41st Annual US Amateur Wine Competition

41st Winemaking Competition for email Cellarmasters Los Angeles holds an annual wine competition for home winemakers all over the world. 

You can read the official rules below.

Click HERE for a downloadable PDF Entry Form.



Entries must be received between October 1 and November 8, 2014. International entries may be received earlier.

1.       All entries must be in standard 750ml wine bottles. Dessert wine entries may be submitted in 375ml bottles. No other exceptions.

2.       All bottles must be labeled with the following:

-          Name of winemaker

-          Class & Subclass, and Wine Variety

3.       Classify your wines correctly. Dry wines are typically 1% or less sugar.

Fortified wines greater than 16% alcohol belong in the dessert category.

Dessert wines can be sweet, but sweet wines are not necessarily dessertwines.

4.       Winners will be invited to present their wines to the Cellarmasters general membership at the “post-fest” Cellarmasters club meeting on January 8th, 2015.

5.       Judge’s score sheets and comments will be returned to you after January 10, 2014

6.       Please read the competition rules carefully. If you need more information than provided herein, e-mail the Contest Chairperson at Winecomp@CellarmastersLA.org, or call the club at 818-923-1361.




1) This competition is open to persons 21 years of age or older from any nation.

2) Entries are limited to wines produced by amateur winemakers only. An amateur shall be considered as:

• An adult not employed by a commercial winery in a winemaking capacity.

• An adult who is not an owner of a commercial winery. This does not excludepeople who own stock in a commercial winery, provided they are not involvedin the winemaking process.

3) No wines may be produced with the help or facilities of a commercial winery (crushed grapes and unfermented juice from a commercial winery are OK).

4) All wines, entry forms, and fees must be received by the due date. All wines entered must be on the entry form, and all fees must accompany the entry forms. Wines become the property of Cellarmasters and none will be returned. Late entries will not be judged or returned.

5) Wines must be in standard 750 ml wine bottles. They must be clearly labeled with the winemaker’s name, wine class, subclass, and wine variety (grape varietal or wine description) exactly as it appears on the entry form. You may also include appellation and vintage. It is the entrant’s responsibility to select the proper category. The judging chairperson reserves the right to reclassify the wine.

6) The neck of the bottle must be free of labels, shrink-seals, wax, or any other identifying mark. The bottle may have an additional standard wine label as long as it is not significantly larger than a standard commercial wine bottle label and nothing appears on or near the neck.

7) Judging will be conducted on November 23, 2013 and the award winners will be posted on the Cellarmasters web site (http://www.cellarmastersLA.org) promptly. Awards and/or judging score sheets will be mailed in approximately eight weeks.

8) Award metals will be presented for gold, silver, and bronze wines based on the modified Davis 20 point system. Only one award will be given per entry, regardless of how many winemakers worked on the wine.

9)Competition fee is calculated as follows: $12 for the first bottle of any number entered and $10 for all subsequent entries An “entry” is a single 750 ml. bottle of wine. Make money order or check payable in U.S. Dollars to “Cellarmasters.”

10)Cellarmasters reserves the right to change terms & conditions at any time. While great care is exercised in the handling and storage of entries, Cellarmasters is not responsible for the safety of entries, including but not limited to shipment, fire, vandalism, and acts of God.


Enter wines by: Class – Subclass – Wine Variety

 Example: “1 – d – Cabernet Sauvignon” OR “2 – b – Chardonnay”

 Note: Varietal Wine (wine made from a specific grape or fruit) should be 75% ormore of the listed varietal.

Note: “Estate” wine must be 95% or more fruit grown on the same property.



a – Blends

b – Barbera

c – Cabernet Franc

d – Cabernet Sauvignon

e – Carignane

f – Grenache

g – Malbec

h – Merlot

i – Mourvedre

j – Nebbiolo

k – Petite Sirah

l -Pinot Noir

m – Sangiovese/Brunello 

n – Syrah

o -Zinfandel

p – Other Varietal

q – Kits and concentrates




a – Blends

b – Chardonnay

c – Chenin Blanc 

d – Gewurtztraminer

e – Viognier

f – Muscat

g – Pinot Grigio

h – Reisling

i – Sauvignon Blanc

j – Other Varietal

k – Kits and concentrates




a – Varietal (please list)

b – Kits and concentrates

c – Other


Class 4: DRY OTHER


a – Stone Fruit

b – Berry Fruit

c – Other

 Class 5: SWEET


a – Vinifera Grape

b – Non-vinifera Grape

c – Stone Fruit

d – Berry Fruit

e – Fruit & Wine blends

f – Other



a – All Sparkling Wines



a – Grape Wines

b – Other




a – Red Native American Grapes (e.g. Concord, Norton), please list

b – Red French-American Hybrid Grapes (e.g. Chancellor, Chambourcin, Baco Noir), please list

