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Arizona Daily Sun Spring/Summer Wines Sample Deadline February 24

John Vankat with the Arizona Daily Sun is requesting samples from SCV members to taste for his upcoming column on wines for spring/early summer (including Mother’s Day and Father’s Day).  The column is scheduled for publication in the Arizona Daily Sun on Sunday, April 28. He typically recommends 30 wines.

Pre-approval via email is required before submitting samples. John typically needs several days to respond to offers of samples. Please note that he expects to be unable to taste wines that he has not pre-approved. Please reach out to John Vankat directly with any questions regarding the submission process or deadlines.

Submission Details

  • Pre-approval to send wine is required.
  • Email for approval.
  • Most wines featured usually cost under $85 and most have distribution in Arizona.
  • Wines lacking distribution in Arizona must have a suggested retail price of at least $50.
  • Send samples, fact sheet, SRP, and name of the Arizona distributor (if any).
  • Names of retail outlets are not needed.
  • All items must be received by February 24, 2024.

Send samples to:

John Vankat*
c/o The UPS Store**
2532 N 4th St, #161
Flagstaff, AZ 86004-3731
UPS Store phone: (928) 526-4653

* Do not include “Arizona Daily Sun” on the shipping label, to avoid shipments being incorrectly rerouted to the newspaper.

**This UPS Store accepts packages from all shippers, including FedEx, DHL, etc. – even in-person deliveries.