Samples

UPDATE 2/22/2015
Because we receive such a large volume of samples and the wait can be quite long, I now offer a “Sponsored Review” option. This allows your wine or wine related product to get priority scheduling on the site, includes a link of your choice as well as any promotional message you would like to include. Products considered for this program must still meet all the normal rating requirements and are not given any preferential treatment in this regard. Want to learn more? Send me an email at jon@reversewinesnob.com to request our media kit.

SAMPLE POLICY
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 Reverse Wine Snob accepts actively encourages the submission of wine samples, wine gadgets/gear, food and especially offers of wine related travel because there’s no better way to get to know a wine than to travel to the place where it is made!

If you choose to submit samples, please note a few things:

  • Your wine will be clearly labeled as a 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.

Interested? Send me an email at jon@reversewinesnob.com for shipping information!

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