The 2008 Wine Literary Award — Winery Information & Registration

  • General Information
  • Purchase advance tickets for WLA banquet April 25, 2008
  • Request Press Pass for WLA banquet April 25, 2008
  • Sponsorship Opportunities for WLA banquet April 25, 2008
  • Previous Wine Literary Award Winners
  • Previous Press Tasting Winery Winners
  • Frequently Asked Questions

  • Winery Participation

    Your winery is invited to participate in several ways. First, this is a rare opportunity to showcase your premier wines to the world's leading wine writers. The Press Tasting is limited to 100 journalists who will pour and taste your wines at their leisure. The writers use this time to study and take notes, using the information for future articles and reference material. We ask that you send three bottles of each wine you'd like to showcase. There is no entry fee, only the cost of shipping the wines to The Wine Appreciation Guild warehouse.

    Again this year, the journalists at the Press tasting will vote for wines in four categories: Best Discovery, Best New Winery, Best Package and Best of Show. The results will be announced at the Evening Award Banquet.

    The goal of this event is to show support for wine writers, whose words, as WLA winner Dan Berger put it, often "outlast the wines for which they were written". Your participation in the evening banquet is highly encouraged. Tickets for the black tie gala are $195 per person, which includes a Grand Tasting of more than a thousand American wines. You will be treated to an hors d’oeuvre buffet and multi-course dinner prepared by the chefs of the California Culinary Academy. You will also witness this year’s Wine Literary Award winner receive his or her honor. This year’s recipient is not yet determined. The award committee will announce its decision in February. Past winners include Hugh Johnson, Jancis Robinson, Dan Berger, Robert Parker, Jr., Gerald Asher, James Halliday, Michael Broadbent, Robert Lawrence Balzer and Andrea (Immer) Robinson.

    Wineries may also sponsor a wine writer at the Evening Banquet. This was immensely successful last year, giving a number of participating wineries and writers the opportunity to become acquainted. There are several levels of sponsorship, and you are welcome to add your own touch to the package, (i.e. inviting the writer to your facilities for a tour in the days following the event). Several wine writers do not have the budget to make the trip for the event. The more writers we can bring to taste our wines, the more written results for the entire industry.

    Please examine the enclosed material and let us know your level of involvement. Space is limited, and we need your RSVP by April 21st.

    *** Visit our Sponsorship Page for information on sponsoring a wine writer for the Evening Banquet. Or visit the Ticket Page to get your tickets to the Evening Award Banquet.

    Participation Form





    We will send 3 bottles of each of the following wines to be included in the Press Tasting and the Grand Tasting for the Evening Award Banquet:

    Make sure we have your wine in our warehouse by April 21st.
    Please send wines to:
    The Wine Appreciation Guild
    360 Swift Avenue, #34
    S. San Francisco, CA 94080

    For additional information please contact Bryan Imelli at (800) 231-9463 ext. 22, or e-mail