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2003 WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition Winners!

1,499 entries 287 wine flights 221 total judging hours 41 American states 8 Canadian provinces 4 countries Walking into a large ballroom packed with 1,499 wine bottles organized into 287 wine flights is a pretty incredible sight, especially for any wine lover. The variety of wine styles alone is remarkable. From a jalapeño wine made in Texas to a backyard estate grown Zinfandel from Sonoma, each bottle has its own story and reflects all the hard work, fun and pride that goes into producing your own wine. The number of entries arriving here for our second contest in Vermont practically doubled over last year’s event making this the largest amateur wine competition held in North America. The 1,499 entries representing 50 different categories were judged on December 6 and 7 at the Equinox Resort in Manchester, Vermont. The judges used a 20-point rating scale developed by UC-Davis to evaluate each wine. More than 600 medals were awarded at the end of the weekend to the best wines. The medalists are listed on the following pages. This list is a well-deserved