Master Sommeliers, the best wine directors, wine buyers from restaurant chains and the best American sommeliers take part in the 3rd edition of the Sommeliers Choice Awards.

The aim of the Sommeliers Choice Awards is to provide local buyers and sommeliers with a valuable point of reference to understand which wines are convincingly added to the wine list.

The Sommeliers Choice Awards are judged exclusively by top sommeliers, local wine buyers and managers of restaurants, bars, pubs and clubs in the United States. The Sommelier’s Choice Awards were first launched in 2018 to test the quality of the local wine list and to be a valuable tool for local buyers and sommeliers to add new wines. The competition is proud of the unique value proposition it offers to wine brands from around the world for the US domestic market.

You can view the first panel of ACS 2021 judges here.

The Sommelier’s Choice Awards provide an independent and fair assessment of all participating wines based on a number of key criteria, including parity, typicity, quality, value and packaging.  All wines are rated on a scale of 100 points, and the best-rated spirits are awarded a double medal of gold, gold, silver and bronze. A separate weighted score is assigned for each part of the evaluation process.

How the points system works

The two most important questions sommeliers try to answer are those of wine evaluation: Are we going to stockpile? And if they’re going to buy a second jar…

F (food suitability score) + T (typicity score) + Q (quality score) + value score (V) + packaging score (P) = final score for the selection of the sommelier. Michael Meagher MS Judges at the Sommeliers Choice Awards

Food Convention:

The digestive ratio of a wine is measured by the variety of dishes with which it may be associated, not just one or two.


Typicity is the term used in wine tasting to indicate the extent to which a wine reflects the origin of the variety and thus shows the characteristics of the grapes from which it is made, for example how much a Merlot wine tastes like Merlot. This is an important element in the wine competition, which consists of judging wines of the same vintage against each other.


Quality shall be assessed on the basis of the acceptability of the wine to the intended consumer and on the basis of a chemical analysis. The SCA measures quality on the basis of appearance, aroma, body, taste and aftertaste.


In this context, value means that the price of a wine depends on its quality. The judges will blindly taste and write down what they think is the value they would buy for being honest. If they think it’s an excellent value, the score should be close to 100, and if they think it should be lower, the score should be low. The measure to be used here is price and not quality.

Packaging :

The packaging will be judged according to the way in which the jury welcomes the wine by the consumer. Packaging shall be evaluated for the local market, taking into account factors such as label design and information, closure and overall appearance. This does not apply to boxes, cartons and bags. So they think that the product will be noticed when it is on a wine shelf among thousands of other wines.

A separate weighted score is assigned for each part of the evaluation process. The sum of the points is added up to give a final score from which the individual prizes are awarded.

The evaluation also assesses the wines by the glass, so that restaurant buyers and sommeliers can clearly distinguish between the best wines by the bottle and the best wines by the glass to order for their restaurants.

At the next competition, the judges will also introduce tasting notes for each wine. The result is a unique tasting note that is presented to the participant of the Sommelier’s Choice Award, so that the sommelier can tell his client about the wine. Candidates receive scores, tasting notes and shelf samples in their region to help wine brands position their message and communicate with the end consumer.

We are very pleased with the first 30 judges out of 80 scheduled for the Sommelier’s Choice Awards 2021. Our goal is not only to add more value to wineries and wine brands by 2021, but also to support the sommelier and hotel community without global drinking initiatives such as the Los Angeles Drinks Guide and the New York Drinks Guide, Chicago Drinks Guide, San Francisco Drinks Guide and London Drinks Guide (all planned for 2021), which promote the top winners of the Sommeliers Choice Awards to increase brand awareness and visits to restaurants selling these great wines. – Sid Patel, CEO of the Sommeliers Choice Awards and the Beverage Trade Network.


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