Club Competitions

The club normally conducts two general competitions each year, along with several special competitions in particular types of wine.  The rules governing these competitions are here:  Rules for Purple Foot Wine Competitions

The Winter Wine Competition is the main annual competition, held at the regular membership meeting in February.  As of 2014, the Competition will use the following categories:

  • Non-vinifera White Grape
  • Non-vinifera Red Grape
  • Any White Grape
  • Any Red Grape
  • Berry Fruit
  • Non-berry Fruit
  • Specialty (all other - flower, vegetable, rosé, sparkling, fortified, etc.)
These revised categories were discussed extensively in the November 2013 newsletter.  In a nutshell:
  • The non-vinifera grape categories are intended mainly for locally-grown grape varieties.  Because these varieties tend to be more challenging to deal with, these must consist of 100% non-vinifera grapes.  

  • The "any" grape categories are intended for traditional vinifera grape varieties, as well as blends of vinifera and non-vinifera grapes.  Any white or red grapes are allowable, but the wine must be 100% from grapes.

  • The berry and non-berry fruit categories should contain no grapes, only non-grape fruits.  Wines which are blends of berry and non-berry fruits (e.g., Peach / Strawberry) should be entered in whichever category matches the predominant fruit.

  • Any wines which do not fit any of the first six categories (the "core" catetgories) should be entered in the Specialty category.  These would include blends of grape and non-grape fruits (e.g., Pomegranate / Zinfandel), as well as flower wines (dandelion), vegetable wine (parsnip), etc.  Any fortified wine must be entered in this category.
The other major competition is the Nouveau and Aged Wine Competition, held annually in the spring (normally April or May). The categories are the same as the Winter Wine Competition, with the added requirement that the wine must be less than one year old at the date of competition.  The intent of the competition is to encourage members to bottle their wines from the previous season.  There is also a category for aged wines (of any sort) which must be at least 5 years old.  (Age is measured from the start of fermentation to the competition date).

The Nouveau and Aged categories are as follows:

  • Non-vinifera White Grape Nouveau
  • Non-vinifera Red Grape Nouveau
  • Any White Grape Nouveau 
  • Any Red Grape Nouveau 
  • Berry Fruit Nouveau 
  • Non-berry Fruit Nouveau 
  • Specialty Nouveau
  • Aged Wine (5 years or older)

In addition to the two main competitions each year, the club holds several specialty competitions.  Currently these include the Apple Wine Competition, normally held at the November general meeting, and the Rhubarb Challenge, normally held at the February general meeting.  Separate entries must be submitted for these, and the level of feedback to entrants is more limited than for the regular competitions.  Winners receive custody of the applicable traveling trophies for the year following each competition.



Wine Entry Form for club competitions

Wine Judging Sheet for club competitions

Level of Expertise wine entry form
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Doug Hudson,
Apr 1, 2013, 11:26 AM
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