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Sample Policy Updated 7/16/2013
When I started this site, I have to admit, I was not totally on board with accepting samples for review. After receiving a few (it's really hard to turn down free wine) I changed my tune. The reason is simple -- wineries, PR firms, and distributors have sent me wine that I've loved and I never would have found on my own. In many cases I think my readers will love this wine too and it therefore deserves a shout-out.
So now The Reverse Wine Snob
If you choose to submit samples, please note a few things:
- Your wine will be clearly labeled as a free sample sent in for review purposes in the review.
- Value (Cost) ratings will be based on the lowest retailer price for that wine, not SRP. (My readers tend to be savvy shoppers who can find good deals.) This also means you're safe submitting wines with an SRP up to about $25.
- You may also submit wines with an SRP over $25 for the "Saturday Splurge" series. These will not be rated on our normal scale, but if we like them they will get a "Saturday Splurge" recommendation.
- Even though I will use actual retail prices for the ratings, please include the SRP of the wines you are sending along with printed tech sheets for each wine! If you include a sticker on the bottle with pertinent info (always helpful) please put it on the back so it does not obscure our bottle shot.
- Taste ratings will be judged as always and no preference will be given for samples.
- Acceptance of a sample does not guarantee a favorable review, or that any review at all will be given. I tend to only review wines that I recommend.
- If you do send me wine, I encourage you to send me the tracking info for your shipment. I'd hate to have your samples sent back due to missed deliveries or other mishaps. And if you have the option, we greatly prefer that you ship via Fedex.
- As temperatures heat up over the summer, I strongly recommend that you do not ship in July and August. If you must, please contact me prior to shipping.
- I encourage you to take a look at my Rating System to determine if your wine is a good fit for my site.
- And finally, as noted above, we also accept samples and offers of wine related products, food and travel. While we may not review these products in their own stand-alone post, we often can work them into an upcoming feature and share them on our social media channels if we like them. (Offers of wine related travel are ideally for two people -- while I'm the writer and primary reviewer, my better half also helps with the reviews and is the photographer.) Contact me for details.
As an added bonus we are also on the nominating committee for the Snooth People's Voice Awards and we actively nominate many of our favorite wines for this unique sought after consumer driven award!
Some info on the site:
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Also check out the recent profile of The Reverse Wine Snob on Business Insider: This Guy Made His Name Finding Stellar Wines For Under $20 And He's About To Spill His Secrets