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Atascosa County Fair Winnings

Author's wines entered in Atascosa County Fair Home Wine Competition, 2003.


Upcoming Competitions

  • August 19th, Nebraska State Fair Homemade Wine Competition entry form deadline August 5th
  • August 23rd, Michigan State Fair Home Wine Competition deadline August 22nd
  • September 17th, Medina County Fair Homemade Wines Competition, deadline noon, September 17th
  • October 6th, Atascosa County Fair Home Wine Competition deadline October 6th
  • October 15th, San Antonio Regional Wine Guild Fall Home Wine Competition deadline October 15th




The Entrants

Wines submitted for judging at a San Antonio Regional Wine Guild home wine competition.



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Nebraska State Fair Homemade Wine Competition

The Nebraska State Fair Homemade Wine Competition will be judged Saturday, August 19th, 2006 in the Ag Hall at the State Fair Park. Entry forms and fees must be postmarked not later than August 5th. Wines must be delivered not later than August 17th, 4:30 p.m. Entry fee is $5.00 per entry, which must be in a 23-27 fl oz bottle sealed with a cork. The only bottle marking will be the official bottle label, which will be mailed upon receipt of the entry forms and fees. There is no limit to the number of entries per exhibitor, but only one wine of a specific type per class The competition is open to any amateur winemaker. Wines will be displayed in the Exposition Building. Dry wines must be less than 1.002 specific gravity Entry forms and rules may be reviewed at the State Fair website.

COMPETITION CLASSES:

  • 501 Dry Red Vinifera Grape Wines
  • 502 Dry White Vinifera Grape Wines
  • 503 Dry Red Hybrid & Native American Grape Wines
  • 504 Dry White Hybrid & Native American Grape Wines
  • 505 Dry Grape Concentrate Wines (Red & White)
  • 506 Dry Fruit Wines (excluding wild native fruit & berry wines)
  • 507 Dry Berry Wines
  • 508 Dry Wild Native Fruit Wines (excluding grapes)
  • 509 Dry Rosť Grape Wines
  • 510 Dry Novelty Wines (including from vegetables, herbs and flowers)
  • 511 Sweet Red Vinifera Grape Wines
  • 512 Sweet White Vinifera Grape Wines
  • 513 Sweet Red Hybrid & Native American Grape Wines
  • 514 Sweet White Hybrid & Native American Grape Wines
  • 515 Sweet Grape Concentrate Wines (Red & White)
  • 516 Sweet Fruit Wines (excluding wild native fruit & berry wines)
  • 517 Sweet Berry Wines
  • 518 Sweet Wild Native Fruit Wines (excluding grapes)
  • 519 Sweet Rosť Grape Wines
  • 520 Sweet Novelty Wines (including from vegetables, herbs and flowers)
  • 521 Champagne, Sparkling Wine & Mead
  • 522 Specialty Wines (including port, sherry, etc.)
  • 523 Still Mead
  • 524 Still Melomel, Cyser, Etc.




Michigan State Fair Homemade Wine Competition

The Michigan State Fair Homemade Wine Competition will be judged Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006 in the Community Arts Exhibit Hall at the State Fair. Entry deadline is noon, August 22nd. Entries must be in 2 identical 750 mL bottles sealed with a cork. Wines must be made with fruit or grapes grown in Michigan. There is no limit to the number of entries per exhibitor, and more than one wine of per class may be entered as long as they are different types of wine. The competition is open to any Michigan amateur winemaker. Dry wines must be less than 1% residual sugar. Entry forms and rules may be reviewed at the Michigan State Fair website.

COMPETITION CLASSES:

  • 8602 Dry Sparkling Grape Wine - less than 1.5% Residual Sugar
  • 8603 Dry White Grape Wine - less than 1% Residual Sugar
  • 8604 Dry Red/Rose/Blush Grape Wine - less than 1% Residual Sugar
  • 8605 Dry Non-Grape Wine - Sparkling or Still - less than 1% Residual Sugar
  • 8606 Semi-Dry/Sweet Sparkling Grape Wine
  • 8607 Semi-Dry/Sweet White Grape Wine
  • 8608 Semi-Dry/Sweet Red/Rose/Blush Grape Wine
  • 8609 Semi-Dry/Sweet Non-Grape Wine - Sparkling or Still
  • 8610 Fortified Wine - Any Type (Port, Sherry, etc.)




Medina County (Texas) Fair Home Wine Competition

The Medina County Fair's home wine competition is set for Sunday, September 17th 2006 at 1 p.m. at the fairgrounds in Hondo, Texas. The San Antonio Regional Wine Guild will provide judges for the competition. The competition is open to all over age 21.

Entries must be in 750-ml sealed bottles, labelled with the wine's base ingredients and year fermentation began, but not the winemaker's name. For further information, contact Competition Chairman Charlie Suehs.

