and guidelines

1.  Competition is open to any emerging winemaker who is at least twenty-one (21) years of age at the time of entry.

2.  An “emerging winemaker” is any person who makes her or his own wine that is not sold.

3.  Any person involved in the making of the wine entered in the Competition must be identified in the Entry Form at the time of submission of the Form.

4.  An entry is defined as one (1) 750 ml bottle of wine or equivalent at the time of entry. There are no limits on the number of entries.

5.  The entry fee is $20.00 dollars per bottle. Please make checks payable to Yavapai College. In the memo section of the check please write Grand Crew.

6.  Identify the competition class on the Entry Form: single varietal or blend of red, white, rosé, fruit, sweet, sparkling wine or mead. Wines (other than mead) may not be aromatized, flavored or include taste adulterants of any kind. Residual sugar (R.S.), if known, should be provided. Alternatively, identify the entry as dry, semi-dry or sweet. The Judges reserve the right to reclassify the entry.

7.  Entry labels: place Grand Crew Entry Label on each bottle with competitor(s)’ name(s) and information as required in rule 7.

8. Awards: The Judges are independent, Wine Industry Professionals. At the sole discretion of the Judges, Double Gold, Gold and Silver for each class and Best of Show may be awarded. Wines with noticeable flaws are unlikely to receive an Award.

9.  All Awards will be presented at a virtual Awards Ceremony on Saturday, April 15, 2023. Confidential comments of the Judges on each entry will be emailed to the competitor after the Awards Ceremony.

10.  Other information may be found in the FAQs.

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