Last November, we had the pleasure of hosting a white/country wine competition. It was a humbling and eye opening experience. This year, there is talk of having another big and bold red competition. I would like to set a date of Saturday, December 2, 2017. One change I will make is that, for each entry, you now only need to send 1 "split" or a 375ml bottle. This will save on freight costs while still providing enough of a sample for judging. I have also decided to "raised the bar" by requiring a minimum score of 13 (and not 12) for medalists. Thiscompetitionis open to, and will award medals for, any dry red wine scoring enough points on the UC Davis scale. Awarded medals will be mailed back to the participants along with the original scoring sheets. Only medal winners will be announced publicly. The date for the competition is Saturday, 12/2/2017. You can send your entries as soon as you want and they will be properly cellared (to give the wine a chance to get over "bottle shock"). I would ask that you let me know and expected delivery dates. Here is the list of rules..... 1) Contest is open to dry red grape wines only. 2) Contest is open to all winemaking methods (wines made from kits, pail juice, or fresh fruit, Etc) and will be judged together (no separate categories based on how the wine was made). 3) UC Davis scoring method will be used. The following link is the scoring sheet that will be used. http://www.musingsonthevine.com/MusingsUCDavisForm.pdf 4) Medals will be awarded and mailed out to the entrants based on the following point scale. 18-20 Gold 16-17 Silver 13-15 Bronze Note: Awards will be made based on a wine's own merits. As a result, there can be multiple gold, silver, and bronze medals awarded in any given category. 5) The exact categories within the competition will depend on the number of entries received. If we receive, say, 3 entries of Cabernet, then we will have Cabernet as its own varietal category. A category of "Other" will be used otherwise. 6) Entries need to be only one 375 ml bottle. Entries of 750ml will also be excepted. 7) For each entry, please have each bottle clearly marked with the grape varietal used, proportions, or style of wine, vintage year, and winemaking talk.com name. 8) Judges will not compete. 9) We are now currently accepting entries. Entries will be properly cellared until the date of judging. If interested, please let me know by responding to this post and I will PM you the address information. Entries need to be delivered and received no later than 12/01/2017.