From April 16 to 18, 2010 a record total of 4,508 different wines were judged in the 2010 edition of the WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition.
Once again this judging was the largest wine competition of its kind in the world and represented the largest and most diverse collection of hobby wines ever assembled under one roof. The 4,508 entries arrived from hobby winemakers living throughout North America in all 50 American states and 8 Canadian provinces as well as a total of 8 different countries. Over the course of three days, experienced judging panels worked through 796 flights, examining each using the UC-Davis 20-point wine scale evaluating appearance, aroma, taste, aftertaste and overall impression. The wines were entered in 50 different categories and including an astounding array of varietals and wine styles. Kit-based wines competed alongside fresh-grape entries in this blind tasting. Entries were awarded gold, silver, bronze and best of show medals based on the average score given by the judging panel. The Grand Champion wine award was the top overall scoring wine across all categories. The Club of the Year was given to the club whose members won the most medals and the Retailer of the Year and U-Vint of the Year awards were given to winemaking supply stores whose customers outperformed similar shops. Finally the Winemaker of the Year award was given to the individual entrant who has the highest average across across their top 5 scoring wines.
Congratulations to everyone who won a medal, and a sincere thanks to our sponsors, judges, competition volunteers and of course everyone who took the time and effort to enter. We are already busy planning for the 2011 edition of this competition so get your wines ready for the March 4, 2011 entry deadline. Click the link below for a downloadable pdf file of the 2010 medal winners. Cheers!