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Rules and Regulations of the Frankfurt International Trophy
ARTICLE 1: DEFINITION AND OBJECTIVES
1. The Frankfurt International Trophy, situated at An der Ochsenwiese 3, 55124 Mainz, Germany, hereafter called the « Competition » is a wine, beer and spirits, hereafter called « Products » competition with previously registered wines which are eligible to be granted an award based on quality.
2. The Competition is organised by Armonia Deutschland GmbH located at An der Ochsenwiese 3, 55124 Mainz, Germany, hereafter called « The Organiser » and takes place in Frankfurt on the Main.
3. The objectives of the Competition are:
- to promote knowledge of wine, beer and spirits of outstanding quality to the public,
- take consumer tastes better into account by inviting experienced amateurs to be part of its juries,
- to support consumers to make even better choices
- and to put Frankfurt city on the map of the world
ARTICLE 2: PRODUCTS ELIGIBLE TO COMPETE
WINE COMPETITION: all wines in the world, with or without a geographical denomination, are allowed to register: still wines, liqueur wines, sparkling and semi-sparkling wines. Each wine must be in conformity with regulations in force in its country of origin.
All these products must be destined for sale and must be from a homogeneous batch of at least 1000 litres. A reduced volume, of at least 100 litres, may be admitted upon justification of a low production.
BEER COMPETITION: are allowed to register all drinks in the world being marketed under the designation « Beer ».
SPIRITS COMPETITION: are allowed to register all spirits, brandies and liqueurs in the world.
ARTICLE 3: PROFESSIONALS AUTHORISED TO PRESENT PRODUCTS
The following professionals may participate:
WINE COMPETITION: winemakers, cooperatives, associated cooperatives, groups of producers, producers, merchants, importers.
BEER COMPETITION: brewers, commercial agents, manufacturers, importers.
SPIRITS COMPETITION: distillers, commercial agents, manufacturers, importers.
ARTICLE 4: SENDING SAMPLES
Shall be submitted:
- for each WINE registered, 3 samples of at least 0.5 l
- for each BEER registered, 3 samples of at least 0.33 l
- for each SPIRIT registered, 2 samples of at least 0.5 l
Sales labels in conformity with the regulations of the country of production or sale shall be affixed to the sample bottles before they are submitted.
Samples should arrive at the Competition ‘postage paid’, i.e., with shipping, customs duties and taxes paid by the sender. Bottles shall be sent at the participant’s expense and at his or her own risk. Any sample sent shipping due will be refused. Samples received that do not correspond to registration information or were not previously registered will not be presented for tasting and will remain the property of the Competition.
ARTICLE 5: REGISTRATION RULES
The participant must provide the information required to open an account. He or she must also complete a registration form, called a product form, for each product submitted. This may be done by post or online.
Registration by post: The completed participant form and product form(s) should be sent to the following address: Frankfurt International Trophy - An der Ochsenwiese 3, 55124 Mainz - Germany. Forms are available on the Competiton’s website ( www.frankfurt-trophy.com), hereafter known as the site”, or upon request.
a) The participant must open an account on the site. He or she will then have a personal account that can be used to present products. There is no charge for opening an account.
b) A form must be completed on the site for each product submitted. This form is available on the site from the participant’s personal account.
2. Registration fees must be paid in accordance with provisions laid down in Article 7. Payment methods are also described in detail in Article 7.
The information provided on both forms is binding on its author.
3. For wines registration, an analysis report (see article 6) for each wine must be sent to the address given above in order to register for the Competition.
ARTICLE 6: ANALYSIS REPORT (ONLY FOR WINES):
The analysis report should include information that makes it possible to identify the sample, along with the following analytical information:
1. alcoholic strength
3. total acidity
4. volatile acidity
5. total sulphur dioxide content (SO2)
6. excess pressure from carbon dioxide for sparkling wine
ARTICLE 7: REGISTRATION FEES
1. The registration fees are indicated on the participant form and on the site. They are given in euros, and are the same for all countries: 42.50 € excluding VAT for each product presented.
