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Winning Winemaking Gold Medal Tips

Out of the 2,247 wines entered in the 2005 WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition, six still wines topped the charts in the best of show categories of red, white, dessert, fruit, kit and grand champion. The makers of these wines pass on their personal expertise in this roundtable discussion of their award-winning wines. Rountable Participants Grand Champion 100% Peach (Port Style) 2003 & WineMaker of the Year Raymond Meyer • Shepherdsville, Kentucky Best of Show Red 100% Merlot Ken Mapes • Temecula, California Best of Show White 100% Chardonnay 2003 Louis M. Piancone • Piscataway, New Jersey Best of Show Kit 100% Winexpert Selection Estate Series Oregon Yamhill County Pinot Noir 2004 Ed Seaman • Streamwood, Illinois Best of Show Dessert 100% Late Harvest Golden Muscat 2004 Rex Johnston & Barbara Bentley • Walnut Creek, California Best of Show Country Fruit 100% Raspberry 2003 David R. Miller • Louisville, Kentucky How many wines do you typically make a year, and how many did you enter in this competition? Rex Johnston & Barbara Bentley: We made 30 wines in 2004 and