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Entering Wine Competitions

You’re not obligated to win. You’re obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day.” –Marian Wright Edelman I’ve always liked Marian’s sentiment. There’s nothing that says you have to win, but there’s nothing better in life than trying your best — but when your efforts are rewarded, all the better! Of course, there are some other pretty good reasons to enter a winemaking competition. You can use the opportunity to find out how your winemaking skills compare on an international stage, and even get direct feedback from judges. Some wine kit manufacturers even offer a complimentary wine kit for people who win awards with their products at winemaking competitions — woo-hoo! — and there’s nothing like the feeling of being able to hold up your medal and say “I made this wine!” So, noble sentiments aside, if you’re entering your wine in a competition, you should work as hard as possible to win — and there are some things you can do to maximize your chances.The first thing is to enter. I’ve heard from a lot