Samples Policy

Spitbucket is an independent blog with all opinions being solely my own. Maybe a little of my wife’s because…well, marriage.

The vast majority of the wines featured on this blog are items that I’ve purchased myself–often from a variety of sources. Others will be wines that I’ve experienced at tasting events, dinners or winery visits.

I am open to accepting samples from wineries for review with the following conditions.

1.) All samples received will be noted as a sample in its review.

At this time, I am only open to receiving samples of wines or wine books. I’m not interested in paid promotion opportunities or underwritten posts. I may be interested in reviewing products but would need to know more details.

2.) Acceptance of samples does not guarantee a review.

I will review wines on a time table of my convenience that works with my scheduling calendar for posts. I will not review wines that are faulted or that I seriously do not like.

3.) I maintain 100% editorial control over the content of the review.

You are welcomed to submit tasting notes and promotional materials that highlight what is unique about your wine and winery. In fact, I would eagerly like such details as often they are lacking on many winery websites.

While I will try to focus on the positives and who may like a particular wine, I do not guarantee a 100% positive review.

4.) Wineries are welcomed to post my review on their web-page, newsletter and social media with a relevant link to the original blog post.

As long as attribution is provided, wineries have my full consent to use the review as they like.

On my end, I will promote the post via my social media channels of Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Examples of Reviews Written About Sample-Received Wines

60 Second Wine Review — Whidbey Island Pinot noir
Getting Geeky with Whidbey Island Siegerrebe
Getting Geeky With Welsh Family Wines Blaufränkisch
Cannonball Run and Review

To inquire about sending samples please email me at amber@spitbucket.net

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