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2014 WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition Entry Information

Entry Form (right click and "Save Target As" to your computer desktop or click to open)

Enter the 2014 WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition
for your chance to win wine kits and valuable gift certificates!

 Entry Form (PDF)                     (Get the Free Adobe Reader here)                       Condensed Prize List

Enter your wine in North America's largest competition for fresh fruit and wine kit hobby wine makers. The best homemade wines from across North America and around the world will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in 50 categories awarded by a panel of experienced wine judges.

You can gain international recognition for your winemaking skills and get valuable feedback on your wines from the competition's judging panel. Deadline to enter is March 7, 2014. Judging will take place April 11-13, 2014 and winners will be announced at the WineMaker Magazine Conference in Leesburg, Virginia, June 7, 2014. Results will be posted on winemakermag.com and mailed out soon after.

~ NOTICE ~

You are REQUIRED to use the SPECIAL Quality Wine and Ale Supply ENTRY FORM to be eligible for additional prizes that may include wine kits, valuable merchandise and gift certificates from Quality Wine and Ale Supply!

Send your wines in to be received by March 7, 2014 or customers may bring them into our retail store at 108 S. Elkhart Ave., Elkhart, IN 46516 by March 1st 2014 along with your entry form (we have more in the store) and fee(s) and we will SHIP THEM FOR FREE!

Please read all of the following Quality Wine and Ale Supply rules and regulations as listed below to be eligible for our additional prizes. Some actions are required by you to be eligible for our additional prizes.

Winexpert is awarding the following prizes:

  • Any medal - Gold, Silver or Bronze = One FREE Winexpert wine kit (equal kit series)

NOTE: There is a limit of two free Winexpert wine kits certificates per competition from Winexpert.
These may be redeemed at Quality Wine and Ale Supply and on line at www.HomeBrewIt.com.


Quality Wine and Ale Supply / HomeBrewIt.com is awarding the following prizes!

(Maximum total prize per entry is $250.00.)
(Best of Class, Wine Maker of the Year and Wine Club of the Year are additional prizes.)

(YOU ARE REQUIRED TO USE the special entry form found HERE to be eligible for prizes from Quality Wine and Ale Supply)

  • Gold Medal = $50.00 Gift Certificate
  • Silver Medal = $25.00 Gift Certificate
  • Bronze Medal = $10.00 Gift Certificate
  • Grand Champion = $100.00 Gift Certificate
  • Best of Show Red = $50.00 Gift Certificate
  • Best of Show White = $50.00 Gift Certificate
  • Best of Show Country Fruit = $50.00 Gift Certificate
  • Best of Show Kit/Concentrate = $50.00 Gift Certificate
  • Best of Show Dessert = $50.00 Gift Certificate
  • Best of Show Sparkling = $50.00 Gift Certificate
  • Best of Show Mead = $50.00 Gift Certificate
  • WineMaker of the Year = $100.00 Gift Certificate
  • Club of the Year = 10% off everything your club members purchase from Quality Wine and Ale Supply through October 31, 2014.
  • As a special bonus for people who choose to use the REQUIRED special entry form, they can win valuable gift certificate(s) from Quality Wine and Ale Supply to use at our on line or retail store on anything we carry (limit $250.00 total gift certificates per entrant, per competition, NOT including Best of classes, Grand Champion, Winemaker of the Year and Club of the Year, these will be awarded as additional prizes over and above the $250.00 per competition limit).
  • Follow the simple rules below to be eligible for OUR additional prize gift certificates. Our rules may be changed anytime prior to March 7, 2014 at the sole discretion of Quality Wine and Ale Supply LLC. Our offer may be withdrawn at anytime. (Attempts to exploit any of the rules and regulations will result in complete disqualification for awards and prizes offered by Quality Wine and Ale Supply. Decisions by Quality Wine and Ale Supply regarding their awards are final.)
  • You are NOT required to use our special entry form to enter the competition and win awards and prizes offered by WineMaker Magazine, Winexpert or others. However you are required use our SPECIAL entry form to be eligible for the prizes offered exclusively by Quality Wine and Ale Supply.
  • Prizes may be changed or cancelled at any time.
  • YOU MUST Fax, US Mail or Email us a COPY of our special form by March 7, 2014.
  • By entering our exclusive gift certificate and 10% off contest, and by using our special entry form and sending us a copy either by fax; (574) 295-9932, email; info@homebrewit.com or U.S. Mail to Quality Wine and Ale Supply, 530 E Lexington Ave, Ste 115, Elkhart, IN 46516 or in person, you are agreeing to provide us use of your full name, city and state to publicly announce the prize level won in the 2014 WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition and the gift certificate contest level won, to use and send to our list members, post on our website and in any and all of our advertising material. No other personal information other than full name and city and state will be released without prior approval from you, the contest entrant, unless required by local, state or federal laws.
  • Send in your wine to be received by March 7, 2014. (If you're a local customer, bring us your wine, entry form and entry fee(s) by March 1st 2014 and we will send your wine(s) in and pay the shipping cost!)
  • Sit back and win!  (All decisions by Quality Wine and Ale Supply pertaining to their additional prizes are final.)

