How to Enter SPIRITS / Rules
Entries may only be made online for this competition.
The entry fee of $345 per entry applies with your enter online at TheDataStill.com. You may pay by check or credit card. ($195. for entries in the Mixers and Pre- mixed Canned and Bottled Cocktails)
An official entry consists of two 750 ml bottles of spirit type.
You may link to your award results to your brand's homepage. Links are free and may be activated at any time. If you with to activate a link, contact Debra Del Fiorentino (see contact information above).
All entered spirits must be available to the general public.
Certain classes will be subdivided by price, at the discretion of the Chief Judge.
Entrants must specify the suggested retail price (SRP) for each entry.
See additioal information on the Sunset International Spirits Competition page.
Categories - a list of categories may be found by choosing "How to Enter" on the main page, and "Spirits Catagories".
entries & DEADLINES
Completed entries and fees must be made online by the stated deadline date. See competition page for specific deadlines. Online entries: winecompetitions.com or thedatastill.com. No refunds for cancellations will be made after the close of entry date, however a credit may be applied toward entry in a future competition (contact Debra Del Fiorentino at 415-640-6337 for details).
Entrants should specify class number of entry, or a class will be selected at the discretion of the Chief Judge. A spirit can be entered in a single class only.
Shipments must arrive at Wine Country Shipping by the stated date. Clearly mark boxes on all sides for
"Sunset International Spirits Competition Entry". Indicate box 1 of 2, 2 of 2, etc. to ensure entire shipment is received. Please ship two 750 ml. or equivalent bottles per spirit type entered. Please ship all entries c/o Wine Country Shipping, 7686 Bell Road, Windsor CA, 95492. Click on pdf icon below to download
pre-addressed shipping labels.
Panels will be comprised of qualified members of media, spirit research, distilling, spirits education and marketing. Majority will rule in reaching a consensus. New bottles will be opened for medal-round tasting. Medals awarded will be Best of Class, Double Gold, and Gold. A certificate will be issued for Silver and Bronze award winners, available on the website.
Award recipients will be notified within 10 working days of the last day of the competition.
Medals are approximately 2 inches in diameter and weigh about 1.5 ounces. The Gold medals are attractively engraved with the competition logo and award designation and are not year-specific. Medals typically take six weeks to produce and are mailed as soon as available. Medal winners will also be posted at on this website and at TheDataStill.com within ten (10) working days of the final judging day.
Any spirits remaining at the conclusion of the judging becomes the property of Wine and Spirits Competitions Management & Productions.
Entrants may link their results to their websites at no cost. The link will be active for the duration that results remain online. Winners will also be entitled to display the trademarked competition logo on their websites and in marketing materials in compliance with the event owner's policies. Logos will be available for download on this website at the conclusion of the competition. All winners will receive an official press release after the competition once results are official and winners have been notified. You may tailor it to your company's needs.