Here is a useful and comprehensive list of all the award competitions, scoring and evaluation  events that are important in the U.S. wine and spirits market.

I have noted those that are relevant in the U.S. that accept brands that are not-currently imported into the country with an initial asterisk.

We highly recommend that new brands, both domestic and international, enter competitions and get U.S. scores as the first step in their journey.  That way when you get asked the first question from a gatekeeper:  “You got scores?” you can answer “Yes!”.

Here you go:

*American Distilling Institute, Nov. 30, 2019, https://distilling.com/events/judging/guidelines/

Bonfort’s Wine and Spirit Journal Top 100, https://www.bonforts.com/top-100

*BTI, (Beverage Testing Institute), Multiple categories/deadlines for both wines and spirits. http://trade.tastings.com

Bartender Spirits Awards, Feb. 28, 2019, bartenderspiritsawards.com/en/

Decanter World Wine Awards, March 1, 2019, https://www.decanter.com/en/dwwa/

*Drinks International Spirit Challenge, Deadlines vary by category, https://www.internationalspiritschallenge.com/ internationalspiritschallenge2019/en/page/home

International Spirits Challenge, run by Drinks International, Deadlines vary by category http://internationalspiritschallenge.com

IWSC (International Wine and Spirits Competition, multiple dates by category https://iwsc.net/

James Suckling: https://www.jamessuckling.com/faqs/

*Microliquor Spirit awards, Nov. 2019, https://www.microliquor.com/

*New York World Wine and Spirits Comp., Aug. 2019 https://www.nywscomp.com/

*New York International Wine Comp, April 27, 2019 https://nyiwinecompetition.com/

*New York International Spirits Competition, April 7, 2019  https://nyispiritscompetition.com/

*Planet Grape Wine Review http://planetgrapewinereview.com/

*San Francisco World Spirits Competition, mid Feb. 2019 http://sfspiritscomp.com/

*San Francisco Wine Competition, Feb. 22, 2019 http://www.sfwinecomp.com/

SIP (Spirits International Prestige) Awards, March 2019, https://sipawards.com/

*Sommeliers Choice Awards, April 1, 2019, sommelierschoiceawards.com/

*TexSom, deadline Dec. 31, 2019, extended deadline Jan. 31, 2019 https://texsomiwa.com/

The Wine Advocate https://www.robertparker.com/

*Ultimate Spirits Challenge, Feb. 27, 2019 https://www.ultimate-beverage.com/enterUSC2019/

*Ultimate Wine Challenge, April 17, 2018 https://www.ultimate-beverage.com/enterUWC2019/

*USA Spirits Ratings, June 30, 2019, usaspiritsratings.com

*USA Wine Ratings, June 30, 2019, usawineratings.com

*Wine and Spirits Magazine, dates vary by country/region, https://www.wineandspiritsmagazine.com/wine-submissions

Wine Enthusiast http://www.winemag.com/submit-for-rating/

Wine Spectator, http://www.winespectator.com/group/show/id/how-to-submit-wines

 

And one more from our friends at Firewater Partners:  Bonfort’s Wine and Spirit Journal Top 100, https://www.bonforts.com/top-100