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Celebrating Our 126th Fair!   Find us on Facebook

Showcasing local talents and the heritage of Mille Lacs county in an educational, fun and entertaining atmosphere.

Celebrating Our 126th Fair!
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Open Class Homemade Wines & Homemade Beers Department

Superintendent: Brenda Polipnick - Open Class Manager 763-370-3997

Online Registration Here

1st Place $3.00; 2nd Place $2.25; 3rd Place $1.50

-WINE JUDGING Date TBA-

WINE SPECIFICATIONS

1. Wines may be made from any fruit, vegetable, grain or juice commonly used in making wine, and kit.

2. Each entry must be bottled in a clean container with at least 750 milliliter capacity with either a cork or screw cap stopper. Decanters will not be accepted.

3. Each bottle must be labeled. The label should contain a description of the wine and the name and address of the winemaker. Wines entered in the subcategory "other" must designate the principle ingredient on the label.

4. Dry wine is a wine that tastes dry to the palate and contains 1% or less sugar. A specific gravity reading of 0 (zero) or less is a rough guide of a dry wine.

RULES AND PROCEDURES FOR ENTERING

1. A contestant may enter one or more wines in all 13 lots.

2. Contestants must be 21 years or older as of the date of the fair.

3. All wines must be homemade by an amateur.

4. Supervisors reserve the right to combine a lot having less than three entries with another lot.

5. Judges may not judge a lot in which they have entered.

CLASS WINE - Adults 21 years of age and older

Class A

Judging Criteria

• Sugar, suitable to classification
• Bouquet, aroma
• Color, depth, tint, appropriate to classification
• Total acid to the taste
• Clarity, brilliance, luster
• Balance of sugar, alcohol, acid
• General flavor, taste, aftertaste
• Body and finish, appropriate to type
• Overall impression

Division:
Apple Wine
Berry Wine
Blended Wine
Cherry Wine
Dandelion Wine
Grape Wine - red, dry
Grape Wine - sweet, red
Grape Wine - rose
Grape Wine - White
Hard Cider
Rasberry Wine
Rhubarb Wine
Other Wine

CLASS BEER - Adults 21 years of age and older

Class B

Judging Criteria

• Use standard 12 oz beer bottle.
• Place a label on each with as much info possible regarding the ingredients, plus specify the class
• Sugar, suitable to classification
• Bouquet, aroma
• Color, depth, tint, appropriate to classification
• Total acid to the taste
• Clarity, brilliance, luster

Division:
light
amber
brown
black
strong beer
specialty Beer - please ID type or ingredient qualifying
beer label

CLASS Kit - Wine - Adults 21 years of age and older

Class C

Judging Criteria

• Sugar, suitable to classification
• Bouquet, aroma
• Color, depth, tint, appropriate to classification
• Total acid to the taste
• Clarity, brilliance, luster
• Balance of sugar, alcohol, acid
• General flavor, taste, aftertaste
• Body and finish, appropriate to type
• Overall impression

Division:
red
white
blush

Apple Cider - Adults 21 years of age and older

Class D

Judging Criteria

• Sugar, suitable to classification
• Bouquet, aroma
• Color, depth, tint, appropriate to classification
• Total acid to the taste
• Clarity, brilliance, luster
• Balance of sugar, alcohol, acid
• General flavor, taste, aftertaste
• Body and finish, appropriate to type
• Overall impression

Division:
carbonated
non-carbonated

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