We are now accepting submissions for our tenth annual Best of the Northwest issue! Out in November, this annual print collector’s issue will feature the top picks for wine, beer, spirits, cider and seltzer the region has to offer. The top four winning submissions of each category will be awarded medals. The issue will also cover industry leaders, trends and products.

The beverages will be tasted blind, with a panel comprised of the Northwest’s top palates, judges and professionals, whose verdict we will relay onto the pages of the issue. Our goal is to provide our readers with unique and original content pertaining to the best of Northwest beverages and create an overall greater consumer awareness and appreciation of our area’s liquid assets.


To submit wines to the 2021 Best of the NW, please use the below rules for entry:

  1. Cost of entry is $65 USD for each individual product submission. Payment is accepted by credit card when submitting or by check via mail to 1333 N. Northlake Way, Suite E, Seattle, WA 98103.
    All applicable submission fees must be paid in full by Tuesday, September 7th, 2021 to be entered in the judging. 
  2. Please fill out the submission form HERE (or by copying the link below into your browser*) through Enofile. If paying with a credit card, you will pay here.
    The submission will not be entered in the judging unless the Enofile form is completed.
  3. Send three (3) samples of each submission of 750ml or four (4) samples of each submission of 500ml or less. For dessert wines, send two (2) samples of each.
    For canned wines, send four (4) samples of each.
  4. List the price of the product based on suggested retail price before taxes.
  5. The product must be currently available through the calendar year of 2021.
  6. All products must be produced in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana or British Columbia with fruit grown in one of those regions/states.
  7. Submission receiving deadline is Tuesday, September 7th, 2021.  

NOTE: If you are submitting through the Wine Growers British Columbia (WGBC) Consolidation Program, please reach out to them directly for submission requirements and deadlines. Click here for details.

*Payment and submission link: https://enofileonline.com/landing.aspx?competitionID=2822

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THE CATEGORIES* ARE:

Red Wines

Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Grenache
Malbec
Merlot
Petit Verdot
Pinot Noir
Red Blend – Bordeaux-style (a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot and/or Carménère)
Red Blend – Proprietary (a blend that uses red varieties that originated from all over, “a kitchen sink” blend) 
Red Blend – Rhone-style (a blend of the red grapes of Rhone Valley origin; Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache, Counoise, etc.)
Red Single Varietal (Dolcetto, Barbera, Gamay Noir, etc.)
Sangiovese
Syrah
Tempranillo

White Wines

Albariño 
Chardonnay — Oaked
Chardonnay — Unoaked 
Chenin Blanc
Gewürztraminer
Grüner Vetliner
Pinot Blanc
Pinot Gris/Grigio
Riesling
Roussane
Sauvignon Blanc
Viognier
White Blend
White Single Varietal (Semillon, Grüner Veltliner, Chenin Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne, etc.)

Orange Wine – (extended skin-contact)

Sparkling Wines

Rosé
Pét-Nat
Sparkling

Rosé (2020 vintage only)

Blends
Single Varietal 

Canned Wines

White
Red
Rosé

Dessert

All types (including fortified/Port-style, late harvest, ice wine, etc.)

*Though unlikely for most, all categories are subject to change if submissions are too low or too high. In the case of lower submissions, wines would be merged into an appropriately fitting category; for higher submissions, a category of its own would be created.  

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SHIPPING INSTRUCTIONS:

1) Carefully package all glass-format products, as shipping companies are not always gentle.

2) Please do not use packing peanuts or popcorn.

3) Ship all entries to the following address:

Sip Magazine c/o Seattle Wine Storage
ATTN: Best of Wine
9401 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

For in-person delivery, submissions are accepted at the above address between 12-6pm daily (excluding holidays).

Sip Magazine is an award-winning publication covering the wine, beer, spirits and cider of the Pacific Northwest and beyond at SipMagazine.com. Please join us in finding the best of the year to highlight and showcase in this issue. Thank you!