July 25, 2017

INDY 2017 Wine Competition As It Happened

Judgement Day had arrived. On 24th May, with fifty wine judges in white lab coats poised to start blind tasting almost 2,000 wines, the 26th annual INDY International Wine Competition opened with remarks from the mercurially entertaining Christian Butzke.The Purdue University Enology professor and the wine championship’s chief judge offered guidance to the judges.  He said it was important … [Read more...]

Indy International Wine Comp Spectacular

“I declare the 25th Olympiad of wine open!” announced Christian Butzke, Purdue University’s professor of enology. It was a timely witticism with the Olympics in Rio getting underway at the same time as the Indy International Wine Competition. Christian was chief wine judge and a magisterial and Monty Pythonesque M.C. at last week’s Indy.As he introduced the competition - in Purdue’s … [Read more...]

Indy International 2012 Photos

The 21st Indy International Wine Competition 2012 was held August 1-3 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.  More than 2,500 wines from 41 states and 12 countries were judged by a panel of 48 judges from 19 states and Canada.   Fourteen of the judges were women.   The surprise winner of the Wine of  The Year Award went to River City Winery of New Albany for its 2011 Vignoles.  This is … [Read more...]

How to Make Wine Contests Work for Your Winery

 Recently, a former winemaking student asked me, “How do I win more gold medals?” I responded by saying “Enter more wine competitions.” We laughed and changed the topic. This conversation, although brief, had a lasting effect and caused me to reflect on my own thought process for selecting the competitions that I submit wines to.I’ve been part of the ‘inner-workings’ of wine … [Read more...]