Aug 16, 2012 at 7:20 am
ST. PAUL, MN (AP) - The International Cold Climate Wine Competition returns to the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota on Thursday.
A panel of 21 experts will taste and judge more than 325 wines from commercial wineries in 12 states and Canada.
The fourth annual competition is a partnership between the Minnesota Grape Growers Association and the University of Minnesota, which developed several of the cold-hardy grapes used to make the wines in the competition. The judges include prominent wine writers, restaurateurs, retailers and wine educators.
Seven three-judge panels will determine the initial awards, with top-scoring wines evaluated by all 21 judges for ''best of'' categories and the Governor's Cup award to the top Minnesota grape wine.
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