Open Amateur Wine Making Contest

Iowa is becoming known for their locally grown and produced wine.
I know several people that make wine at home from grape to rhubarb to elderberry. They all say how great their wine is but never really have a chance to show it off or compare it to other locally made wines. I am excited that they will now have that chance at The Linn County Fair this year. I know I will be there to check out what our local amateur wine makers have produced!

The Linn County Fair and Déjà Vine Vineyards & Winery are excited to host the first Open Amateur Wine Making contest at the Linn County Fair on Friday, July 8, 2011 to help show case some of the amateur wines in Iowa.

 

 

The Amateur Wine Making contest is open to all Iowa residents and participants are encouraged to pre-registry by going to http://thelinncountyfair.com/open-classes.html. Entries will be received Friday, July 8, 2011 between 8 am – 9 am in the Wine Garden at The Linn County Fair in Central City.

General Rules:

  1. Must be 21 years old to enter.
  2. One bottle per entry required.
  3. Clean, standard 750ml bottles with no labels
  4. One entry per class.
  5. No commercial wineries
  6. Wines will be judged on color, clarity, bouquet, and flavor.

Categories include:

Division I: Variated Wines

Class:

  1. Red, dry
  2. Red, sweet
  3. White, dry
  4. White, sweet
  5. Blush, dry
  6. Blush, sweet

Division II: Non-variated Wines

Class:

  1. Red, dry
  2. Red, sweet
  3. White, dry
  4. White, sweet
  5. Blush, dry
  6. Blush, sweet

Division III: Country Wines

Class:

  1. Berries, dry
  2. Berries, sweet
  3. Fruit, white dry
  4. Fruit, white sweet
  5. Fruit, red dry
  6. Fruit, red sweet
  7. Rhubarb
  8. Vegetable
  9. Flower/herb

Division IV: Mead

Division V: Other/cider

 

For more information and details on The Linn County Fair go to www.thelinncountyfair.com.

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