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Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic the 2021 Emerging Winemakers Symposium will be held virtually.

This years Symposium will be held virtually. Please stay tuned, more details coming.  In light of the ongoing spread of COVID-19 throughout the nation and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Arizona leadership, this year’s Emerging Winemaker Symposium will be held virtually on Saturday April 24, 2021.

What is the Emerging Winemakers Competition and Symposium?

This year’s Symposium will be held virtually on Saturday April 24, 2021. The Emerging Winemakers Competition and Symposium is a celebration of wine and those emerging winemakers who make wine. If you are at least twenty-one years of age, make your own wine(s) but don’t sell them commercially, you are an emerging winemaker. At the sole discretion of independent judges, awards are provided in the various wine classes based on blind tasting of the wines entered in the Competition. Whether given an award or not, all entrants receive confidential feedback from industry-leading experts on the wine(s) they submit. An added benefit is that emerging winemakers can meet commercial winemakers and potentially find mutual opportunities in the wine industry. Finally, Symposium attendees get a valuable opportunity to learn more about winemaking.

Who is organizing this event?

Yavapai College Grand Crew, a Viticulture and Enology student/alumni organization.

Who is an “emerging winemaker”?
An “emerging” winemaker is any person who is at least twenty-one (21) years of age and whose wine is not available commercially.
Where will the event be held?

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic the Symposium will be held virtually.

When will the Symposium be held?

The Virtual Symposium will be held Saturday, April 24, 2021.

Why should I enter this Competition?

Competitor’s wines will be evaluated by independent Wine Industry professionals who will provide confidential feedback to each winemaker at the conclusion of a Virtual Awards Celebration.

What wines are eligible to compete?

Competitors may enter any single varietal or blend of red, rosé, white, fruit, sweet, sparkling and mead wines. Please – no aromatized, flavored or taste adulterants of any kind.

Is there a vintage limitation?
No, any vintage is eligible.
Will single varietal and blended wines be judged differently?

No, a single varietal wine in any catagory will be judged the same against a blended wine in it’s catagory.

Must the wine be made only with Arizona fruit?

No, the fruit can come from anywhere in the world.

How much does it cost to enter the Competition?

A competitor must submit an entry form, a competition label for each bottle of wine submitted, and a $15.00 entry fee per bottle.

What is the best way to send my wine(s)?

We encourage competitors to deliver their wine(s) in person to the Southwest Wine Center at Yavapai College, 601 W. Black Hills, Drive, Clarkdale, Arizona 86324, Thursday – Sunday; 12 to 5:30pm between March 1, 2021 and March 31, 2021 has now been EXTENDED to Sunday April 4, 2021. Consideration of an entry submitted after April 4, 2021 is at the sole discretion of the Grand Crew.

Are there any other ways to send my wine(s)?

Wine(s) may also be delivered by any other appropriate means, such as a courier, between January 1, 2021 and March 31, 2021. NOW EXTENDED TO SUNDAY, APRIL 4, 2021!

Drop-off locations can be found on “Wine Submission Locations” page of the website. You can also check our most current drop-off locations found on our website at www.http://emergingwinemakers.com/wine-submission-locations/

Additionally, if you contact the Formation Committee Chairman, we will do our best to help you find a way to pick up your wine.

Where do I submit my entry forms and wine(s)?

By appointment only at the Southwest Wine Center at the Verde Valley campus of Yavapai College located at 601 W. Black Hills, Drive, Clarkdale, Arizona 86324. You can also check our most current drop-off locations found on our website at www.http://emergingwinemakers.com/wine-submission-locations/


Do I submit my entry forms by mail, email or fax?

We suggest that you submit everything at the same time: (i) entry form, (ii) a label for each bottle submitted, (iii) entry fee per bottle and (iv) the wine(s) you wish to enter into the Competition.


May I send in multiple bottles in case of bottle variation?

Yes, you may. However, please note that a $15.00 entry fee must accompany each bottle accompanied by a Competition label.


When is the deadline for entering the Competition?

NOW EXTENDED TO SUNDAY, APRIL 4, 2021! 

 

Who will be judging the wines?

The Judges are independent Wine Industry Professionals.

 


Will awards be given?

At the sole discretion of the Judges, Double Gold, Gold, Silver, and Best of Show may be awarded. This year’s Awards Ceremony will be held virtually. Please stay tuned more details coming.

 


When will the awards be announced?

Saturday April 24, 2021.  This year’s Awards Ceremony will be held virtually. Please stay tuned more details coming.

 


Are there any other fees?

No. But you will need to reserve a free ticket for the Virtual Symposium on Saturday 24, 2021.


Must each attendee reserve a free ticket for the Symposium?

Yes.

 


I have more questions! Who should I contact for more information?

Please contact us at chairman@emergingwinemakers.com. We are looking forward to your attendance at the Virtual Symposium.

 


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