c – White Native American Grapes (e.g. Scuppernong, Niagara), please list

d – White French-American Hybrid Grapes (e.g. Aurora, Baco, Seyval Blanc), please list

e – Rosé / blush Native American Grapes

f – Rosé / blush French-American Hybrid Grapes

 Class 9: HONEY


a – Mead

b – Melomels, Pyment & Cyser

c – Other Honey-Based Wines

 Class 10: UNIQUE


a – All not identified in any previous class or subclass

30 Responses to '41st Annual US Amateur Wine Competition'

  1. Debra Lange says:

    I am interested in submitting some wine into your competition this Fall; what address do I send my wine too?
    Deb Lange

  2. Hi, I’d like to enter and will need to mail my entries. Where can I find forms, labels, and the mailing address? Thank you.

  3. WHERE do we sent entries? I can’t find an address anywhere. HELP!! (I was going to mail this today but no address!?).

  4. Brian Nemecek says:

    I have read through the classes and I am not sure if my dry carrot wine should be labeled as:
    “4-c-Carrot” , or “10-a- Carrot” … or something else?? help please ! :D Can you also email me the mailing address. thank you

    • VicePrez says:

      The most used category for vegetable-based wines has been Class 10. 10-a would be the most appropriate. Good luck.

    • VicePrez says:

      The address information is on the form once you’ve clicked through the page based on your payment option.

      But here it is: The Home Wine, Beer, and Cheesemaking Shop
      22836 Ventura Blvd #2
      Woodland Hills, CA 91364

      10-a is the category for vegetable-based wines. I’m looking forward to trying it. Good luck.

  5. i will be sending a pinot noir blend 75% pinot 25%other red grapes.. What catagory to I put this in

  6. also needed ia an entry form. i can not seem to find it on this site. Thanks

    • Matt Lester says:

      Hi John, as long as it is 75% it is still considered a Pinot! You can submit it as a Pinot or a Blend. Either is exceptable! If you follow the “If paying by mail” link, You will find the entry form. Sorry, this is a new website and we are working on improving it. This section is a little complicated, but all the info is there. Thanks!

  7. john lavorgna says:

    thank you….one last question.. i live in ct how do i ship my bottle to ca? what carrier do i use? how do i label the box? do i let fedex or whatever carrier know what i am sending? thanks

  8. Could someone in charge of the competition please describe the difference between these two class/subclasses?

    4C and 10A

    Thank you

    • Mike Holland says:

      The best way I can explain the difference is that, some years ago, I judged a bell pepper wine that was listed under 10A. Could it have been a 4C? Maybe, but the fruit/vegetable used allowed the winemaker to submit it as a “unique and otherwise not described above” 10A. For the record, the bell pepper got a Gold Medal.

      What is the entry?

      Mike Holland

  9. It is a yellow rose petal wine.

    • Oh yes, I also wanted to enter a dry Strawberry/Cranberry blend, but again, I’m not altogether certain if the Class 4c is for single variety wines or would also include blends. Most of my country wines are blends and not single variety which does make them rather unique.

      Some competitions have categories for non-grape blends, but I’m not sure about how your competition looks at these.

      Thanks for any help you can send

      • Mike Holland says:

        If it’s dry, then 4C is the right call.

        Thanks for bringing this up. We may need to expand the categories again next year.

        Mike Holland

    • Mike Holland says:

      The rose petal wine would definitely be a 10A. Looking forward to it.

  10. Rob fowler says:

    What about dry red and whites with 50% hybrid such as Frontenac with 50% vinifeira?

    • Mike Holland says:

      Enter them as 10A – Unique. They will be put into panels with hybrids or possibly their own depending on how many similar entries there are.

  11. Andrew says:

    Can you please give me any information about shipping my wine? I Live in Northern Ca and wont be able to make it down to hand deliver it! any help would be greatly appreciated thank you!

    • Mike Holland says:

      The address is: The Home Wine, Beer and Cheesemaking Shop, 22836 Ventura Blvd #2, Woodland Hills, California 91364

      The information is on the downloadable forms from the club website. But WineMaker deleted the shipping address from the ad copy I sent them, if that is how you found us. Sorry for the confusion and Good Luck.

      Mike Holland, President

  12. Robert Pierrelee says:

    How do I ship wine from Kansas to California? I can’t get any shipper to take it. Do I lie when they ask me what is in the package?

  13. AR Hunt says:

    Have the wine competition
    results been posted anywhere?

  14. Ralph Otte says:

    2014 entry forms ready yet?

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