2. The payment can be made by bank transfer or credit card.
In keeping with European legislation, participants who are in the EU with a VAT number and particants outside the European Union will be invoiced ex-VAT. Participants located in Germany will be will be billed with VAT.
The choice of payment method for the registration fees is made online in the participant’s personal space, after having completed the product registration process. Credit card payment is made via a secure online payment system (Visa, Mastercard).
Payment should be made to the order of « The Organiser ».
3. If registration fees for a product have not been paid, the sample will not be allowed to take part in the competition.
The Competition is not responsible for paying bank fees. Credit cards are charged on the day the registration is recorded.
Registration fees cannot be reimbursed if, for example, samples or forms arrive after the deadline, if the product does not receive a prize, or if the registration is cancelled for any reason.
Participants shall receive an invoice by email. If the participant does not have an email account, the invoice will be sent by fax or post, as requested.
ARTICLE 8: CALENDAR
Opening and closing dates for registration, as well as the deadline for receiving samples, can be obtained from the Competition (Frankfurt International Trophy - An der Ochsenwiese 3, 55124 Mainz - Germany). This information also can be found on the frankfurt-trophy.com website. Tastings may be scheduled on other dates at other venues in addition to the main date and place indicated on the site or in documents.
Article 9: CONTROL OF SAMPLES RECEIVED
The Organiser verifies the receipt of samples with the registration form and the official documents accompanying them. For wines, attention shall be paid to the correct use of appellations of origin and geographic indications. Samples which do not respond with the provisions of the present rules shall be rejected.
Article 10: CLASSIFICATION AND ORGANISATION OF SAMPLES PRESENTED
Samples are classified by category based on the registration documents. A category includes samples with the same characteristics, because such products can be compared.
The samples are presented to the jury, in each category.
ARTICLE 11: DESIGNATION OF JURORS
1. Juries are composed of jurors who are designated and called directly by The Organiser from a list of jurors who have voluntarily registered on the Competition’s website.
2. The samples shall be evaluated by juries, whose numbers shall be set
according to the number and the nature of products presented at the competition.
3. For each category the jury will be composed of max. 5 and at least 3 persons. Half of the total number of jurors shall be professionals (oenologists, cellar masters, wine merchants, producers, cellar managers, brewers, distillers, brokers, wholesalers, sommeliers, restaurant owners, importers, retailers).
4. The jurors are designated « intuitu personae ». Therefore, they may only be replaced by the authority which designated them.
5. The organiser has the right to disqualify any juror to avoid having a competitor judge his or her own products, or for any other reason. He or she is not required to disclose the reason for dismissing the juror.
6. If one or more members of the jury are absent on the day of the tasting, the Organiser may designate substitute jurors.
7. Jurors’ names are confidential. Their personal data is not communicated to any third parties.
8. Legal proceedings may not be brought against the Organiser as a result of their choice of tasters. Tasters have sovereignty. Their marks cannot be contested.
ARTICLE 12: PRESIDENCY OF JURIES
The Organiser appoints a jury president. The president makes sure the tasting is carried out properly, and in particular that all samples remain anonymous. He or she shall make sure the marking sheet is used when samples are judged. He or she shall preside over the collection of marking sheets and their delivery to the commissioner general. Juries are placed under his or her responsibility.
Article 13: DUTIES AND RESPONSABILITIES OF THE ORGANISER
1. The Organiser cannot, however, be held responsible if an unexpected event prevents a tasting from being carried out properly.
2. The Organiser ensures correct preparations, examination of samples and communication of the results as well as constant evaluation of the jurors. The organiser shall endeavour:
- to oversee the anonymity of samples submitted to the jurors as well as the secrecy
of the results until the close of the competition,
- to control the organisation of the tasting for which it has responsibility before constitution of the juries. Notably it shall verify the order in which the samples shall be presented,
- to test the opening of the samples, their identity
and their anonymity for the members of the jury,
- to control the examination of the results: distribution and collection of score sheets, calculations, posting of the results,
- to provide an information session beforehand to all jurors on the use of the score sheet.
