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2021 WineMaker Competition Results

2021 WineMaker Competition Judging is Now Complete! July 23-25 a total of 1,893 wines were judged at Mt. Snow in West Dover, Vermont.

399 wine flights

947 total judging hours

47 American states

4 Canadian provinces

6 Countries

From July 23 to 25, 2021, a total of 1,893 different wines were judged at the Grand Summit Resort at Mt. Snow in West Dover, Vermont. Social distancing, and dozens of other precautions were put into place to make sure your wine was judging safely and with the expert thoroughness of prior years.

This year’s competition was again the largest wine competition of its kind in the world. The 1,893 entries arrived from hobby winemakers living throughout North America in 47 American states and 4 Canadian provinces and as far away as 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 399 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. 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 Gene Spaziani Grand Champion Wine award was the top overall scoring wine across all categories. 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.

Click here to download a pdf of the winners:

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 and showed great patience as we waited until we could safely hold this judging event a few months later than our normal timing. We are already busy planning for the 2022 edition of this competition so get your wines ready for the Monday, March 21, 2022 entry deadline! Cheers and thanks for entering your wines!

Best of Show winners are listed below and the full winner’s list can be found here:

2021 WineMaker Competition Results pdf

Special “Best of Show” awards will be presented thanks to our Award Sponsors:

Gene Spaziani Grand Champion Wine

Sponsor:

Tom Burton • Mt. Washington, Kentucky • 98% Vintner’s Best Hemp CBD Wine Base 1% Lime, 1% Coconut 2020

WineMaker of the Year

Sponsor:

Mike Dault • Edgewood, Kentucky

Best of Show Red

Sponsor:


Brian Court • Seattle, Washington • 90% Petit Verdot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Retailer of the Year

Sponsor:

Valley Vintner • Livermore, California

Best of Show White

Sponsor:

 

Glenn Sweatt • Jeffersonville, Indiana • 100% Traminette 2020

U-Vint of the Year

Sponsor:

 

Vinomiro • Kitchener, Ontario

Best of Show Dessert

Sponsor:

  
Clinton Kent • Lexington, Kentucky • 100% RJS Craft Winemaking
Cru Specialty Vanilla Fig Dessert Wine 2019

Club of the Year

Sponsor:

Contra Costa Wine Group • California

Best of Show Country Fruit

Sponsor:

   

Robert C. Walker • Lebanon, Oregon • 100% Estate Apple 2018

Best of Show Mead

Sponsor:

Lincoln Mettler • Edgewood, Washington • 100% Estate Wildflower Honey 2019

Best of Show Sparkling

Sponsor:

Matthew McIntosh • Lexington, Kentucky • 75% Apple Cider, 25% Habanero,
semi-sweet 2021

Best of Show Estate Grown


Ken Stafford • Plymouth, California • 100% Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Best of Show Kit/Concentrate

Sponsor:


Mike Dault • Edgewood Kentucky • 100% RJS Craft Winemaking
Orchard Breezin’ Peach Perfection 2021

Category medals (gold, silver, and bronze) have been awarded thanks to our category sponsors:

1. White Native American Varietal
2. White Native American Blend
3. Red Native American Varietal
4. Red Native American Blend
5. Blush/Rosé Native American
6. Red or White Native American Late Harvest and Ice Wine
7. White French-American Hybrid Varietal
8.White French-American Hybrid Blend
9. Red French-American Hybrid Varietal
10. Red French-American Hybrid Blend
11. Blush/Rosé French-American Hybrid
12. Red or White French-American Late Harvest and Ice Wine
13. Chardonnay
14. Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris
15. Gewürztraminer
16. Riesling
17. Sauvignon Blanc
18. Other White Vinifera Varietals
19. White Vinifera Bordeaux Style Blends
20. Other White Vinifera Blends
21. Cabernet Franc
Sponsor: Five Star Chemicals & Supply, Inc.
22. Cabernet Sauvignon
23.Merlot
Sponsor: Vinmetrica
24. Shiraz/Syrah
Sponsor: Bader Beer and Wine Supply
25.Pinot Noir
Sponsor: Purple Toes, Inc.
26. Sangiovese
27. Zinfandel
28. Other Red Vinifera Varietals
29. Red Vinifera Bordeaux Style Blends
30. Other Red Vinifera Blends
Sponsor: Label Peelers Beer & Winemaking Supply
31. Blush/Rosé Red Vinifera
32. Red or White Vinifera Late Harvest and Ice Wine
33. White Table Wine Blend (Any Grape Varieties)
34. Red Table Wine Blend (Any Grape Varieties)
Sponsor: Gino Pinto Inc.
35. Blush Table Wine Blend (Any Grape Varieties)
36. Grape & Non-Grape Table Wine Blend
37. Apple or Pear Varietals or Blends
38. Hard Cider or Perry
39. Stone Fruit (Peach, Cherry, Blends, etc.)
40. Berry Fruit (Strawberry, Raspberry, Blends, etc.)
41. Other Fruits
42.Traditional Mead
43. Fruit Mead
Sponsor: Moonlight Meadery
44. Herb and Spice Mead
Sponsor: Ancient Fire Mead and Cider
45. Flower or Vegetable
46. Port Style
47. Sherry Style
48. Other Fortified
49. Sparkling Grape, Dry/Semi-Dry or Sweet
50. Sparkling Non-Grape

E-mail competition@winemakermag.com with any questions about the competition.

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