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February 2020

Unified Wine & Grape Symposium 2020

February 4 - February 6

Since the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) and the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) joined forces to create the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium in 1995, it has become the largest wine and grape conference in the nation. And while we’re proud of the size of the Unified Symposium, it is our established reputation for providing outstanding, current and breaking news, as well as information and content that we find most rewarding. As one of the industry’s premier gatherings, the Unified Symposium presents a vital platform to focus on the issues shaping today, while interfacing the topics and trends shaping the future of grapegrowing and winemaking. Learn more and register at unifiedsymposium.org

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March 2020

Eastern Winery Exposition 2020

March 10 - March 12
Lancaster County Convention Center and Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square Lancaster, PA United States

As the largest industry event east of the Pacific states, EWE is designed to provide Eastern U.S. and Canadian wineries, vineyards and suppliers with an easily accessible, low-cost professional meeting place, trade show and Eastern-focused conference. EWE 2020 takes place March 10-12 at the Lancaster County Convention Center & Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square inLancaster, Pennsylvania. EWE features 35 Workshop & Conference sessions, an exhibit hall with over 190 exhibiting companies, co-location of the License to Steal Wine Marketing Conference, and numerous opportunities for meeting the experts; sharing wine, knowledge, tips & techniques; networking, learning, socializing, equipment purchasing and wine tasting.

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London Spirits Competition

March 23

The London Spirits Competition looks to recognize, reward and help promote spirits brands that have successfully been created to identify with and target a specific spirits drinker. For any spirits brand to earn its place on a retailer’s shelf or a restaurant’s spirits list—and then vitally stay there—they need to be marketable and consumer driven and not just produced in the general hope it can find enough people willing to sell and buy it. That is why the London Spirits Competition is different. It will single out and shine the spotlight on those spirits brands that consumers really want to buy and have a clear market value for trade buyers. A competition  will judge spirits in three key areas: Their quality. Their value for money. What they look like. To be an award winner you will need to have top quality spirits, that offers both the trade and the consumer great value for money, and you will need to look good and truly stand out on the shelf and on the back bar. Key Dates Early Bird Pricing Ends: September 30, 2019 Warehouse Closes For Samples: March 6, 2020 Judging: March 23, 2020 Winners Announced: April 30, 2020 For more…

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London Wine Competition

March 24 - March 25

The London Wine Competition looks to recognize, reward and help promote wine brands that have successfully been created to identify with and target a specific wine drinker. For any wine brand to earn its place on a retailer’s shelf or a restaurant’s wine list—and then vitally stay there—they need to be marketable and consumer driven and not just produced in the general hope it can find enough people willing to sell and buy it. That is why the London Wine Competition is different. It will single out and shine the spotlight on those wine brands that consumers really want to buy and have a clear market value for trade buyers. A competition will judge wine in three key areas: Their quality. Their value for money. What they look like. To be an award winner you will need to have a top quality wine, that offers both the trade and the consumer great value for money, and you will need to look good and truly stand out on the shelf and on the back bar. Key Dates Early Bird Pricing Ends: September 30, 2019 Warehouse Closes For Samples: March 6, 2020 Judging: March 24-25, 2020 Winners Announced: April 30, 2020 For…

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London Beer Competition

March 25

The London Beer Competition looks to recognize, reward and help promote beer brands that have successfully been created to identify with and target a specific beer drinker. For any beer brand to earn its place on a retailer’s shelf or a restaurant’s beer list—and then vitally stay there—they need to be marketable and consumer driven and not just produced in the general hope it can find enough people willing to sell and buy it. That is why the London Beer Competition is different. It will single out and shine the spotlight on those beer brands that consumers really want to buy and have a clear market value for trade buyers. A competition will judge beer in three key areas: Their quality. Their value for money. What they look like. To be an award winner you will need to have a top quality beer, that offers both the trade and the consumer great value for money, and you will need to look good and truly stand out on the shelf and on the back bar. Key Dates Early Bird Pricing Ends: September 30, 2019 Warehouse Closes For Samples: March 6, 2020 Judging: March 25, 2020 Winners Announced: April 30, 2020 For…

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April 2020

WSWA 2020 – 77th Annual Convention & Exposition

April 20 - April 23
Las Vegas, NV

The WSWA Convention is the premier event where distributors seek out new and exciting beverage products, meet with existing partners and look for services to enhance internal operations. 2020 COMPETITION Please join us for the WSWA 77th Annual Convention & Exposition April 20 - April 23, 2020 Las Vegas Details coming soon regarding WSWA tasting competitions: Wine Tasting Competition Spirits Tasting Competition Call for Cocktails Mixology Competition Wholesaler Iron Mixologist Competition Source: wswaconvention.org

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May 2020

Future Wine Expo

May 12 - May 13
Sonoma County Fairgrounds Grandstands, 1350 Bennett Valley Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95404 United States

Future Wine Expo is a new, breakthrough trade show that will bring together the most innovative, dynamic and disruptive technology companies with some of the most influential and leading players in the global wine industry. The event is being organized by Beverage Trade Network, which also organizes events for the wine industry around the world in San Francisco, New York City, London and Shanghai. Over a two-day period (May 12-13, 2020), event participants will have a chance to hear from some of the leading names in the wine industry and see first-hand examples of how to apply technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, and augmented reality to different aspect of the wine experience. Whether it is robotic drones disrupting the Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) experience, or new AR-enabled wine labels creating entirely new wine brand experiences, the Future Wine Expo will give a glimpse into what the future of wine will look like. More than 200 world-class vendors will be present from all over the world at the Future Wine Expo. Who can attend? Future Wine Expo is aimed at senior wine trade executives capable of making the hard, and big buying decisions for their businesses. It is designed for wine industry…