When the winners list comes out and you're on it, you will win the prizes direct from WineMaker Magazine (Medal), Winexpert (store credit coupons) and others (if won with their wine kits and per their rules) PLUS the gift certificate(s) from us to use at our on line store or our retail store as follows:

  • Gold Medal = $50.00 Gift Certificate
  • Silver Medal = $25.00 Gift Certificate
  • Bronze Medal = $10.00 Gift Certificate

In addition to the above, Gift Certificates will be awarded by Quality Wine and Ale Supply as follows:

  • Grand Champion = $100.00 Gift Certificate
  • Best of Show Red = $50.00 Gift Certificate
  • Best of Show White = $50.00 Gift Certificate
  • Best of Show Country Fruit = $50.00 Gift Certificate
  • Best of Show Kit/Concentrate = $50.00 Gift Certificate
  • Best of Show Dessert = $50.00 Gift Certificate
  • Best of Show Sparkling = $50.00 Gift Certificate
  • Best of Show Mead = $50.00 Gift Certificate
  • WineMaker of the Year = $100.00 Gift Certificate
  • Club of the Year = 10% off everything your club members purchase from Quality Wine and Ale Supply through October 31, 2014. (cannot be combined with other percent off sales) You must provide your clubs name, a list of current, active, club members with names, addresses and phone numbers before March 7, 2014 for your club and members to be eligible for this award. This offer may be withdrawn at any time for any abuse of the award. Winning members MUST have entered their wine(s) with our SPECIAL entry form and sent us a copy as specified above.

Deadline to get in your wine entry(s) is March 7, so hurry! Complete details can be found HERE or you can read them below! We want everyone to be a winner. All of our customers have been making great wines, so now it's time to get some well deserved recognition. (Please read the official rules and regulations for all the details and please note that by entering the 2014 WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition using our special form and entering our Gift Certificate contest you are providing us the same use rights as specified in the 2014 WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition Rules and Regulations found here.

Good luck, cheers and salute from Quality Wine and Ale Supply!

