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About the Wine Enthusiast Importer Connection Program

Wine Enthusiast Importer Connection is a program designed to make the connection between importers and producers easier. Producers who are not currently imported in the United States can submit their products for a fee to be reviewed by expert tasters at our headquarters in New York.

All ratings and reviews of products that receive a score of 80 points or higher will be published in our searchable database. Importers who are interested in a product can contact producers directly for more information and to discuss potential business relationships.

Additionally, all qualifying ratings and reviews will be published in the Wine Enthusiast Importer Connection newsletter, which is sent out to our database of importers, distributors, wine shops, restaurants and other industry professionals who are looking to expand their import portfolios.

Tasting Methodology and Goals

All tastings are performed blind. Typically, products are tasted in peer-group flights of 4–8 samples. Pricing tier, production size, provenance and grape variety are not factors in assigning scores. When possible, products considered flawed or uncustomary are retasted.

Each review will include

  • A numeric rating
  • A detailed review
  • The full name of the product
  • Detailed contact information for the producer
  • A suggested retail price tier, as reflected by a scale of one to four dollar signs ($–$$$$)
  • The product's alcohol, in abv, as reported by the submitter
We are doing great in NY, NJ, CT and the Midwest. We are now looking to develop new importers in Texas, California and Florida.
— Stephane Rouveyrol | Producer | Producta Vignobles

Wine Enthusiast Importer Connection Rating Scale

Classic 98–100    The pinnacle of quality
Superb 94–97    A great achievement
Excellent 90–93    Highly recommended

Very Good 87–89    Often good value; well recommended

Good 83–86    Suitable for everyday consumption; often good value

Acceptable 80–82    Can be employed in casual situations

About the Scores

Ratings reflect what our reviewers felt about a particular product. Products deemed Unacceptable (receiving a rating below 80 points) are not reviewed and will not appear in our searchable database.

Beyond the rating, we encourage you to read the accompanying tasting note to learn about a product's special characteristics.

Want more information on how to submit products for review?

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