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Here’s everything you need to know for participation.
An Important Competition Eligibility Requirement: Wines, entry forms and fees must be registered and paid online prior to entries being mailed or delivered in person to the Oregon State Fairgrounds. Online entries must be submitted by July 8. Only online entries will be accepted. Paper or mailed applications will not be accepted. Incomplete or inaccurate information will result in disqualification.
Physical entries—bottles of wine–must be received at the Oregon State Fairgrounds no later than 4:00 pm on July 11, 2016. A fillable PDF form must be completed and accompany your physical entries. (NOTE: This is in addition to your online entry.) Office hours are 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
Here’s our fillable PDF ENTRY FORM — which details the 2016 wine categories. Included with your entry fee, you will receive tasting notes from our panel of judges after the competition and awards have been announced. (They will be mailed on a date to be determined.) Official judging will take place at Chemeketa Community College on July 13th. Winners will be notified the week of July 18th.
About our ribbons.
- Blue, red and white ribbons will be awarded within each classification.
- Blue ribbon award winners will receive (1) admission ticket to Pairings! A celebration of Oregon wine, cuisine and music.
- Blue ribbon award winners from each category will be announced and presented as Amateur Best of Show at the PAIRINGS! event on Friday, August 19, 2016 in the Garden at the Oregon State Fairgrounds. Please enter off of 17th Street.
Announcing the Chemeketa Amateur Winemaker Prize.
The three Best-in-Class winners in the categories of Red Wine, White Wine, and Berry Wine will receive the Chemeketa Amateur Winemaker Prize, provided by the Chemeketa Community College Wine Studies Program. Winners will receive free tuition for any 3-credit course in the Wine Studies Program.
The courses in this unique program cover all aspects of winemaking, viticulture, wine business, and sensory analysis. Launched in 1999 and based at West Salem’s Northwest Wine Studies Center, the program has more than 100 students from a variety of backgrounds and age groups.
The 55-acre campus has a student-run vineyard, a student-run commercial winery, a state-of-the-art wine laboratory, classrooms, and a large event center.
The Chemeketa Amateur Winemaker Prize does not cover laboratory and other supplemental fees or textbooks. The course must be taken during the 2016-2017 academic year. Please note that many of the courses require prerequisites.
Other important competition facts:
- 2 bottles per entry.
- Wines submitted to the competition will not be returned.
- Please label wine bottles (each entry) with:
- Winemaker’s Name
- Varietal(s) (if a blend, indicate % of each variety)
- Vintage or Year Produced
- Residual Sugar
- Time in Oak
- Region (if known)
- Alcohol (if known)
- For Fortified Wines (indicate the type and flavor of spirits used)
- Please designate style on online application as one of the following:
- D = Dry (0-1%, or ≤ 10 g/L sugar);
- SS = Semi-Sweet (1.1% to 4.0%, or 11-40 g/L sugar);
- SW = Sweet (>4%, or >40 g/L sugar);
- Note: for any wine >4% sugar, enter it as a Dessert White or Dessert Red
- Residual sugar and oak information is important, as it will directly influence the placement of your entry in the category.
The Oregon State Fair reserves the right to change terms & conditions at any time. While great care is exercised in the handling and storage of entries, the Oregon State Fair is not responsible for the safety of entries, including but not limited to shipment, fire, vandalism or other unforeseen events.
DELIVERY / SHIPPING ADDRESS:
Oregon State Fairgrounds
Attn: Kim Grewe-Powell
2330 17th Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
We encourage your participation in the Oregon State Fair Amateur Wine Competition, and look forward to seeing you at PAIRINGS! A CELEBRATION OF OREGON on August 19, 2016.
Contact Kim Grewe-Powell, Director of Marketing, at KGrewe-Powell@oregonstatefair.org or 971-701-6566
Special Thanks to Chemeketa Community College’s Northwest Wine Studies Center for their generous support of this exciting event!