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17th Annual PCWGA Home Winemaker Competition

November 16 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Wine Eligibility

The 17th Annual Home Winemaker’s Competition is open to members of the Placer County Wine & Grape Association, as well as other home winemakers in the surrounding area. Entries are limited to wines produced by amateur winemakers. An amateur is considered 1) a person who does not work in a professional wine producing capacity, or 2) a person who is not an owner of a commercial winery. Competition rules and instructions are also available on the PCWGA website at www.pcwga.org. If you have any questions, please call/text Satt Bains at 530-300-2861 or email placerwine@gmail.com.

Entry Dates and Info

•There is no limit on the number of wines you can enter.
• An entry is defined as one (1) 750 milliliter bottle. For sparkling wines, an additional bottle (at least 375 ml) is recommended to maintain the sparkle for later judging rounds.
• Please remove foil or plastic capsules from bottles before submitting them for entry. Do not use wax sealants.
• Complete the PCWGA registration form with your information and list each wine entered, along with the Wine Classification by division and classes. These forms are available on the PCWGA website.
• Each bottle must have the entry registration label attached to the bottle. TAPE the label to your bottle. Make copies as needed.
• If entering several wines from the same vintage and varietal, designate a different lot number for each wine (i.e., 2019 Zinfandel Lot A, 2019 Zinfandel Lot B, etc)

Entry Fee:
• Entry fee is $15.00 per bottle for PCWGA members. Entry fee for non-members is $20.00 per bottle.
• Two bottle entries also include a complimentary membership to the PCWGA for calendar year 2023
• Registration forms, fees, and wine must be received together. Please use appropriate packaging
• Make one check for all entries payable to PCWGA in a sealed envelope

Drop off location:
216 Bel Flora Court, Roseville, CA. Please call/text Satt at 530-300-2861 in advance of drop-off

Awards and Results

Results and awards will be announced at the PCWGA Home Winemaker’s Awards Ceremony and Holiday Gala Dinner at Randy Peters Events Center on November 17th and published on our website. Ribbons will be awarded at the event to Double Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze award winners. Best of Shows for Divisions 1 and 2 will be awarded at a later date due to engraving. Awards not picked up the day of the event may be picked up at a later PCWGA meeting (see website for calendar). Awards will not be mailed.

Competition/Judging Info

• UC Davis’s 20-Point judging scale is used
• Competition is single blind
• Excellent opportunity for all Home Winemakers to get professional objective comments
• Each table of judges will consist of Local Commercial Vintners, Industry Professionals and Wine Connoisseurs
• Judge’s score-sheets will be provided to you during awards ceremony
• Any Double-Gold awards will be re-tasted by a panel of judges to determine the Best of Show


November 16
8:00 am - 5:00 pm