The Governor's Cup Wine Competition

Vendor Information

About The Challenge

Wines are tasted “blind” by our distinguished panel of judges at a private site prior to the Governor’s Cup Public Tasting on July 8th. The judging will be conducted by a panel of restauranteurs, sommeliers, retail wine buyers, wine critics, and distributors.  Our trade-only judging panelists work with wine on a daily basis. Our judging panel is derived from a diverse range of disciplines so multiple viewpoints will be considered in the evaluation of the wines. 
Important Deadlines:
Open for entries: May  8 2017
Closing date for entries: June 1 2017
Delivery deadline for samples : June 15 2017
Judging: June 23 2017
Medals announced July 8 2017 
Entrants are required to send 3 Bottles of each wine submitted.  Any unused samples will become the property of the Governors Cup committee. If your wine is awarded a medal you will be emailed an illustrator file so you can have self adhesive medals created.

Submission Guidelines

1. To qualify for entry in the Vermont Governors cup the wine must have been produced for commercial sale. Homemade wines will not be accepted for judging.
2. Those wishing to enter the competition must participate in the public tasting to be held at Brook Farm Vineyards on July 8th by setting up a booth for tastings and bottle sales (No Vendor Fee for Wineries)
3. Each wine category will be determined by information on the label.
4. The decision of the judges is final.
5. The Competition Director reserves the right to create new categories if the number of entries warrant.
6. Three (3) 750ml bottles or the equivalent comprise a wine entry.  All submissions become the property of the Competition.
7. Free entry  for wines to be judged
8. Final entry deadline is June 1
9. Proof of attendance to VT Department of Liquor Control Certificate of First Class Seminar must be on your person during the Festival. 
10. Copy of License to sell vinous or spirituous beverages must be provided at time of application.
11. Please remit Certificate of Liquor Liability Insurance policy with application.
12. Deadline for delivery of competition wines and spirits is June 15, 2017
13. Not less than 75% of the volume of the wine is derived from grapes grown in Vermont
All entries must be shipped to: 
The Vermont Governors Cup 2017 
c/o  Brook Farm vineyards
4203 Twenty Mile Stream Road
Proctorsville Vermont 05153
The Vermont Governor’s Cup is not responsible for wines shipped to any  other address.

The Judging Process

Samples are presented in flights of numbered glasses to avoid the possibility of judges being influenced by the shape, weight, packaging or crest of a particular bottle. Judges are asked to evaluate the wines in silence until each panel member has had a chance to sample and evaluate after which an open discussion takes place. Votes are then submitted to the head of the judging panel for collection and summation.
Judges are strictly prohibited from entering the competition cellar and preparation area during or after competition judging sessions. The decision of the judges is final once the judging has been completed.  The Vermont Governor’s Cup medals will be awarded on the day of the Public Tasting on July 8th at Brook Farm Vineyards.
Wines that have been awarded Gold Medals by the panel will proceed to the trophy round to compete for the winner of The Vermont Governor’s Cup upon which the wines will be re-tasted.

The Marking System

The Governors Cup Trophy 
Gold Metal winners will flighted and the highest score will be awarded the  Governor Cup Trophy for best in show. Highest score
90 and above
Quality of the highest order; setting the standard
Silver 80 – 89.9
Fine example; excellent quality
Bronze 66 – 79.9
Good example; well above average
66 – 74.9 
Good but not worthy of an award

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