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July 9, 2015 | By

Craft winemakers make it another great year!

Close to 3,000 bottles of wine made their way to Vermont earlier this year as entrants in the WineMaker Magazine International Amateur Wine Competition, sent by craft winemakers all hoping theirs would be chosen as among the best vintages of the bunch.  This annual event acknowledges all the hard work, dedication, and talent that amateur winemakers demonstrate.

This year was another spectacular year for craft winemakers as the competition was once again the largest amateur wine competition in the world, reporting entries from 49 states, 6 provinces, and as far away as China and Australia.

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The entries into the competition were judged using the famous UC Davis 20 point scale. The judges consider many attributes while judging the wines including: clarity, color, bouquet, total acidity, sweetness, body/texture, flavour/taste, acescensy, astringency, and overall quality.

The annual weekend conference and award ceremony, this year held in Portland Oregon, is what craft winemaker’s look forward to the most. The amateur winemaking community gathers from all over the world, participating in workshops and keynote addresses that inspire us to continue this rewarding craft. As the largest, and one of the toughest amateur wine competitions around the world, participants are extremely proud when the wines they crafted themselves are then awarded top honours at the award’s ceremony.

Photo courtesy of WineMaker Magazine

RJS Craft Winemaking would like to congratulate all the wine competition winners and give special congratulations to those who crafted their best wine with an RJS Craft Winemaking wine kit.  And, RJS would like to extend a thank you to WineMaker Magazine for hosting another successful craft winemaking event.

Take a look at all the 2015 RJS Craft Winemaking Winners!


Photos courtesy of WineMaker Magazine

WineMaker magazine has granted the re-use of its registered trademark and copyright-protected results of the WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition.

For more information on the competition, please visit

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