Here’s a compilation of the major industry competitions, events and trade shows coming up for 2015 posted in roughly chronological order.


Ultimate Spirits Challenge
Accepts brands not currently imported to the US

Ultimate Wine Challenge
Accepts brands not currently imported to the US

BTI (Beverage Testing Institute)
Accepts brands not currently registered in the U.S.
Deadlines throughout the year for wine, spirits and beer competitions

IWSC (International Wine and Spirits Competition)
Multiple competitions and deadlines by region

International Spirits Challenge
Put on by Drinks International Magazine. Entry deadlines vary by category.

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

San Francisco Wine Competition
2015 date TBD, Entries usually due Mar 1
Deadline May 22, 2015.  Accepts products not currently registered in the U.S.

Berlin International Wine Competition
Mar 1-2, 2015
Berlin, Germany

Spirits of the Americas
Florida, entry deadline Mar. 31, 2015

New York International Wine Competition
May 17-18, 2015 (Deadline for entries May 12)

Melbourne International Wine Competition
June 28-29, 2015, Melbourne, Australia

New York World Spirits and Wine Competition
Sept. 10-11, 2014

New York International Spirits Competition
Oct. 18-19, 2015

Indie Spirits Competition
2015 TBD, usually Chicago in Sept.

American Wine Society Commercial Wine Competition
Oct 2015

SIP Awards (Spirits International Prestige)
2015 deadline TBD, usually March.

Grand Harvest Awards
(Terroir-based competition by Vineyard and Winery Management)
2015 Grand Harvest Awards Deadline: November 13, 2015
Judging: November 17-18, 2015

Los Angeles International Spirits Expo Competition
2015 dates TBD

Beverly Hills World Spirit Competition
2015 deadline TBD

International Craft Spirits Awards
2015 deadline TBD


Fancy Food Show
Winter show: San Francisco, Jan 11-13, 2015, San Francisco
Summer show Washington DC, June 2015

Boston Wine Expo
Feb. 14-15, 2015, Boston, MA

South Beach Wine and Food Festival
Feb. 20-23, 2015, Miami, FL

March 15-17, 2015, Dusseldorf, Germany

March 22-25, 2015, Verona Italy

Distiller’s Convention & Trade Show
Put on by American Craft Distillers Assn.
March 30-April 2, 2015, Louisville, KY

Nightclub & Bar Show
Las Vegas, March 31-Apr 1, 2015

Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA)
April 12-14, 2015, Orlando, FL

Craft Beverage Expo
May 6-8, 2015
Santa Clara, CA

NRA (National Restaurant Association)
May 15-19, 2015, Chicago

Manhattan Cocktail Classic
Mid-May 2015 in New York.

London International Wine Fair
May 20-22, 2015, London UK

June 14-18, 2015, Bordeaux, France

Aspen Food and Wine Classic
June 19-21, 2015 Aspen, CO

North American Wine Bloggers Conference
July 13-16, 2015, Corning (Finger Lakes) NY

Tales of the Cocktail
July 15-19, 2015 New Orleans

San Diego Spirits Festival
Aug.22-23, 2015, San Diego, CA

Australia Trade Tasting
Aug. 31-Sept2, 2015, Melbourne, Australia

Wine Riot US Tour 2015
Consumer event targeting Millennials
Multiple cities/dates

Around the World in 80 Sips
Multiple cities/dates

New York Wine Experience
2015 TBD
New York

Digital Wine Communications Conference (formerly European Wine Bloggers Conference)
2015 dates and location TBD, usually late fall.