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Sommeliers Choice Awards

May 18
South San Francisco Conference Center, 255 S Airport Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94080 United States
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Judging Date: May 18, 2020 Sommeliers Choice Awards is an international wine competition within the United States that will be judged entirely by sommeliers only. The competition will focus exclusively on the needs of on-premise establishments such as bars, restaurants, lounges and clubs, making this competition fundamentally different from any other wine competition within the U.S. The goal of the Sommeliers Choice Awards is simple: to provide experienced on-premise buyers and sommeliers a valuable benchmark for understanding which wines would make a compelling addition to a wine list. Medals will be awarded to those wines that meet very specific judging criteria, with a goal of identifying wines that should become additions to restaurant wine lists. Wines will be judged according to criteria such as how well they pair with food items in addition to their overall versatility. Highest marks will be awarded to wines that provide value for money at their respective price points. Judges know the trade prices of each wine as they are judging each flight. Hence the winning wines would be the one that would score the highest for its quality, typicity, value, and packaging. Key Dates: International Registration Ends: February 28, 2020 Domestic Registration Ends: April 10,…

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Bartenders Spirits Awards

May 19
South San Francisco Conference Center, 255 S Airport Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94080 United States

The Bartender Spirits Awards is judged by Bartenders, Bar Managers and Off-Premise Managers for The On-Premise Industry.This event will take place in San Francisco on May 19, 2020 and is a spirits competition within the United States judged entirely by top bartenders within the industry. Using the tagline “Judged by Bartenders, Bar Managers and Off-Premise Managers for the On-Premise Industry,” the Bartender Spirits Awards will recognize, encourage, promote and celebrate excellence in the U.S. drinks industry. The aim of the 2nd edition of this competition is to provide independent and honest reviews for brands targeting the U.S. bar trade. The judging panel consists of some of the most renowned names in the U.S. bar industry, all of them with extensive expertise within the on-premise industry. Medals will be awarded to those spirits that meet very specific judging criteria, with a goal of identifying spirits that should become additions to bar inventories. Double Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are awarded to the best-performing spirits based on the following three factors: taste, packaging, and price. KEY DATES Registration Ends: February 29, 2020 Warehouse Closes: April 30, 2020 Judging: May 19, 2020 Winners announced: June 10, 2020 For further inquiries, feel free…

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July 2020

USA Wine Ratings

July 27

USA Wine Ratings is an international wine competition held in San Francisco. A competition that looks to recognize wine brands that look to identify with and target a specific wine drinker. It is a platform for wine brands to showcase their wines in front of some of the leading wine industry experts in the US. The goal of USA Wine Ratings is simple: to single out and shine the spotlight on those wine brands that consumers really want to buy and have a clear market value for trade buyers. The competition will be judged on three key areas: Quality, Packaging and Value. Medals will be awarded to those wines that meet very specific judging criteria, with a goal of identifying wines that should become additions to restaurant wine lists and retailer shelves. Highest marks will be awarded to those wines that are high on quality, have attractive packaging and also provide great value for money. The judges present at the competition will be experts from the US wine industry and thus would be well-versed with the quality, value and packaging aspect. KEY DATES Super Early Bird Registration Ends: October 31, 2019 International Registration Ends: April 30, 2020 Domestic Registration Ends: June 10,…

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The International Bulk Wine and Spirits Show (IBWSS) San Francisco

July 28 - July 29
South San Francisco Conference Center, 255 S Airport Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94080 United States

The International Bulk Wine and Spirits Show (IBWSS) is an annual trade show and conference, open to trade professionals only, which takes place in San Francisco, CA. IBWSS visitors are buyers looking to meet up their demand for bulk wines, bulk spirits, private label programs, grape buying or contract manufacturing. IBWSS San Francisco will give supermarkets, retailers, restaurants, wineries, distilleries and other buyers a premier international platform to source bulk wine and spirits and meet private label suppliers. IBWSS exhibitors are wineries and distilleries looking to sell bulk wine and spirits, producers and negociants who offer contract manufacturing / private label programs and wineries/distilleries/importers who have one-time excess stock to clear. IBWSS buyers are other wineries and distilleries looking to meet their demand, Importers, Retailers, and Distributors looking for private label programs and negociants who are looking to meet growers and producers. ibwsshow.com/

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August 2020

China Wine Competition 2020

August 11

The China Wine Competition looks to recognize, reward and help promote wine brands that have successfully been created to identify with and target a specific wine drinker. For any wine brand to earn its place on a retailer’s shelf or a restaurant’s wine list—and then, vitally, stay there—they need to be marketable and consumer-driven, not just produced in the general hope it can find enough people willing to sell and buy it. That is why the China Wine Competition is different. It will single out and shine the spotlight on those wine brands that consumers really want to buy and have a clear market value for trade buyers. The competition will judge wines in three key areas: 1. Quality 2. Value 3. Appearance To be an award winner you will need to have a top quality wine that offers both trade and consumer great value for their money, and you will need to look good and truly stand out on the shelf and back bar. For more information about the event, please visit the official website at https://chinawinecompetition.com/en

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