Article 14: GENERAL FUNCTIONNING OF THE JURIES
1.1 Before each sample shall be served, a data sheet of samples presented and
corresponding score sheets shall be placed at the disposal of the jurors. Technical indications related to samples shall be indicated on the score. The name of the juror or his/her identification shall be included on the score sheets.
1.2 The personnel collecting the sheets shall ensure that score sheets are correctly
1.3 Duplicates of score sheets shall not be left with the jurors.
1.4 Smoking is forbidden. In addition, the juries must avoid using perfumes, which may disturb the sessions. Mobile phones must be turned off.
2. Material functioning
2.1 Bottles are numbered, opened, then re-locked anonymously and covered with opaque wine socks. The organiser will take all necessary measures to ensure that samples submitted for tasting remain entirely anonymous. He or she may proceed to transfer the product to another container, change or mask the label, or perform any other operation required to ensure the anonymity of samples.
2.2 The number of the service on the packaging must be different than the registration number.
2.4 Each juror receive a permanent number. The juror will be provided with a seat and an individual table.
2.4 The Organiser shall ensure the dispatching of the samples between the juries.
ARTICLE 15: MEANS OF JUDGING
1. Products are entered in the competition in the hope of obtaining an award. Samples are judged on the basis of their organoleptic qualities, which are evaluated by the jury using a marking scale provided by the Organiser.
2. Each sheet must likewise include the jury number.
3. The Organiser alone determines how samples shall be tasted, and shall not be held responsible if a product does not receive an award.
4. Marks are confidential.
ARTICLE 16: ROLE OF JURORS
1. After tasting the sample, each juror shall tick the box on each line corresponding to the appraisal of a given characteristic.
2. The taster can make possible observations in the appropriate space, and then
he/she can submit the sheet.
3. Each product is tasted individually and not in comparison.
Article 17: TRANSCRIPTION AND CALCULATION OF RESULTS
The secretariat shall verify that the sheet is completely filled out and check the
total score allotted by the juror.
When a product is marked « eliminated » due to a major defect by at least two jurors, the sample shall, under no circumstances receive an award by this jury. Each sample is rated based on the average of the scores resulting from the calculation of appraisals from each of the jurors. The Organizer reserves the right to eliminate figures which differ by more or less than seven points ranging from the average rating.
ARTICLE 18: GRANTING AWARDS
1. The sum of all the medals awarded to the samples must not exceed one third of the total of samples presented at the competition.
2. Only samples with a score equal or higher than 80 points can be awarded.
3. The Frankfurt International Trophy grants the following awards:
- Grand Gold Medal - at least 92 points
- Gold Medal - at least 85 points
- Silver Medal - at least 80 points
ARTICLE 19: DOCUMENTATION OF AWARDS
1. Awards granted are accompanied by documentary proof, or a « Diploma »,
established by the Organiser.
This diploma indicates the exact designation of the sample which received the award and the exact identification of the corresponding participant.
2. Awards obtained are represented in the form of a medal.
3. In order to ensure traceability of granting awards, the Organiser shall keep all the relevant documents with regard to sample registration, in addition to a copy of the wine-samples which received awards, for at least one year after the competition was held.
4. These distinctions may be placed only on the bottles or packages of award-winning products.
Medals representing the distinctions obtained may be affixed to bottles. They shall be available for award-winning products. The number of medals provided will correspond to the volume declared when the wine is registered for the competition.
BEERS AND SPIRITS COMPETITIONS
Medals representing the distinctions obtained may be affixed to packaging. They shall be available for award-winning products. Medals can be attached to products for a period of two years following the date that results are announced.
5. If there is a problem with the use of the adhesive medals delivered by the Competition, the Competition shall not be held responsible for any losses in productivity, given the numerous parameters involved when the product is bottled. the Competition shall, however, do all in its power to replace the rolls of medals concerned.
