Asheville Wine & Food Festival: 2nd Annual Winemakers Competition


Winemakers invited to enter wines by Aug. 10 for judging at downtown festival, named one of the best of its kind in the country

Asheville, NC July 8, 2013 – New wineries are opening every day in WNC and there is a rapidly expanding interest in growing grapes and winemaking. “Show us what great wines your cellar holds and we’ll put them to the test with the tasters of the French Broad Vignerons,” says Festival Founder and Director Bob Bowles. “From grape wines to those made with fruit and berries, we want your submissions. Here’s your chance for a professional evaluation, and entry is easy and free.”

Asheville Wine and Food Festival logo

Judging will take place during the Asheville Wine & Food Festival Grand Tasting on Saturday, Aug. 24, at the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Asheville. The fifth annual event, recognized by the New York Post as one of the best of its kind, will feature the finest regional, national, and international wines, exceptional local restaurants, craft beer and spirits, and handcrafted artisanal foods. The wine competition is one of countless special features and activities that will take place during the festival, which runs 12-5 p.m. for VIP admission and 1-5 p.m. for general admission.

 

Wines can be dropped off with a completed entry form by the deadline of Aug. 10 at one of these Asheville locations: Asheville Brewers Supply, The Weinhaus and Metro Wines, or in Weaverville at Maggie B’s. Winemakers residing in North Carolina or bordering states may enter.  (See information and contest rules attached.)

 

Festival general admission is $55 and a limited number of VIP passes will be available for $75. To reserve tickets, visit www.ashevillewineandfood.com.

CONTEST CONTACT: Lindsey Grossman | pr@ashevillewineandfood.com | 828-275-0000

Rules & Entry Form

Entries close August 10, 2013

2013 AWFF Wine Competition Entry Form

AWARDS

Ribbons and premiums will be awarded to wines meriting 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. Ribbons will be awarded for Honorable Mention. Not all categories or places may merit a ribbon. Award-winners will also receive publicity and recognition by Asheville Wine & Food Festival.

 

JUDGING

Judging is provided by members of the French Broad Vignerons who have experience in wine judging and have participated in professional tasting events.

 

INFORMATION FOR PARTICIPANTS

There is no entry fee. Winemakers not employed as a professional or commercial winemaker and residing in NC or bordering states may enter. Entries must be submitted in 750 ml bottles only (2 of each) and liqueurs may be submitted in 375 ml bottles. All bottles must be corked or capped. Wines can be dropped off with a completed entry form by the close of business on August 10, 2013 at one of these locations:

 

  • Asheville Brewers Supply – Asheville (www.ashevillebrewers.com)
  • The Weinhaus – Asheville (www.weinhaus.com)
  • Metro Wines – Asheville  (www.metrowinesasheville.com)
  • Maggie B’s – Weaverville (www.maggiebswine.com)

 

Entries can also be shipped with entry forms, for receipt by August 10, to:

Asheville Wine & Food Festival

ATTN: Wine Competition

1679 Barnardsville Hwy

Barnardsville NC 28709

Phone: 828-777-8916

 

Evaluation of wines will be on appearance, aroma, taste, finish, and overall quality using a modified Davis Card wine evaluation form. Bottle shape and or color and label color design will not have any effect on judging.

 

Judging will be performed during the week leading up to the day of the Festival. The last tasting panel may possibly take place on the day of the Festival, on location at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, so the public may observe how wine judging is performed by our trained Consumer Wine Tasting panels.

 

Winners will be announced at the Asheville Wine & Food Festival Grand Tasting on Saturday, August 24, and posted online at www.ashevillewineandfood.com.

 

COMPETITION CATEGORIES

  • DR – Dry Red: May be a pure varietal or a blend of grapes and fruit
  • DW – Dry White: May be a pure varietal or a blend of grapes and fruit
  • SR – Sweet Red: May be a pure varietal or a blend of grapes and fruit
  • SW – Sweet White: May be a pure varietal or a blend of grapes and fruit
  • MS – Muscadine/Scuppernong: Pure varietal or blend
  • DP – Dessert Wine: Residual sugar higher than 3% and fortified grape wines
  • LQ – Liqueur: Any fruit/nut/vegetable or combination
  • SP – Sparkling Wine: Any non-still wine
  • FW – Fruit Wine: Any fruits or combination not including grapes
  • HM – Mead: Any honey-based wine

 

WINE COMPETITION RULES

  1. Wine entries must be submitted on separate entry forms for each wine class – i.e., 3 dry reds on one form. The winemaker must be the producer of the wine.

 

  1. Varieties of grapes/fruits and residual sugar must be entered in percentages on the entry forms if known.

 

  1. Only winemakers not employed as a professional or commercial winemaker and residing in NC or bordering states may enter.

 

  1. Entrants must submit two 750 ml bottle of each entry. (Liqueurs/fortified wines may be submitted in 375 ml bottles.) All bottles must corked or capped bottles. Entry forms must accompany entries at submission.

 

  1. Each bottle MUST have the following information:

)        Name of the wine

a)       Name of winemaker

b)      Names of grapes/fruits used to make wine

c)       Vintage date (when the wine was made)

d)      Class category (Dry red, sweet white, etc.)

e)       Percentage of residual sugar if known

 

  1. Label must be firmly attached to the bottle with a non-smearing ink in case the label gets wet from condensation or spills.

 

  1. Ribbons will be awarded to wines meriting 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. If no wines in a category merit 1st, 2nd or 3rd place, ribbons will not be awarded.

 

  1. Winemakers may submit as many wines as they wish in all categories.

 

  1. Judges evaluate wine on appearance, aroma, taste, finish, and overall quality using a modified Davis Card wine evaluation form. Bottle shape and or color and label color design will not have any effect on judging.

 

  1. Participants may visit www.AshevilleWineandFood.com after the festival to see winners. Winners will be announced/posted on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at the festival and the following week on the website.

 

WINE JUDGES  A three- to six-member panel of judges will judge the wines. The wine tasting judges will be provided by the French Broad Vignerons (FBV). The FBV is an organization of grape growers, home winemakers, and wine consumers who have been formally trained in evaluating wines using the modified Davis Card wine evaluation form. They represent totally independent and impartial wine consumers. Wines will be judged blind. Judges will not see the wine bottle, nor will they receive any indication of which exhibitor entered the wine.

 

JUDGES GUIDELINES

Judging begins August 12, 2013. 

 

Judges will be divided into several panels. Each panel will judge one or more of the wine classes, and no more than 10 wines in an individual flight of wines.

 

Judges must taste wines within a flight in the order from driest to sweetest.

 

Judges will select the top three wines (only one wine per award) in each of 10 classes, awarding 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

 

Judges will evaluate all wines in a flight independently (silently). If there is no wine in a class deserving of a certain place ribbon, it is not necessary to award all ribbons.

 

Judges are asked to write comments on the score sheets that will be summarized by the Chief Judge for feedback to the winemakers.

 

Chief Judge will collect all score sheets by flight.