LOUISIVLLE, Ky. (July 27, 2012) — In an effort to recognize and celebrate Kentucky’s rich culture, the Kentucky State Fair hosts two winemaking competitive entry divisions and one home brewed beer competitive entry division.
The Commercial Wine division invites commercial wineries to compete in more than 70 classes. All wines must be made with at least 75 percent Kentucky grown grapes or other Kentucky grown fruit. In addition to the chance to win multiple medals, commercial wineries get to showcase their wines and share Kentucky’s wine country with fair-goers.
Homemade wine scoring will be based on the wine evaluation chart, which is on a scale of 20 points. All homemade wines will be judges on appearance, aroma and bouquet, taste, aftertaste and overall quality.
Judges are chosen from the Thomas Jefferson Chapter of American Wine Society. All Commercial wines must be brought to the Wine Department located in the South Wing on Thursday, Aug. 9. Homemade wines are accepted Thursday, Aug. 9 or Friday, Aug. 10. Entrants in the homemade wine category must submit two bottles of wine, one for judging and one for display. Entrants in the Commercial wine category must submit either two 750ml bottles or three 500ml bottles or three 375ml bottles. Judging for the Homemade Wine Division will take place Aug. 11 at 10 a.m. Judging for the Commercial Wine Division will take place on Aug. 11 at noon.
Along with 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place, awards given include the following: Best Kentucky Wine: The Jean-Jacques Du Four Award; Winemaker of the Year: The Bud and Mickey Mirus Award; and Best of Show: The George Wessel Award.
Home brewed beer is scored on taste, appearance, overall impression, mouthfeel and bouquet aroma. Entries should be brought to the department location in the South Wing on Saturday, Aug. 11. Judging will be conducted on Sunday, Aug. 12. at 9:30 a.m. Each entry must consist of three bottles, 12 ounces in volume, brown or green glass and must be completely free of paper labels, raised glass, or inked brand-naming lettering.
The Kentucky State Fair is Aug. 16-26. For more information, go to www.kystatefair.org.