Wine/Cider/Mead Competition Rules and Info

4th Annual

Green Bay Rackers Intra-Club

Wine/Cider/Mead Competition

January 13th 2018

Duck Creek Vineyard & Winery,  Denmark, WI

Registration Form        Bottle Info Label

General Rules

  • Open only to Members of the Green Bay Rackers Home Brew Club
  • $4.00 per entry. Checks only please NO CASH!
  • -Professional Vinters may not compete
  • Entries must be brewed at home, or a non-commercial site. However, as an EXCEPTION, Amateur wine makers who are members of wine making clubs and for club purposes, fermented on the premises of a commercial winery, are exempt from this rule.
  • THE FREE MUST RULE-  Entries brewed at home with juice obtained from a commercial winery or craft brewery are not eligible for entry.

Bottle Sizes
Wine-
One 750ml bottle.
No labels other than the required competition style label that should be attached with rubber band(s). No glue or tape.
No restriction on cap or cork type.
Sparkling examples not mandated to use “champagne-style” bottles with safety cages, but encouraged.
However..
Champagne style wine MUST use champagne style bottles, mushroom cork and safety cages.

Cider/Mead-
One 750ml bottle OR two 12-20 oz beer bottles.
No labels other than the required competition style label that should be attached with rubber band(s). No glue or tape.
Ceramic cap closures (Grolsch style) ARE allowed for these categories.
Crown caps should be solid color, or blacked out with permanent black marker.
Sparkling examples not mandated to use “champagne-style” bottles with safety cages, but encouraged.

 

Categories

WINES (TABLE A)
1) Grape wine, Red – made with only grapes, single or blended varieties
2) Grape wine, White – made with only grapes, single or blended varieties
3) Pear wine – made with only pears, single or blended varieties
4) Stone fruit wine – made from SINGLE type of fruit which has a single stone or seed
5) Berry fruit wine – made from SINGLE type of fruit which has multiple seeds. This includes strawberry
6) Vegetable wine – made from SINGLE type of vegetable root/tuber/rhizome, stem, leaves, or flower. This does include TOMATO and/or DANDELION wines
7) Blended wine – may use ANY blend of different products
8) Fortified wine – any varietal or blended wine which is fortified through the addition of additional distilled spirits
9) Sparkling wine – any naturally or artificially carbonated wine product.

CIDERS & PERRYS (table B)
10) Standard – New World Cider
11) Standard – English Cider
12) Standard – French Cider
13) Standard – New World Perry
14) Standard – Traditional Perry
15) Specialty – New England Cider
16) Specialty – Cider with other fruit
17) Specialty – Applewine
18) Specialty – Ice Cider
19) Specialty – Cider with herbs/spices
15) Specialty – Specialty Cider/Perry

MEADS (Table C)
16) Traditional – Dry, Semi-sweet, Sweet
17) Fruit Mead – Cyser
18) Fruit Mead – Pyment
19) Fruit Mead – Berry mead
20) Fruit Mead – Stone fruit mead
21) Fruit Mead – Melomel
22) Spiced Mead – Fruit & spice mead
23) Spiced Mead – Spice, herb, or vegetable mead
24) Specialty Mead – Braggot
25) Specialty Mead – Historical
26) Specialty Mead – Experimental

Drop Off Site
House of Homebrew  (410 Dousman St, Green Bay, WI 54303)
December 26 2017 – January 6 2018
During regular business hours.
Please have your bottle securely labeled and make sure to include payment.
Late entries will not be accepted

 

Judging:
Saturday January 13 2018. 9:00 am. Awards to immediately follow judging.
The American Wine Society judging criteria will be used. View the guidelines at American Wine Society.

<The Green Bay Rackers reserve the right to judge flights earlier in the week if flight sizes warrant.>

Members are encouraged to attend the judging.

Awards. There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards for all groups in which there are at least four entries. In groups where there are less than four entries, the contest organizer shall determine how many awards there will be for that group

Best of Show. The BOS round shall consist of a maximum of ten (10) wines.

Disqualification

The chief judge reserves the right to disqualify from judging and award eligibility any wine entered if a specialty additive is deemed by the judges to be offensive, blatantly inappropriate, or so overpowering that effective judging of the underlying wine is not possible. There will be no refunds for disqualified wines.

Disclaimers

The Rackers are not responsible for lost entries or fees left at drop off sites. Any Entry received without appropriate fees will not be eligible for judging.

The Green Bay Rackers are solely responsible for the conduct of this contest. All leftover wine, and empty bottles become the property of the Green Bay Rackers. Entry into this competition shall constitute permission for the Rackers to publish all results on their website.

**New for 2018**

You can now enter more than one per category