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Contest lets Western Washington winemakers shine

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If you’ve been making wine in your garage and want to know how it measures up against other amateur winemakers, the Evergreen State Fair and Snohomish County’s Economic Development Division are sponsoring their first wine competition.
Professionals may enter in the commercial category.
To qualify, wines must be made only from grapes grown and processed in Western Washington. No Eastern Washington grapes may be used.
Categories for white wines include Madeleine Angevine, siegerrebe, Muller-Thurgau, white blends and other white varietals. Reds will include rose (varietal and blends), pinot noir, red blends and other red varietals. Judges also will consider sparkling wines. No other fruit wines are allowed.
Entry forms must be postmarked by July 15 and include the entry fee ($30 for commercial entries, $15 for amateur entries). Wine entries (three bottles each entry) must arrive by July 27.
Judging will be held Aug. 17 at Russell’s in Bothell, with the awards ceremony set for Sept. 5 at the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe. The fair runs Aug. 27 through Sept. 7.
Regulations do not allow alcohol on the fairgrounds, but visitors may see bottles representing winning winemakers and find out more about the products. A demonstration of food and wine pairing will be included.
Amateur winemakers considering a commercial operation can use the opportunity to gather input and recommendations from professionals.
For more information contact Linda Neunzig, agriculture project coordinator, at 425-388-7170 or
Herald staff
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