Why a trade-only judging panel?

Trade buyers who have daily interactions with consumers are the best people to rank products. They are constantly checking in with the market to ensure that their buying decisions line up with what the consumer wants and what will sell, based upon quality and price. Their livelihoods depend on it--a wrong buying decision means that products gather dust on shelves and have negative impacts on their bottom lines.

The Press and other non-buyers/professional tasters do not have access to this valuable information.  Our experienced trade buyers will sample a wine and either one of three things may happen.  The first is “I personally like it…but it won’t sell”.  The second is “I personally don’t like it…but it will sell”.  The third is “I like it and it will sell”. This feedback is invaluable to other buyers, who have come to rely on our awards to make their own buying decisions.

Why are you using price categories and actual retail price?

All the spirits are judged within their appropriate price range because our judges are deciding whether or not each product will sell in their local market. Price is a very big factor in determining value for the consumer, and it is information that they would consider when making a real buying decision. We wanted our judging to be as close to the real-world buying process as possible, so we provide our judges with the actual retail price of each product in order to gain the most accurate insights from them.

Why did you choose Western Carriers to receive and store the submissions?

Western Carriers is one of the premier wine storage companies in the New York area as well as the one of the largest liquor warehouses in the New York area. Numerous liquor distributors and importers utilize and trust Western Carriers.

We simply do not want anything to happen to your wines, so we chose the best. You can find out more about them on their website at www.WesternCarriers.com.

What if my distributor and or importer stores my wine at Western Carriers?

You may transfer your submissions from your distributor/importer inventory to our account with no additional handling or shipping charges. Please have them contact their primary contact at Western Carriers and have the bottles transferred internally to account #707 New York International Wine Competition.

How do you award medals?

Our trade-only judges award medals based upon the following criteria:

Bronze Medal- Our judges will sell it, distribute it and or import it

Silver Medal- Our judges really like it and will sell it, distribute it and or import it.

Gold Medal- Our judges love it and will sell it, distribute it and or import it.

Double Gold- All of the judges on the panel award it a Gold Medal

For more details, check out our Judging Process

Do you award any other medals?

After we review all the medal winners we will poll the judges for their opinion on the possibility of awarding the following awards.  If no one qualifies, the medal will not be awarded.

“Distillery of the Year”

“Distributor of the Year”

“Importer of the Year”

Does every category get a minimum Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medal Winner?

No. If no product qualifies for a medal then no medal is awarded in that category.

There are a lot of competitions out there, why should we choose yours?

We believe our spirits competition offers several things to a winning distillery:

1.   This is a trade-only judging panel made up of professionals who are well respected by their peers in the industry.

2.  You are placing your product in front of a trade buyer who makes buying decisions!

3.  The media will be invited to report on the competition.

4.  We work with our media sponsors to distribute the results to the trade and to consumers.   All the winners will be listed here on our website.

5.  The AISC gives companies who are not currently imported or distributed in Asia or Hong Kong the opportunity to be discovered.

6.  We do not charge winners for the use of our medals in their marketing materials.

7.  You are only charged once when you submit your products.  There are no additional charges or hidden fees.

How are the results released?

Because we believe in full transparency, the judges immediately receive the results of the spirits they judge.  We then request that the judges refrain from sharing who the winners are with people outside of the judging group until the formal announcements are made.

We will contact the winners shortly after the competition ends.

How do you pick your judges, and are they compensated?

Our judges will be selected from a large pool of talented beverage industry professionals from all over Asia. These buyers are sommeliers, retail store buyers, mixologists, beverage directors in restaurants and hotels, distributors and importers.  We try to make our judging panels as diverse as possible, because we believe each expert brings a different perspective to the judging process on what the consumer wants. We are currently in talks with our judges to determine whether or not we will offer compensation.

Are there any additional fees?

We take great pride in saying NO!  There are no charges for the use of winning medal images for your marketing purposes.

My product is not available yet in Asia. Why should I participate?

This is a great opportunity to present your product to actual buyers if you plan to enter the Asian market and especially the Hong Kong market which is one of the largest spirits buying regions in the world.

Do you announce all of the distilleries who participated, or only the winners?

We do not list all of the distilleries who participated.  We will announce how many spirits were submitted, from how many countries, in how many categories and how many won medals.  This is still a subjective process and we only announce the winning spirits.

Do the owners of the AISC receive any financial compensation outside of submission fees from any liquor companies?

The owners of the AISC have no ownership of any alcohol companies, distributors, liquor stores, bars or restaurants.

The owners of the AISC receive no financial compensation from any liquor company outside of the submission fees for their brands.  We do not accept any advertising dollars either.

We do at times accept free product from our medal winners for our private and consumer tastings we organize through our sister company All Spirits Events.  It is another way to help promote our medal winners and competition.

Do you have a special freight program?

We have partnered with logistic carrier JF Hillebrand to create a special freight program from Europe to our competition this year. You can read more about the freight program here. We hope this is successful and hope to expand this program to other wine producing regions in the future. For more details about shipping, see Shipping Information on the How To Enter page.

Can you help me find a customs broker?

Yes. Please contact our recommended customs broker Park Street by emailing competitions@parkstreet.com.

Can I pay my entry fee by wire transfer?

We do accept wire transfer and there is a $15 banking fee attached to it. Please email us at info@dev-nyiwc.anphira.com for our banking information.

Do you work with large wine organizations?

We encourage large spirits organizations and trade offices to contact us directly for any additional support or assistance they need to submit their products. We offer special rates for organizations and consortiums who participate in our programs. Please visit our Contact Page to find out how to reach out to us.

What happens if the competition is cancelled?

In the event that the judging is not held, a portion of the fees will be refunded, based on the amount paid minus a pro rata share of the expenses for establishing and maintaining entry files.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Competition shall not be liable for failure to perform caused by an act of God, fire, flood, wind, rain, storm, electrical failure, strike, labor dispute, riot, insurrection, war or other causes beyond its control.