Wine Competition Rules

2014 Competition Rules

  1. Eligibility: All bonded wineries and custom crush growers in the Mid-America region (Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee and Wisconsin) that make their wines commercially are eligible to enter the Mid-American Wine Competition (MAWC). Also, all bonded wineries and custom crush growers that are members of a grape/winery organization within the MAWC region that make their wines commercially and/or face similar grape production climatic challenges and grow MAWC regional cultivars, are encouraged to contact the MAWC staff to verify that they are eligible to enter the MAWC.
  2. The Food/Wine Pairing Competition Entry: The entry fee is $25.00 per wine entered. Two bottles of each wine entered must be sent to the MAWC. An entry is comprised of two (2) 750 ml. bottles or two (2) 375 ml. bottles of a wine. Checks should be made payable to Des Moines Area Community College or pay by Credit Card.

    The wine entered must be available for purchase at the winery at the time of entry (or scheduled for release before the end of the year).

    You must give the percent residual sugar (RS) for each wine on the entry form. One percent residual sugar is equivalent to 10 grams of sugar per liter of wine. This information is vital to allow the Judges to taste wines within a class in the proper sequence.

    This portion of the competition is strictly limited to 12 wines per dish. The slots will be filled on a first come first served basis. If you want to enter this portion of the competition, please e-mail a reservation immediately to: winecompetition@dmacc.edu.

    A winery may enter as many wines as it wishes. A wine may be entered in more than one food category but a separate entry fee and separate bottles must be sent.
     
    If the wine is a blend, the grape varietals used in the blend must be specified on the label or the entry form.
  3. The Traditional Competition Entry: The entry fee is $45.00 per wine entered. Three bottles of each wine entered must be sent to the MAWC.  An entry is comprised of three (3) 750 ml. bottles or four (4) 375 ml. bottles of a wine. Checks should be made payable to Des Moines Area Community College or pay by Credit Card.

    The wine entered must be available for purchase at the winery at the time of entry (or scheduled for release before the end of the year).

    You must give the percent residual sugar (RS) for each wine on the entry form. One percent residual sugar is equivalent to 10 grams of sugar per liter of wine. This information is vital to allow the Judges to taste wines within a class in the proper sequence.
     
    A winery may enter as many wines as it wishes. A wine may be entered in more than one category but a separate entry fee and separate bottles must be sent. While you are asked to select the category the wine will compete in, the MAWC reserves the right to reassign categories to allow the entry to compete against similar wines.

    If the wine is a blend, the grape varietals used in the blend must be specified on the label or the entry form.
  4. Shipping: Wines must be received by June 30, 2014. The original entry form should be mailed with payment to the address listed below. In addition, a copy of the entry form should be included in the case of wine that is shipped. Entries should be sent to:

    Mid-American Wine Competition
    Des Moines Area Community College
    2006 South Ankeny Boulevard, Building 7
    Ankeny, IA 50023-3993
  5. The Judging: The Judges will be reminded that sheer power is not a reason to award a wine a medal. They will be instructed to look for flavor, terroir, and balance. The goal is to avoid having delicate wines, wines with elegance or finesse, overlooked in favor of massive wines that lack charm, varietal character, or balance. 

    All judging of the wine will be performed blind by a panel of experienced wine Judges. They will not be told the actual name of any producer until after the competition has been completed. Each wine will be evaluated by the members of the judging panel individually. The Judges then confer and make the awards. A consensus determines all of the medals. Additionally, the panel will nominate the best gold medal wines they taste for the sweepstakes awards. Sweepstakes may be awarded for the following: Best Sparkling Wine, Best Red Wine, Best Rose/Blush, Best White Wine, Best Dessert Wine and Best Fruit Wine. Additionally, the Dr. Dick Peterson Award will be given for the best Iowa wine of the competition. Wines eligible for this award have to be produced in the State of Iowa and qualify for an Iowa AVA. The decision of the Judges is final and will not be altered in any way by the Competition Director or anyone else.
  6. Label Competition: All wines entered are eligible to be included, at no additional charge, in the Label Competition. Awards will be posted on the website, however, NO PHYSICAL MEDALS WILL BE AWARDED. Please see Entry Form for participation information.