Updated: Sept. 3, 2020
This Year’s Theme: "Wine at Home"
If you spent a big chunk of 2020 sheltering in place or practicing social distancing (and maybe still are), this year's contest is a chance to show your creativity and share the role wine plays in your life at home, whether that’s a long-standing habit or a new ritual. This time, as much as we love them, we aren’t seeking tales of a once-in-a-lifetime wine-country vacation, overhead drone shots showing the elaborate choreography of harvest or leisurely pans across stunning vineyard vistas. (Though if that’s the view out your back door, please share!)
Tell us a story about virtual happy hours with family and friends, replacing a vacation to wine country with online tastings hosted by favorite wineries, supporting local restaurants by buying takeout wine and signing up for pairing classes …. Maybe learning about wine has become the focus of a new career, a hobby to fill the time, creative inspiration for another vocation or avocation—from animation to spoken-word poetry—or simply a source of daydreams. Maybe wine already is your career or home is at a winery or vineyard—and your life in wine has either meant having to adopt a new outlook or brought a welcome sense of continuity …. Or after getting through another tough day, whether it’s on the front lines of the coronavirus response or juggling home schooling with remote office work, a glass of good wine has been an occasion to slow down, appreciate life and connect with the people you’re with every day. Tell us what wine has meant to you, what you've been enjoying, what you've learned ….
For more examples and inspiration, see the free videos posted each week at WineSpectator.com or see the winners, finalists and honorable mentions from past years' video contests.
The deadline has been extended. All entries must be submitted by Monday, Aug. 31, at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Who Can Enter?
Anyone can enter—whether you’re a wine lover, work in the wine or restaurant industry, or are a student of film, culinary arts or viticulture and enology. You do not need to be a pro videographer. You do not need a pro camera setup. (A past runner-up was shot entirely with an iPhone.) You do need to be at least 21 years old.
Can Wineries Enter?
Short films submitted by winery owners, winemakers or other winery staff are welcome as long as the product placement is minimal, but winery/brand advertisements are not eligible. A couple low-key label or bottle shots are fine; videos will not be chosen as finalists if they open and/or close with branding shots and/or if they repeatedly splash the brand on the screen. If you are part of a winery team, tell us a story, educate us, capture our hearts and, most important, share what wine meant to you in 2020.
For a great example of a winery-focused story, check out 2018 first-place winner “The Soul of Barolo.”
Criteria: We’re looking for creativity and great storytelling as much as strong production quality.
Picking the Finalists: Wine Spectator editors will select the best videos, which will be posted at WineSpectator.com on Monday, Sept. 14.
Picking the Winner: Visitors to WineSpectator.com will vote for their favorite video among the Finalists during the voting period, which runs from Monday, Sept. 14, through Sunday, Sept. 13 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Ballot stuffing is prohibited. Compensation may not be offered in return for votes.
Announcing the Winner: The second- and third-place recipients, along with any honorable mentions, will be revealed Monday, Sept. 21, at WineSpectator.com. The first-place video will be revealed on Tuesday, Sept. 22.
1. Grand Prize: The creator of the winning video will receive a pair of full event registrations to Wine Spectator's 40th anniversary Wine Experience in New York City on Oct. 21–23, 2021. Plus, the winning video may be screened at the event as part of the official program. Note: The Grand Prize winner will not receive a Finalist Prize in addition to the Grand Prize.
2. Finalist Prize: The finalists, as chosen by our editors, will each receive a pair of tickets to one of the following events of their choice: any one of the 2020 Grand Tour tastings or 2021 Grand Tour tastings (dates and locations TBD) or one of the two evening Grand Tastings at the 2021 Wine Experience in New York City, either Oct. 21 or 22. Finalists' videos will be posted at WineSpectator.com.
3. Entry Prize: Everyone who submits a video judged by our editors as a valid submission will receive a 12-month full-access membership to WineSpectator.com, which includes more than 390,000 wine reviews. Current members will receive an extension of their membership. (Limit one entry prize per entrant.)
- Length: Videos must be a minimum of 30 seconds long and must not exceed 2 minutes.
- The entrant, all persons associated with the video production, and anyone appearing in the video who interacts with wine must be 21 years of age or older. (Proof of age may be requested.)
- Videos must not contain any copyrighted material (including copyrighted background music) unless the entrant has the rights to the material.
- Videos must be the entrant's original creation.
- Videos cannot contain any profanity, offensive language, nudity or otherwise objectionable material, the determination of which is solely at the discretion of Wine Spectator.
- Wine Spectator is not responsible for any wine reviews or opinions contained in entrants' videos.
- Videos must be in the English language or subtitled.
- If your video includes persons other than yourself, you must have consent from those persons to appear in your video and in this contest.
- Wine Spectator reserves the right to reject, not to use or make available for public viewing, or at any time remove any video that Wine Spectator finds unsuitable for any reason at its sole discretion.
- Multiple entries are allowed.
- The Finalist who becomes the Winner will receive the Grand Prize (and not the Finalist Prize).
- All submitted videos may be used for promotional purposes by Wine Spectator.
The video file size must be no larger than 500MB.
We accept these video file formats: mp4 or mov.
How to Submit Your Video
It's easy. Complete the entry form and upload your video.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.