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2nd Annual U.S. National Wine Competition Accepting Entries

The Vineyard & Winery Management Group has announced that entries are now being accepted for the 2nd Annual U.S. National Wine Competition. The competition focuses on excellence in wines produced in any U.S. state, welcoming all native, hybrid, and vinifera varietals grown.

“The essence of this competition is ‘National’ in every sense of the word,” said Bill Traverso, Director of Wine Competitions. “The entries represent the multitude of grape varieties, grown in any of the 50 states, that are unique to our nation’s historical footprint. It also represents the diversity of our wine growing regions and wine varieties, and ties in with the diversity of all our nation’s ethnic food and wine pairings.”

Founding father Thomas Jefferson had a vision for America’s potential in viticulture. “We could, in the United States, make as great a variety of wines as are made in Europe, not exactly of the same kinds, but doubtless as good,” said Jefferson. Today, his vision is realized through our nation’s growth and continued success in wine production and winemaking.

Each wine will be judged on its own merits by qualified, experienced judges from around the country, each an expert in their respective fields: wine industry leaders, wine journalists, wine retailers and restaurateurs.

An official entry consists of four (4) 750 ml bottles or six (6) 375 ml bottles plus a $65 per wine online entry fee. Paper entries are $75 per wine. The deadline for entry forms and wine shipments is February 28, 2013. Judging will take place April 9 and 10, 2013. For complete rules, necessary forms, and a list of judges, please visit