The following categories apply, although the judges may break out any single collection of wines into a separate category if there are enough entries to warrant it.

  • Mustang (Native Grape) Wine--Dry
  • Mustang (Native Grape) Wine--Sweet
  • Red Dinner Wine--Dry
  • White Dinner Wine--Dry to Semi-Dry
  • Rose Wine--Dry to Semi-Dry
  • Dessert Wine--Sweet
  • Fruit or Berry Wine--Dry
  • Fruit or Berry Wine--Sweet
  • Novelty Wine




Atascosa County Fair (Texas) Homemade Wine Competition

The Atascosa County Fair's homemade wine competition is set for Saturday, October 6th, 2006 at 8 a.m. at the Strawberry Festival Fairgrounds in Poteet, Texas. Wine entries will be accepted from 8 to 10 a.m. No entry fee is required, but contestants must be at least 21 years old. This competition is open to residents of Atascosa County and the contiguous, surrounding counties.

Contestants may enter only one wine per category and must make his or her own decision as to which category a wine will be entered in. Entries must be in 750-ml sealed bottles and each must be accompanied by a list of exact ingredients used in the wine but not affixed as a label. If entries require chilling, contestants must provide their own ice bucket and ice.

All wines will be displayed Saturday and Sunday. Wines and ribbons may be picked up Sunday, October 7th, 1:30-3:30 p.m. First Place, Second Place, and Third Place ribbons may be awarded in each category at the discretion of the judges. Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion rosettes will also be awarded. The following categories apply, although the Home Arts Division Committee reserves the right to combine or expand categories as deemed warranted.

  • CLASS A: Mustang Grape Wine--Dry
  • CLASS B: Mustang Grape Wine--Sweet
  • CLASS C: Red or White Wine--Sweet
  • CLASS D: Red or White Wine--Dry
  • CLASS E: Rosť Wine--Dry or Sweet
  • CLASS F: Dessert Wine--Sweet
  • CLASS G: Fruit or Berry Wine--Dry or Sweet
  • CLASS H: Novelty or Sparkling Wine




San Antonio (Texas) Home Wine Autumn Competition

The San Antonio Regional Wine Guild's autumn Home Wine Competition is set for October 15th, 2006 at Raymond Russell Park, Pavillion #3, off Interstate-10 just north of San Antonio. Larry Lothringer will chair the competition. Registration will begin at 11 a.m., judging at 1 p.m.

COMPETITION RULES:

1. All entries must be in glass bottles (at least 20 oz).

2. Bottles should not be labelled (entry tags will serve as labels).

3. A person may enter no more than 3 bottles per category for no more than 10 categories.

4. Dry wines must have a specific gravity of 1.007 or less.

5. Sweet wines should have a specific gravity of 1.008 to 1.025.

6. Wines possessing a specific gravity higher than 1.025 should be entered as dessert wines if 14% alcohol by volume or higher.

7. The first place winner in each category will be judged for "Best of Show."

8. Entries must be registered not later than 1 p.m.

9. All SARWG members in good standing are eligible to enter.

10. Home winemakers from other clubs with reciprocal competition policies may enter.

11. Non-members who want to enter may join the Guild at the competition by filling out an Application for Membership and paying the annual dues ($10 for individual, $15 for couple).

12. It is the responsibility of each person who submits an entry to enter it in the correct category. A wine entered in the wrong category may not be judged, or, if judged, will lose 2 competitive points.

13. An entry submitted with a T-cork will be recorked with that device after being opened for judging; all other entries will be allowed to "breathe."

14. The Head Judge may decide to add another category if a large number of wines made from one varietal are entered.

15. The Head Judge may consolidate two related categories--e.g. RosŤ Wine Dry and RosŤ Wine Sweet--if there are insufficient entrants to justify the two categories.

16. The Head Judge may choose not to award one or more ribbons in a category if the scores in that category are not commensurate with similar awards in other categories.

17. The Head Judge's ruling is the final ruling on all issues.

18. Best of Show winners will be eligible for later entry in the Texas Home Wine Competition at SARWG expense if finances permit.

Complete rules and categories can be read online at SARWG's web site. Scroll down to the Rules for Competition.

COMPETITION CATEGORIES:

  • Red Grape Dry
  • Red Grape Sweet
  • White Grape Dry
  • White Grape Sweet
  • Native Grape Dry
  • Native Grape Sweet
  • Fruit Wine Dry
  • Fruit Wine Sweet
  • Berry Wine Dry
  • Berry Wine Sweet
  • Novelty Wine Dry
  • Novelty Wine Sweet
  • RosŤ Wine Dry
  • RosŤ Wine Sweet
  • Blended Grape-Non-Grape Wine Dry
  • Blended Grape-Non-Grape Wine Sweet
  • Sparkling Wine
  • Dessert/Aperitif




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