Competition Details

DATE

The competition will take place August 9, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Entry forms are due August 1 and entry wines must arrive by August 4.

ELIGIBLE ENTRIES

All alcoholic beverages made from fruits (except 100% grape wines) are eligible, including mead, cider and perry, fruit wines blended with grape wine, and any distilled spirits made from fruit or mead. Fruit-flavored wines where proprietary fruit flavor concentrates are added to a grape based wine, are not eligible. Entries in the fruit classes (see class list) must have been fermented from this fruit (ameliorated as needed). Multi-fruit blended wines should use the class #302.

ENTRY FEE

$55.00 per entry, payable in U.S. dollars, payable by check (with funds drawn on a U.S. bank) or Mastercard/Visa.

AWARDS

Entries will be judged blind on a 20-point scale by industry professionals. Awards will be given for Best of Class, Gold, Silver and Bronze. Best of Class awards are given to the top scoring Fruit Wine, Cider, Mead and Spirits entries.

Medallions of the award level with neck ribbons to hang on bottles will be mailed to the entrants when received from the manufacturer (medals can take six weeks to produce).

The list of award medalists will be posted online at www.drinkoutsidethegrape.com and entrants will be notified by e-mail of their medalist entries within a week of the competition.

SHIPPING

Entries should be shipped to arrive between July 15th and by Friday, Aug. 4th at the latest. All entries should be sent to:

Drink Outside the Grape
c/o Richard Leahy
105 Danbury Court
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Two bottles of each entry are required. Entries should be shipped in thick cardboard shipping containers with high r-value insulation to avoid heat damage. Shipping description should include “Samples: not for re-sale”, and a copy of the entry form should be included in each box. When shipping in multiple containers, label them “1 of _” through all container numbers.

HOW TO ENTER

  • Entry fees are $55.00 each.
  • For every 10 wines from a single paying entity, the fee for wine #11 or #21 will be complimentary.
  • Complete the ONLINE ENTRY FORM and pay by credit card
    OR
  • DOWNLOAD AND PRINT the Drink Outside the Grape entry form, complete and and mail to the above address with a check payable to “Drink Outside the Grape” for $55.00 x the number of entries.

RULES

Entry forms are due August 1 and wines must arrive by August 4. Entry fees must accompany the entry form(s). Entries are not official until full payment for each entry has been received. Entry fees are non-refundable. Be sure to read the list of classes carefully and code your entry with its correct class. The competition will not be responsible if entries are coded incorrectly by the entrant. Entrants may petition to receive scanned copies of judge notes. Signature of the entering official on the entry form certifies that the entry is accurate as described, and the entrant is responsible for the accuracy of entry descriptions. Entries or shipped bottles that arrive after deadline cannot be guaranteed entry in the competition. All bottles/containers entered become the property of the Beyond the Grape competition. All entries must be commercially available to the public at the time of entry. No refunds for cancellations can be made after the close of registration or shipping deadlines.

JUDGES

The judges for the Drink Outside the Grape competition are industry professionals (retailers, distributors, winemakers, and researchers).

CONTACT

Richard Leahy | info@drinkoutsidethegrape.com