SUNSET Magazine, the leading media brand of the Western lifestyle, is proud to announce the launch of the Sunset International Spirits Competition. With the number of subscribers, demographic of the Sunset Magazine reader base and amount of social media followers this competition will be a must-enter for all spirit producers desiring exposure to a perfect audience.
The esteemed judging panels represent large volume buyers, influential media, successful distillers and other professionals from the spirits category.
Winning producers will be featured in a Spring release of a Spirits Special non-print, digital edition with supporting microsite. Promotions for Spirits Award Special Issue will be placed in sunset.com, Sunset eNewsletters and Sunset social sites. The edition will be promoted and available for 12 months or until the 2023 Spirit Awards winners are announced.
The Sunset Magazine International Spirits Competition will take place on October 25th and 26th in Santa Rosa, CA and the deadline for submission is October 17th. To enter your product, please fill in our online entry form. *Note: All shipments must be received by 5pm on October 19th.
“From the martini to the Moscow mule, from the mezcal renaissance to the Rocky Mountain whiskey boom, spirits and the culture of cocktails have long been an integral part of the West. And Sunset has been there every step—and sip—of the way. Our annual spirits competition is one vital way for us to chronicle and celebrate the bottlings, brands, and distillers that are the figurative and literal expression of the Western spirit. As we return to the judging table yet again, we can’t wait to taste the best of the West.”
Hugh Garvey , Editor-in-Chief
Reasons to Enter
Sources: 2018 MRI Doublebase. 2019 Sunset Digital Survey, 2022 Sunset Media Kit, 2022 VinePair article
Frequently Asked Questions
The registration fee is $345 per on-line entry / $195 Mixers and Pre-Mixed Cocktails.
No, all submissions must go through our online system for better and more accurate tracking and communication.
The final deadline for entries is October 17th, 2022. *Spirits delivery deadline is 5pm, October 19th, 2022.
An official entry shall consist of two bottles per entry for 750 ml and larger. For sizes less than 750 ml, please submit three bottles per entry.
The judging will take place October 25th-26th, in Sonoma County, CA.
Winning producers will be featured in the Spring release of a Spirits Special non-print, digital edition with supporting microsite. Promotions for Spirits Award Special Issue will be placed in sunset.com, Sunset eNewsletters and Sunset social sites. The edition will be promoted and available for 12 months or until the 2023 Spirit Awards winners are announced.
Please ship spirits directly to the address below. *Entries MUST arrive no later than 5pm on October 19th, 2022. Download pre-addressed shipping labels.
Sunset International Spirits Competition
c/o Express Wine Shipping
7970 Cameron Dr.
Windsor, CA 95492
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