2016 Geyserville Amateur Winemaker’s Entry Instruction
Presented by the Geyserville Chamber of Commerce
Entrants may come from Residents all over Sonoma County


If you are home or garage winemaker, the Geyserville Chamber would like to cordially invite you to enter your wine in this year's Annual Geyserville Amateur Wine Competition.

ENTRIES CLOSE: Tuesday March 8th, 5:00 pm.

JUDGING: Monday March 14th          No results will be given by phone.

RESULTS: Will be announced at the Geyserville Chamber Dinner, on Monday, May 10.

EXHIBITS RELEASED: Unopened bottles will be available for pick up after the Chamber Dinner on May 10, or anytime after that from the Hope-Merrill House. PLEASE CALL BEFORE GOING OVER TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE WILL BE SOMEONE THERE TO ASSIST YOU (Ron at: 707-857-1724)


ENTRY FEE: $9.00 per entry, each entry consists of two bottles. Check or Money order only.

Deliver all entries to Bosworth & Son, 21060 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville OR The Beverage People, 1845 Piner Road, Santa Rosa, CA


A. An amateur is one who makes wine as a hobby.

B. An amateur is 21 years of age and over who does not have an enology degree, nor works in a winery in any winemaking capacity.

C. Entrant may come from anywhere in Sonoma County.

D. An entry consists of two bottles per entry.

E. Label: Identify each bottle of wine with exhibitor name/winery, class number and wine type prior to delivery.

F. Percent residual sugar in all wines must be listed on the entry form.

G. Exhibits that are not picked up within the release time will be discarded. Results will be available at the end the Geyserville Chamber Dinner or mailed to you after.

H. Written judges’ critique of each wine will be available to the exhibitor of the wine.

24 Point System Judging System

Medals offered: Best of Show,  Per class medals:  Gold, Silver, Bronze

Perpetual Trophies: Best of Class for all Whites, Best of Class for all Reds

Sample Wine Bottle Label

1. Angelica, Port, Sherry, etc. (please identify on entry form)


2. Apple, Berry, Citrus, etc. (please describe on entry form)


3 . Blanc de Noirs

4. Generic Rose

5 . White Zinfandel

6 . Any other Varietal Rose (please identify)


7 . Cabernet Franc

8. Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 or before (older)

9. Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 or later (younger)

10 . Generic red wine (please identify on entry form)

11. Merlot

12. Petite Sirah
13. Pinot Noir

14. Rhone Types (Carignane, Mouvedre, etc. please identify)

15. Sangiovese

16. Syrah

17. Zinfandel

18 . Bordeaux Blends (Meritage, etc.)

19 . Any Other red varietal (please identify on entry form)


21. All Sparkling Wines (please identify on entry form)


22. Chardonnay

23. Generic White wine (please identify)

24. Gewurztraminer

25. Sauvignon Blanc

26 . Meritage White

27. Chenin Blanc

28. Viognier

29. Any other white varietal (please identify)



40. White

41. Rose

42. Red



This year we will also judge labels. Imagine having your very own “chateau d’ you”. This is an opportunity to call on the creative you.


A. Any Amateur wine entry with a label is automatically considered in the Label Contest. Only those affixed on the bottle entered are eligible.

B. No extra entry fee. Do not list on entry form.

C. Each label must contain the following information:

       Name of Winery or Winemaker



For some creative ideas check out the following sites on the internet:

     homewinelabels.com, winelabels.org, winelabel.com, winemaking.jackkeller.net.

Judging will be done on Monday, March 14, by local winemakers and prominent individuals involved in the wine industry.


Winners will be announced at the Geyserville Chamber Dinner Meeting, On Tuesday, May 10.   Wines will be displayed during the cocktail hour. All winners will receive their ribbons at the end of the dinner.  The Best of Class winners will have their names engraved on the Perpetual Trophy.  See the attached flyer of the dinner invitation and reservation form. All member and non-member exhibitors are invited to the dinner.  Due to limited seating, reservations are required and sell-out quickly.

Written feedback by the judges will be available at the Chamber Dinner or from Ron Scheiber at 707-857-1724 or by going to http://amateur-wines.com.

Please contact Ron Scheiber if questions 707-857-1724 or emailrls@hope-inns.com