2017 WineMaker Competition Results

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WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition Results:

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With 2,497 entries, the event is once again the largest wine competition of its kind in the world!

Wines were judged on April 7-9, 2017 at Mount Snow Grand Summit Hotel in West Dover, Vermont.

  • 2,497 Total Entries
  • 506 Total Wine Flights
  • 759 Total Judging Hours
  • 50 American States Represented
  • 6 Canadian Provinces Represented
  • 7 Countries Represented

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From April 7 to 9, 2017, a total of 2,497 different wines were judged at the Grand Summit Hotel and Conference Center at Mount Snow Resort in West Dover, Vermont. This year’s competition was again the largest wine competition of its kind in the world. The 2,497 entries arrived from hobby winemakers throughout North America in 50 American states and 6 Canadian provinces and as far away as Norway and Australia. It continues to be the single largest and most diverse collection of hobby wines assembled annually under one roof.

Over the course of three days, experienced judging panels worked through 506 flights, examining each wine 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 included an astonishing array of varietals and wine styles. New this year was the addition of the Apple Hard Cider and Perry category to meet demand from hobbyists. Kit 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 categoriesand is being renamed this year the “Gene Spaziani Grand Champion Wine” in recognition of our longtime judging director. 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 the winemaking supply stores whose customers outperformed other similar shops.

Finally the Winemaker of the Year award was given to the individual entrant who has the highest average score across their top 5 scoring wines in the competition.

Congratulations to everyone who won a medal, and a sincere thanks to our sponsors, Competition Director Ric Quental, Events Manager Jannell Kristiansen, our judges, competition volunteers, and of course everyone who took time to enter. 

We are already busy planning for the 2018 edition of this competition so get your wines ready for the March 16, 2018 entry deadline! Cheers and thanks for entering your wines!

For a full list of the 2017 WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition judges, please click here

For previous results from 2016 all the way back to the first WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competion which took place in 2002, please click here

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Gene Spaziani Grand Champion Wine

Philip Locilento • Weston, ON
100% Vin Bon Premium Fresh Juice Vidal 2014 

Winemakers of the Year

Rex Johnston and Barbara Bentley • Walnut Creek, CA

Retailer of the Year

MoewWine! • California and Pennsylvania

U-Vint of the Year

Vin Bon • Bradford, ON
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Club of the Year

Contra Costa Wine Group •  California
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Best of Show Mead

Robert Broome • Terrace, BC
70% Fireweed Honey, 30% Gravenstein Apple

Best of Show Estate Grown

Chuck Gower and Cheryl DiPanfilo • Boulder, CO
75% Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Estate Merlot 2015 
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Best of Show Red

George Featherman and Jim Lowney • Flemington, NJ
33.3% Merlot, 33.3% Sangiovese 2015
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Best of Show White

Ron Powell • Marksville, NC
100% Estate Carlos Muscadine 2015

Best of Show Dessert

Dan Boykin • Concord, CA
Port Style 95% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot 2014
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Best of Show Country Fruit

Stephen Plaso • New Philadelphia, OH
100% Ohio Elderberry 2015 

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Best of Show Sparkling

Callie McHarg and Keith Warawa • 100 Mile House, BC
100% RJS Craft Winemaking Orchard Breeezin’ Acai Raspberry 2016
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Best of Show Kit/Concentrate

William Stefan • Fairfax, VA
100% RJS Craft Winemaking Cru Select Specialty Riesling Ice Wine 2016

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