Big and Bold again!

Discussion in 'Wine Competitions, Meetups & Events' started by JohnT, Jun 12, 2017.

  1. JohnT

    JohnT Moderator Super Moderator

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    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.
     
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  2. geek

    geek Still lost.....

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    Here we go again...:db
     
  3. Boatboy24

    Boatboy24 No longer a newbie, but still clueless.

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    WooHoo!!!!!!
     
  4. AZMDTed

    AZMDTed Just a guy Supporting Member

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    Good decision on accepting splits, makes a lot of sense for a lot of reasons.
     
  5. Johny99

    Johny99 Junior Member Supporting Member

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    Count me in:ib
     
  6. Rodnboro

    Rodnboro Senior Member

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    I'll enter a couple
     
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    jgmann67 Rennaisance Man

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    I may enter two or three of mine, depending on how they taste in November.

    Love the splits idea!

    Question: do you plan to decant or aerate the wine prior to tasting? Big reds tend to benefit from a little air before tasting.
     
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  8. ceeaton

    ceeaton Three is the charm, right?

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    I'm in, if I don't drink a few hundred bottles by then.

    edit: jg - didn't like that 666 in your "likes" column so I added one.
     
  9. jgmann67

    jgmann67 Rennaisance Man

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    I don't see likes in the ap.
     
  10. ceeaton

    ceeaton Three is the charm, right?

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    Maybe they can work on that...I'll watch your back. I'll add one when you reach 999.
     
  11. jgmann67

    jgmann67 Rennaisance Man

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    Or 969. Lol!
     
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    ceeaton Three is the charm, right?

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    There, I gave you a 669. At least there is one 69 in there.
     
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    Count me in.
     
  14. joeswine

    joeswine joeswine

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    Okay so we've kickoff the big red competition let's here from all of you.
     
  15. Ajmassa5983

    Ajmassa5983 Member Supporting Member

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    I also mainly use the app but feel guilty not able to "like" posts easily. Hoping the app is updated with that feature at some point.

    What's the youngest that a wine would typically be entered? Doesn't UC Davis scoring account for younger wines "youngness" and not deduct? But I suppose a wine would be better to enter at 1 yr 7 months than 7 months. But curious nonetheless.
     
  16. ceeaton

    ceeaton Three is the charm, right?

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    Much like a good woman you don't need to know a good wines age.
     
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  17. pjd

    pjd Wine Lover

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    Great! I'm in.
     
  18. Ajmassa5983

    Ajmassa5983 Member Supporting Member

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    Lol. Craig you are just one smooth operator!
    I read up on UC Davis guidelines and it says "young wines will not be discounted for a natural tannin". I've never done anything like this before but I didnt fully understand how that could work.
    If all goes as planned I'd love to send over my Chilean Cab/merlot grapes & juice yet to be blended. It was a very involved ferment and I'm quite proud of it so far. I'm hesitant to enter any of my kits since I didn't do many tweaks and just aged and oaked. But who knows.
    It'd be a great way to see where I stand as well as a badge of honor if scored well. And a perfect excuse to pick up a case of 375ml bottles to have around.
     
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  19. JohnT

    JohnT Moderator Super Moderator

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    Glad to see that there is interest. If any of you need the shipping address (the same as the great white/fruit competition), please PM me.
     
  20. geek

    geek Still lost.....

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