Cold climate wine competition tomorrow at U of M

The first-ever competition between cold climate wines is going down tomorrow at the U of M. Wineries from 16 states will competing to have their wine displayed at the state fair (which, in case you've been in a coma, starts Thursday).

The competition features 34 different categories, the competition website says, including "Native Grape, French & American Hybrids, Sparkling, Specialty & Fortified, Non-Grape, and 100% Cold Hardy Grape wines." The panel of 15 judges includes Strib wine writer Bill Ward, Chanhassen's Century Wine & Spirits wine buyer Michael Grabner, and Jenny Breen of Good Life Catering.

The competition is a partnership between the Minnesota Grape Growers Assocation, the fair and the U of M. According to the U of M, Minnesota alone has 26 wineries, which brought in $36.2 million to the state in 2007.

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