West KY Winegrowers Association: 8th Annual Judging Event

December 23, 2013

Greetings to all Winemaking Enthusiasts,

It’s time to get ready for the annual West Kentucky Winemakers Association wine contest. As always, this contest is open to not only members but to anyone else wishing to participate. It has always been the intention of the association to seek out novice winemakers and offer them the opportunity to show off their product. This is an open event to the public and all are invited to take part.

Some people have had the pre-conceived notion that they would have to compete against wineries and very experienced winemakers but this is far from the truth.  This contest works off a scoring system, only grading the wine. Every wine is judged against a standard and graded accordingly. There have been numerous times in the associations’ history when all the wines of a particular category have won a medal.

Association president, Bob Hoppmann, believes that there are a lot of people out there that are “kitchen sink” winemakers and have proven that they can indeed, make some very delicious wine. “It isn’t like we are trying to open a winery in every back yard, we’re just letting people show off their talent and earn some bragging rights”, say Hoppmann.

Tom Curtsinger, event coordinator, is expecting a record number of entries this year. Curtsinger said, “This year should be a huge year for the association since we are inviting the entire state as well as other states, to participate”. Entries from California, Washington, Kansas, New York, as well as bordering states are expected for this years’ event. This will also be the first year the contest will be divided into a commercial and amateur category.

In the previous seven years, there have only been local winemakers and it was a good event but this year Curtsinger has been busy on the internet seeking out other amateurs from similar associations across the country. “Networking with other groups has had a great impact on the range of locations we are expecting wines from”, Curtsinger said.

The annual wine competition will be again be hosted by The Pasta House Company, 451 Jordon Dr., Paducah, Ky. 42001 on January 27, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.

Early entries can be dropped off  any day prior to the competition with

  • Allen Dossey at Purple Toad Winery, (4275 Old US Hwy 45 S., Paducah, Ky. 42003)
  •  Steve Glisson at Glisson Winery,(175 Whippoorwill Ln., Paducah Ky. 42001) on any day prior to the contest

Entries shipped  must be to:
The Pasta House Co.
c/o Wine Event,
451 Jordon Dr., Paducah, Ky. 42001

All entries should be at The Pasta House Co. before 5:00 p.m. on Jan. 27. There are a lot of preparations to do between receiving entries and the contest;  timeliness is important. Call ahead if you are running late, please.

Each wine will be placed in a category which best fits its’ style. Categories include: Red Grape, White Grape, Blackberry, Fruit/ Other and Dessert/ Port. Within each category, the wine will be further segregated into dry, semi-dry and sweet as well as American grape, hybrid and vinifera.

Entry forms are available at Purple Toad Winery, Glisson Winery and The Pasta House Company as well as from event coordinator Tom Curtsinger (t-curtsinger@hotmail.com)


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