New York Wine Classic 2021

HOW TO ENTER

  1. Review the competition rules.
  2. Determine the correct class identifications for your wines.
  3. Enter online through the BTI Client Portal HERE. (*No paper entry forms will be accepted!)
  4. Ship your samples to arrive at BTI no later than 15 days past your chosen deadline(s):

    Enter by November 1st > Samples due by November 15th
    Enter by December 1st > Samples due by December 15th
    Enter by January 1st > Samples due by January 15th

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: Please contact Jennifer Cooper at jennifercooper@nywgf.org to obtain your code to receive a discount of $10 per entry.

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
  • NYWGF MEMBERS: Please contact Jennifer Cooper at jennifercooper@nywgf.org to obtain your code to receive a discount of $10 per entry.

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

2021 Entry Classes

WHITE

  • Albariño
  • Cayuga
  • Chardonnay (Oaked)
  • Chardonnay (Unoaked)
  • Diamond
  • Gewürztraminer
  • Grüner Veltliner
  • Niagara
  • Pinot Gris
  • Riesling (Dry)
  • Riesling (Medium Dry)
  • Riesling (Medium Sweet)
  • Riesling (Sweet)
  • 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

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 River
  • Lake Champlain
  • Lake Erie
  • Long Island/North Fork/Hamptons
  • New York/New York State
  • Niagara Escarpment OR a 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.

FAQs

Enter online through the Beverage Testing Institute Client Portal HERE.

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

NOTE: No paper entry forms will be accepted. You MUST enter online, directly through BTI in order for your wines to be judged in this years competition.

*NYWGF MEMBERS: Please contact Jennifer Cooper at jennifercooper@nywgf.org to obtain your code to receive a discount of $10 per entry.

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.

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.

You can read more about BTI’s methodology and judging panel at: https://bevtest.com/lab/

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 1stDecember 1stJanuary 1st
Results Received:December 15thJanuary 15thFebruary 15th

Still have questions?

If you have any questions regarding submissions reach out to BTI’s Client Marketing Manager via e-mail Diana@bevtest.com or call 773-930-4080.

If you have any questions regarding your membership status with the Foundation, or how this year’s competition is different from year’s past, reach out to Jennifer Cooper, Membership & Events Manager at: jennifercooper@nywgf.org or call 315-924-3706.