Official Rules & Regulations from WineMaker Magazine


PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

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  1. Entry deadline for wines to arrive is March 7, 2014. Wines are to be delivered to:
    Battenkill Communications 5515 Main Street Manchester Center, VT 05255 Ph: (802) 362-3981
  2. Send ONE (1) BOTTLE per entry. Still wines must be submitted in standard 750 ml wine bottles. Ice wines or late harvest wines can be submitted in 375 ml bottles. Still meads can be submitted in 12 oz. or 22 oz. beer bottles. Sparkling wines must be in champagne bottles with proper closure and wire. All bottles must be free of wax, decorative labels and capsules. However, an identification label will be required on the bottle as detailed in rule #5.
  3. Entry fee is $25 U.S. dollars (or $25 Canadian dollars) for each wine entered. Each individual person is allowed up to a total of 15 entries. You may enter in as many categories as you wish. Make checks payable to "WineMaker". Only U.S. or Canadian funds will be accepted. On your check write the number of entries (no more than 15 total) and the name of the entrant if different from the name on the check. Entry fees are non-refundable.
  4. All shipments should be packaged to withstand considerable handling and must be shipped freight pre-paid. Line the inside of the box with a plastic trash bag and use plenty of packaging material, such as bubble wrap, around the bottles. Bottles shipped in preformed Styrofoam cartons have proven reliable in the past. Every reasonable effort will be made to contact entrants whose bottles have broken to make arrangements for sending replacement bottles. Private shipping companies such as UPS, FedEx and US Postal Service with company policies against individuals shipping alcohol may refuse your shipment IF they are informed your package contains alcoholic beverages. Please advise them IF THEY ASK that it is fruit juice for evaluationor "vinegar". Entries mailed internationally are often required by customs to provide proper documentation. It is the entrants responsibility to follow all applicable laws and regulations. Packages with postage due or C.O.D. charges will be rejected.
  5. Each bottle must be labeled with the following information: Your name, category number, wine ingredients, vintage. Example: K. Jones, 9, 75% Baco Noir, 25% Foch, 2006. If you are using a wine kit for ingredients please list the brand and product name as the wine ingredients. Example: K. Jones, 22, Winexpert Selection International French Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010. A copy of the entry form, listing each of your wines entered, must accompany entry and payment.
  6. It is entirely up to you to decide which of the 50 categories you should enter. You should enter each wine in the category in which you feel it will perform best. Wines must contain a minimum of 75% of designated type if entered as a varietal. Varietals of less than 75% must be entered as blends. To make sure all entries are judged fairly, the WineMaker staff may re-classify an entry that is obviously in the wrong category or has over 75% percentage of a specific varietal but is entered as a blend.
  7. Wine kits and concentrate-based wines will compete side-by-side with fresh fruit and juice-based wines in all listed categories.
  8. The origin of many Native American grapes is unknown due to spontaneous cross-breeding. For the purposes of this competition, however, the Native American varietal category will include, but is not limited to, the following grape families: Aestivalis, Labrusca, Riparia and Rotundifolia (muscadine).
  9. For sparkling wine categories, dry/semi dry is defined as <3% residual sugar and sweet as >3% residual sugar.
  10. Contest is open to any amateur home wine maker. Your wine must not have been made by a professional commercial winemaker or at any commercial winery. No employee of WineMaker magazine may enter. Persons under freelance contract with Battenkill Communications are eligible. No person employed by a manufacturer of wine kits may enter. Wine making supply retail store owners and their employees are eligible. Judges may not judge a category they have entered. Applicable entry fees and limitations shall apply.
  11. All wines will be judged according to their relative merits within the category. Gold, silver and bronze medals within each category will be awarded on point totals and will not be restricted to the top three wines only (for example, a number of wines may earn enough points to win gold). The Best of Show awards will be those wines clearly superior within those stated categories. The Grand Champion award is given to the top overall wine in the entire competition.
  12. The WineMaker of the Year award will be given to the individual whose top 5 scoring wine entries have the highest average judging score among all entries.
  13. The Club of the Year, Retailer of the Year and U-Vint of the Year awards will be based on the following point scale:
    Gold Medal (or any Best of Show medal): 3 points
    Silver Medal: 2 points
    Bronze Medal: 1 point
    The amateur club that accumulates the most overall points from it's members' wine entries will win Club of the Year. The home winemaking retail store that accumulates the most overall points from its customers' wine entries will win Retailer of the Year. The U-Vint or On-Premise winemaking facility that accumulates the most overall points from its customers wine entries will win U-Vint of the Year.
  14. The Best of Show Estate Grown award will be given to the top overall scoring wine made with at least 75% fruit grown by the entrant. Both grapes and country fruits are eligible.
  15. All entrants will receive a copy of the judging notes for their wines, along with a copy of the results.
  16. All wine will become the property of WineMaker magazine and will not be released after the competition.
  17. All decisions by competition organizers and judges are final.

(Categories and entry form are listed below. It is entirely up to you to decide which of the 50 categories you should enter. You should enter each wine in the category in which you feel it will perform best. Wines must contain a minimum of 75% of designated type if entered as a varietal. Varietals of less than 75% must be entered as blends. Judges will not classify or re-classify your entry.)

 Category Medals (Gold, Silver and Bronze) will be awarded in following 50 categories:

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 & 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
22. Cabernet Sauvignon
23. Merlot
24. Shiraz/Syrah
25. Pinot Noir

26. Sangiovese
27. Zinfandel
28. Other Red Vinifera Varietals
29. Red Vinifera Bordeaux Style Blends
30. Other Red Vinifera Blends
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
35. Blush Table Wine Blend - Any Grape Varieties
36. Grape & Non-Grape Table Wine Blend
37. Apple or Pear Varietals or Blends
38. Stone Fruit - Peach, Cherry, Blends, etc.
39. Berry Fruit - Strawberry, Raspberry, Blends, etc.
40. Other Fruits
41. Traditional Mead
42. Fruit Mead
43. Herb and Spice Mead
44. Flower or Vegetable
45. Port Style
46. Sherry Style
47. Other Fortified
48. Sparkling Grape, Dry/Semi-Dry  or Sweet
49. Sparkling Non-Grape
50. Wine-Based Cocktail

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Don’t forget!

 Fax, US Mail or Email us a copy of our special entry form by March 7, 2014.

To be eligible for our exclusive certificates and 10% off club contest send us a copy of your entry on our special entry form listing Quality Wine and Ale Supply as your Winemaking Retailer!

 Fax a copy to: (574) 295-9932

 or

 Email to: info@homebrewit.com

 or

 U.S. Mail to:

 Quality Wine and Ale Supply
 530 E Lexington Ave, Ste 115
 Elkhart, IN 46516

 or

 Bring it to us in person