Deadline to register is August 6, 4:30 CDT
MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (5/25/2012) -Wines made from grapes grown in cold climates will be in the limelight when judges gather for the 4rd annual International Cold Climate Wine Competition this August.
The competition will take place Aug. 16 on the campus of the University of Minnesota, where several of the cold-hardy wine grapes were developed.
This year’s competition includes additional categories for ice wines, cold-hardy fruit/grape blends, and wines made from the variety Brianna. Judges will do a blind tasting of the wines and award gold, silver and bronze medals, and best of show awards to the top red, white, and specialty wines. The “Governor’s Cup” is given to the favorite Minnesota wine of the internationally recognized wine experts on the judging panel.
Minnesota’s grape and wine industry is expanding rapidly and last year contributed an estimated $40 million to the state’s economy. Since 1995, the number of wineries has grown from seven to 43; total sales are expected to exceed $11.3 million by 2014.
“The competition is more evidence of the increasing quality of cold-climate grapes,” said Jim Luby, a professor in the U of M’s department of horticultural science and one of the scientists developing the grapes. “A number of grape varieties with improved potential for high quality wines have become available in the last 15 years. This competition is an opportunity for winemakers to showcase their skill and imagination in transforming these varieties to superior wines in a rapidly growing new industry.”