Local Wines Featured at Fair
By: Everett Davis
This is about a sweet contest that might burn a little on the way down, but it leaves behind a great taste in your mouth. That is what many wine makers are hoping people will say when tasting a sample of their craft. Wine making has long been a hobby for many people, but because of interest in wines and wineries many more people have taken up this rewarding hobby. Laws in North Carolina make it legal for individuals to produce up to 200 gallons of wine each year for their own use or to share with their friends. Amateur wine makers are not allowed to sell their wines.
To give amateur wine makers the opportunity to learn more about this interesting skill, and to show off their wines, the Robeson Regional Agricultural Fair will again offer the Amateur Wine Exhibit and Competition. This exhibit is sponsored by Lumber River Trading Company, the local True Value Hardware store, located at 1675 N. Roberts Avenue in Lumberton. This store has a complete line of winemaking equipment for those beginning this rewarding hobby, as well as the more seasoned wine makers that wish to perfect their skills.
Amateur wine makers from Robeson and the counties of Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Hoke, Scotland and Dillon (SC) are encouraged to enter their wines in this special exhibit this year. Wines to be exhibited can be accepted at the fairgrounds at the times established by entering home exhibits. All wines must in capped or corked bottles.
There are nine different categories for wine exhibits, including red or white vinifera, red or white hybrids, and red or white muscadine. Additional classes are available for blueberry wines, strawberry wines, and other fruit wines.
Each wine entered will be judged on its own merit, so wines will not actually be in competition with each other. Prize money and ribbons will be awarded for first, second and third place in each division. In addition, the best of class will be selected for each class.
The actual judging of wines will be done by certified wine judges on Saturday, September 29th at 12:00 pm in the fair office and is a closed event.
For more information, one can call event coordinator Everett Davis at (910) 739-7386.
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