution and Storage, Inc.
1745 Oxford St. SE #150
Salem, OR 97302

Goods receiving time: Monday – Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm.

*Official SCA shipping labels MUST BE USED and are on the 'My shipping labels' section of 'My account'. You can download and print your shipping label. Please note that your reference number is on the shipping label and it is very important for SCA team to see your shipping label on your box and one copy inside your box. Clearly, label each box of wine using the shipping label. Official SCA shipping labels must be used to send samples.

Are there any extensions to deadlines for samples shipping?

No. Wines that arrives after the deadline date will not be accepted and refunds will not be issued. We encourage you to ship your samples as soon as you can.

Can you tell me about the deadlines?

Please visit key deadlines and pricing for more information

Can I pay entry fees using my own currency? 

All SCA Invoices are issued in USD, however, you are welcome to pay the equivalent amount in your local currency for your convenience. We recommend you refer to a currency conversion website like http://www.xe.com/ for today's rates.

More Shipping Questions

How many bottles per entry do we need to send?

(3) 750ml (or similar) bottles of each entry along with a copy your entry form. Clearly mark ‘Sample Material - Not For Resale - Glass Enclosed’ on the outer carton/s. Include the copy of the completed submission form in the shipment even if submitted online.

Where do we send my samples

Please see shipping instructions.

Can I deliver samples in person?

The Sommeliers Choice Awards recommends shipping samples, but it is also possible for you to organize delivery direct to our warehouse. 

How do we know SCA received the samples?

Please email aaron@sommelierschoiceawards.com to inquire the status of your samples if you have any questions.

Our samples did not arrive in time or were late for the SCA. They are on hold by customs/damaged by courier//late to arrive. Can we still send our samples? 

For the SCA Judges to taste your products it is essential they arrive on time. If your samples do not arrive in time for the SCA, they will not be able to be blind tasted, or placed by the Judges.

Where can I print an address label on the website?

Log in > Manage entries > print shipping label

Invoice and Billing questions

How will my invoice be sent to me?

If you haven’t received your invoice within 2 weeks, please contact aaron@sommelierschoiceawards.com

Do we need to pay taxes and duties?

Yes, you need to raise the documents to ship with all charges being billed back to you.

Login Questions:

I don't have an account with SCA, can I still enter?

Yes, please create your account here. It will help you manage your entries, track your samples and market your wins.

Forgotten your password?

Use the link 'Forgotten password?'. An email will be sent to the contact email address for your Company's account.

Results and Winners

How will I be informed of my results?

Via email and your results will be uploaded to your account.

How do I order stickers/artwork?

You can order from your account area and also from the website.

Where are my stickers?

Please contact Aaron via email aaron@sommelierschoiceawards.com or call us at +1 855 481 1112

Are SCA Medal Sticker Price and SCA License to print the same?

The purpose of License to Print was primarily arranged for the convenience of Winners that have larger quantities of bottles to add their SCA Medals. Large scale usage of License to Print enables Winners to save manpower to add to all bottles by hand and/or they can arrange their printing more efficiently without needing to find a machine that can attach stickers with the exact dimensions that SCA Medals are issued at, can be time-consuming/not easily accessible.

SCA Medal's showcase winning wines and spirits to buyers who are seeking the all-important SCA stamp of approval. Whether you are the Producer, Distributor, Importer or Retailer, now is your chance to celebrate and boost sales. SCA Winners choose what is more convenient for them to enhance their sales - and order Medal Stickers or the License to Print here...

What are the usage rights to SCA Medal artwork?

Is there a restriction on what we can use artwork for? Shall we purchase the License to Print? 

Winners are welcome to use the SCA artwork on marketing materials related to the winning products with no restrictions if it's used for marketing material, presentations, website, press releases, trade shows and any other marketing purpose.

For usage of the SCA materials on Bottles or Packaging/Boxes, winners order either SCA Medal Stickers or the SCA License to Print. Both have no time limit to usage and are based on quantity ordered. Order yours here

General Questions

When and where will the judging take place?

Judging will start at 10 am on May 19, 2019, at South San Francisco Center, SF, USA.

Who are your judges? 

Please see the Sommeliers Choice Awards Judges section.

I’d like to take part in the judging. How do I apply?

If you’re an on-premise wine buyer, wine director or a sommelier and would like to apply to judge at SCA, you can send an email at info@sommelierschoiceawards.com.

Have further questions?

Please call +1 855 481 1112 or email info@sommelierschoiceawards.com.