6. Prior authorisation must be obtained, and fees paid, before completely or partially reproducing or representing the medal or logo. (See article 22).
ARTICLE 20: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
Any reproduction or representation, either total or partial, of the medal, logo, name, or any part whatsoever of the website is strictly forbidden without prior written agreement. Reproduction of medals cannot be made without authorisation, and the graphic representation cannot undergo any sort of modification, correction, or adaptation.
In every respect, and under all circumstances, the name, brand, and distinctive signs found on the site or any other medium developed and used by the Competition are protected by copyright.
ARTICLE 21: CONTROLS
1. The Organiser reserves the right to cancel any incomplete or erroneous registration and to eliminate any sample that does not conform to rules and regulations. It also reserves the right to have a certified wine analysis laboratory perform an analytical verification of award-winning samples and to take any subsequent steps it deems necessary. The Organiser may take samples at sales points to verify that samples tasted correspond to bottles actually found for sale in stores or at the vineyard.
2. If a sample is not in conformity with the analysis report provided, with the vintage and lot that it represents, the participant shall be temporarily or permanently excluded from the Competition and legal action may be taken.
ARTICLE 22: USE OF THE « FRANKFURT INTERNATIONAL TROPHY » BRAND NAME
Use of the Frankfurt International Trophy” brand name or the logo corresponding to the distinction awarded is subject to payment of a royalty or permit fee. The medal may be printed on wine labels only by Competition-certified printers. Non-payment of fees shall nullify the concerned party’s right to use the brand name or logo. Any use of the brand name or logo outside the conditions defined in these rules and regulations, the graphics charter, or any other document to which it may refer, shall be considered fraudulent.
Penalties provided for in article 24 of these Rules and Regulations shall apply to any printer who prints self-sticking medals or medals with a permit number without authorisation from the Competition, to any awarded producer or third-party who uses medals from a printer that is not authorised by the Organiser or that does not follow the rules of use described in these Rules and Regulations.
ARTICLE 23: OBLIGATION OF PARTICIPANTS AND AVAILABILITY OF THE RULES & REGULATIONS
Participants in the Competition must accept these rules and regulations, legal information and the policy for managing personal data that can be obtained from Frankfurt International Trophy, An der Ochsenwiese 3, 55124 Mainz, Germany by simple request.
ARTICLE 24: PENALTIES
If the medal or any other distinctive sign belonging to the Competition is reproduced and/or used in ways that do not meet the conditions stipulated in these Rules and Regulations, or in any other document or rules to which it refers, the Organiser may apply the following penalties, no matter what the reasons leading up to the infraction noted and without eliminating the possibility of any other appropriate legal steps--particularly if the participant has acted in bad faith--in order to put a stop to the problem(s) noted and obtain compensation for the direct or indirect damages suffered:
- immediate payment of all fees due for use of the medal for the entire lot under consideration, with an additional financial penalty of 50% of the sum due, a €5,000 fine and payment of all fees (lawyer and independent inspector in particular) incurred by the Organiser,
- immediate suspension of use of the medal until it can be proven that all self-sticking medals and/or medals with permit numbers not yet placed on product(s) have been destroyed,
- immediate removal of all product(s) bearing the medal from all stores and other points where they are sold, at the sole expense of the user who has not applied these Rules and Regulations,
- banned from participation in the Competition, for a period of 1 to 10 years,
- no permission to refer to a medal obtained in a preceding edition of the Competition.
Any penalty applied under the conditions of this article cannot in any case lead to indemnification of the Participant, no matter what motives led to the infraction and even if the penalty is later revoked.
In addition, should producer(s) of awarded product(s) learn that a third-party has used the medal fraudulently, they solemnly agree to inform the Organiser of such use.
ARTICLE 25: APPLICABLE LAW - DISPUTES
These rules and regulations are subject to german law. The language of the rules and regulations is german.
In the case of any dispute or legal action taken against the Competition or The Organiser, Courts of Frankfurt am Main (Germany) shall be the only competent authority regardless of the nationalities of the parties to the conflict.