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NY Wine Classic 2021

Beverage Testing Institute is thrilled to be an integral part of The 2021 New York Wine Classic.

We are honored to lend our 40 years of sensory analysis experience and our reach of 1 million+ readers to amplify New York’s world-class wineries. BTI promises to deliver fair, consistent and thoughtful reviews of your wines.


We encourage you to reach out and connect with us if you have any questions, are curious about our process or would like to learn more about how we can help your winery. In a world where COVID-19 has wreaked havoc and social distancing is becoming the new norm, BTI is eager to connect with you and showcase your wines to our esteemed trade judges and curious consumer readers.

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ENTRY OPTIONS

There are two entry options that provide different levels of promotional tools and deliverables detailed below. Both options are for the same competition, the New York Wine Classic.

Option 1 - Competition Only Option $75

NYWGF members receive a $10 discount per entry on this option. Please contact Jennifer Cooper for more information or to receive your code.  

Includes:
  • 100-point based score (no tasting note, no published review)
  • Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze winners based on BTI’s Points-to-Medals conversion scale*
  • Emailed award certificate PDFs for each medal winning wine (Non-winning wines do not receive certificates)
  • Best of Class and/or Best of Category eligibility, certificates provided for qualifying wines
  • Winery-focused, confidential constructive criticism and feedback from trade buyers
  • Full results list with final awards emailed to competition committee person at NYWGF at the conclusion of the competition on February 15, 2021

    Please note: The NYWGF ($10 off per product) member discount is not available for the full review option

    If you have any questions regarding the New York Wine Classic competition, please email Jennifer Cooper or by phone at (315) 924-3706.

Option 2 - Full Published Review Option $125

Includes:

  • 100-point based score
  • Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze winners based on BTI’s Points-to-Medals conversion scale*
  • Emailed award certificate PDFs for each medal winning wine (Non-winning wines do not receive certificates)
  • Best of Class and/or Best of Category eligibility, certificates provided for qualifying wines Consumer-facing tasting note
  • Three-year publication of review on Tastings.com for all awarded wines (will include score, medal, tasting note, pairing suggestions, category info, and more) Click here for an example
  • “Buy-It-Now” button that links your wines’ review page to your e-commerce solution
  • Exceptional wines will be included in Tastings.com homepage features
  • Full results list with final awards emailed to competition committee person at NYWGF at the conclusion of the competition on February 15, 2021

Option 2 - Volume Discounts

  • $125 each for 1-10 wines
  • $115 each for 11-20 wines
  • $100 each for 21+ wines Also offered: $225/wine for a 15-day Priority Review

* BTI’s Points-to-Medals conversion scale:
  • 96-100 - Superlative (Platinum Medal)
  • 90-95 - Exceptional (Gold Medal)
  • 85-89 - Highly Recommended (Silver Medal)
  • 80-84 - Recommended (Bronze Medal)
  • 79/NR - Not Recommended (No Medal)

For this engagement, BTI’s Platinum medal would be equivalent to a Double Gold medal.
ENTRY DEADLINES AND RESULTS SCHEDULE

Entries are accepted and progressively reviewed starting November 1st, 2020 through January 31, 2021 with three submission deadlines on the first of every month. Individual wine results will be distributed directly to the wineries 45 days after the submission deadline.

Enter by: November 1st December 1st January 1st
Results Received: December 15th January 15th February 15th

HOW TO ENTER
  • Review the Competition Rules
  • Determine the correct class identifications for your wines (see following page)
  • Enter online through the BTI Client Portal via the REGISTER tab of this landing page.
  • Ship your samples to arrive no later than 15 days past your chosen deadline(s)
DEADLINES
  • November 1st deadline > Samples due by November 15th
  • December 1st deadline > Samples due by December 15th
  • January 1st deadline > Samples due by January 15th

SHIPPING

Ship Two (2) 750 ml bottles or equivalent to:

Beverage Testing Institute
4849 North Milwaukee Avenue
Suite 304
Chicago, IL 60660

Provide shipper with our phone 773-930-4080 and email reviews@bevtest.com

Our facility is temperature-controlled, you may ship as early as you like. Bottles will be appropriately stored and cared for based on style.
COMPETITION RULES

The competition is open to any wine produced in and bearing an approved New York AVA as established by the TTB.

