Master’s of Wine, Restaurant, and Retail buyers are key to USA Wine Ratings.

22/06/2022 The USA Wine Ratings was introduced to give producers a new event that judged their wines in the same way that consumers do. By how good they are quality-wise, what they look like on the shelf, and how much they cost.

To determine the wines that have got those three factors right requires professional judges with the experience of buying wines for consumers across the on and off-trades. This is why the USA Wine Ratings judging panel is made up of Masters of Wine and leading trade buyers from the retail and restaurant industry of the US drinks market.

Image: Logo of USA Wine Ratings

Image: Logo of USA Wine Ratings

The international event is set to take place for the 5th time at the same location in San Francisco on July 25, 2022, where leading wine buyers from all over the US will gather and do judging with new social distancing rules and procedures the organizer - Beverage Trade Network will have in place. The event normally takes place a day before BTN’s main trade show International Bulk Wine and Spirits Show where the winners of the previous year are also promoted.

Image: Wine Director at Super Buy-Rite, New Jersey (left) and Tim Hanni MW (right) discussing the wines.

Image: Wine Director at Super Buy-Rite, New Jersey (left) and Tim Hanni MW (right) discussing the wines.

When the USA Wine Ratings launched in 2018 it did so promising to offer something new, different, and commercially important to the US wine industry. A competition that was relevant both to the producers and distributors entering them, but most of all then made sense to the consumers that they all wanted to buy their wines.

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As the competition has developed it has also listened to the wineries and suppliers entering and taken steps to really help them then promote whichever wines end up with a medal or trophy at the end of the process.

“We want to be seen as a true partner that can help producers and their importers promote their wines directly to the consumers they want to be buying their wines,” says Sid Patel, founder of the competition and chief executive of the Beverage Trade Network that runs them.

To help promote the winners and the competition to the public the Beverage Trade Network has set up the Los Angeles Drinks Guide, New York Drinks Guide, and San Francisco Drinks Guide to keep those consumers interested in the latest drinks news, trends, products, and award winners. A new platform to also help promote the medal and trophy winners in each of the USA Ratings for wine, spirits, and beer.

Image: Los Angeles Drinks Guide

Image: Los Angeles Drinks Guide

Submissions for 2022 will close soon on June 30, 2022.

Once again all wines entered into the competition will be assessed and judged by a leading panel of top-level wine buyers with current direct commercial buying responsibility. The panel also includes wine consultants and experts who are also directly involved in the development of new wine brands or buying wine for commercial resale.

Wine brands are encouraged to enter before June 30, 2022, to get into this year's competition.

Wines are judged blind for their quality and value, and then packages are shown for the package score.

Wines are judged blind for their quality and value, and then packages are shown for the package score.

These are the buying experts that are judging and assessing wines every day in their working lives and are therefore ideally placed to pick out the winning wines for the 2022 competition. They are also ensuring any wine that receives a gold, silver, or bronze medal will work on any on-trade wine list and help outlets sell more wine and attract more customers.

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Here are the key details for the entry process for the 2022 competition.

Key Dates:

  • Final Deadline: June 30, 2022
  • Warehouse Deadline: July 5, 2022
  • Judging: July 25, 2022

You can enter this year’s awards here.