ArticleBest of ShowWritten by Paul DunseathWhy bother with wine competitions? It’s a fair question. Entering a competition means putting your wine up for evaluation against those of other winemakers, and that can be a bit daunting. Some people are unwilling to risk the rejection that might come if their wines are not considered to be winning quality. Sadly, the result is that a lot of very well-made wine never enters competitions or receives the recognition that it’s due. On the other hand, others will readily enter on the assumption that no other wine could possibly be any better, because “it’s made exactly the way Grandpa used to make his!” As a result, many not-so-good wines also end up in competitions. If you are at all curious about where on this spectrum your winemaking skills lie, I urge you to take courage and enter your wine in a competition. A well-run competition will ensure that, even if your worst fears are realized, you won’t be humiliated, but instead will receive valuable feedback on how to improve your technique. On the other hand, if you win aAlready a member? Log InYou'll Also Like Article FREE 2018 WineMaker Magazine International Amateur Wine Competition Recap An overview of this year’s competition, which included 2,299 entries from winemakers in six countries, 48 American states, and 5 Canadian provinces. Article FREE 2021 WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition An overview of this year’s wine competition, which received nearly 2,000 entries from across the U.S., Canada, and as far away as Australia.