A complete listing of New York AVAs can be found here:
https://www.ttb.gov/wine/established-avas#New-York

  • Finger Lakes/Cayuga/Seneca
  • Hudson River/Upper Hudson
  • Lake Champlain/Champlain Valley
  • Lake Erie
  • Long Island/North Fork of Long Island/The Hamptons
  • New York/New York State
  • Niagara Escarpment
  • New York County

The competition is also open to specialty wines (non-grape wines) and mead produced in New York State.

Non-grape wines and mead will have their own award and are not eligible for the Governor’s Cup round.

  • All entries must be commercially available in New York state at the time of entry
  • All bottles must have a government-approved label attached
  • Varietal wines must contain 75% of the labeled grape variety, otherwise it must be entered as a blend
  • In order to be eligible for the Winery of the Year Award, a winery must enter seven (7) or more grape wines
  • There will only be a Best of Class winner for a given class if there are 7 or more entries in the class and at least one entry achieves a gold medal.

WHITE

  • Albariño
  • Cayuga
  • Chardonnay (Oaked)
  • Chardonnay (Unoaked)
  • Diamond
  • Gewürztraminer
  • Grüner Veltliner
  • Niagara
  • Pinot Gris
  • Riesling (Dry)
  • Riesling (Medium Dry)
  • Riesling (Medium Sweet)
  • Riesling (Sweet)
    Please note: Riesling Categories are per IRF Guidelines.

  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Seyval
  • Traminette
  • Valvin Muscat
  • Vidal
  • Vignoles
  • Other Vinifera White Varietal
  • Other Hybrid White Varietal
  • Other Native White Varietal
  • White Blend (Vinifera)
  • White Blend (Vinifera & Non-Vinifera)
  • White Blend (Non-Vinifera)

PINK

  • Rosé (0 to 2% RS)
  • Blush (> 2% RS)

SPARKLING

  • Traditional Method
  • Force Carbonation/ Transfer Method
  • Pétillant Naturel (Pet-Nat)

RED

  • Baco Noir
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Concord
  • Lemberger/Blaufrankisch
  • Léon Millot
  • Malbec
  • Maréchal Foch
  • Marquette
  • Merlot
  • Noiret
  • Petit Verdot
  • Pinot Noir
  • Syrah
  • Other Red Vinifera Varietal
  • Other Red Hybrid Varietal
  • Other Native Hybrid Varietal
  • Red Blend (Vinifera)
  • Red Blend (Vinifera & Non-Vinifera)
  • Red Blend (Non-Vinifera)

DESSERT

  • Late Harvest
  • Ice Wine (frozen on the vine)
  • Iced Wine (frozen after harvest)
  • Other Dessert Wine (over 14% alcohol)
  • Fortified (Port-like)
  • Sherry-style

SPECIALTY

  • Honey Wine/Mead
  • Fruit Wine
  • Sparkling Fruit Wine
  • Orange Wine
  • Other Specialty Wine

If you have any questions regarding the New York Wine Classic competition, please email Jennifer Cooper or by phone at (315) 924-3706.

More Info:

NYWGF members receive a $10 discount per entry on this option. Please contact Jennifer Cooper for more information or to receive your code.  

If you have any other questions regarding the New York Wine Classic competition, please email Jennifer Cooper or by phone at (315) 924-3706.

If you have any technical questions or issues with the submissions process please email our support team at support@bevtest.com


For a PDF version containing the details of the 2 entry options and other competition entry information:

NY Wine Classic Rules (PDF)