2023 Jubilee Wine Competition Rules and Information

 2023 Jubilee Wine Competition Rules and Information

Sacramento Home Winemakers

Date of Competition:  Saturday, June 3, 2023


The 2023 Jubilee Wine Competition is open to members in good standing of the Sacramento Home Winemakers (SHW), Inc. 

  • Entries are limited to wines produced by members of SHW, Inc. who are not the owners, winemakers or employees of licensed commercial winemaking concerns, except as set forth below.  Members who are owners, winemakers or employees of commercial winemaking concerns, but who are otherwise qualified, may submit wines for competition provided that such wines were made and bottled prior to the effective date of their commercial license.
  • If you are making your wine as a team with other club members, please give your team a name. Each member of the stated team must be a SHW member at the time of entry.

Note that if you are planning to compete for the SHW Winemaker of the Year award, you must enter at least two separate and distinct wines related to varietal and vintage AND use the exact same team name when you enter wines into the Jubilee and other competitions. Be consistent – team name Jack and Jill Lee is not the same as Jill and Jack Lee.

How To Enter

  • You may enter as many wines as you like.  An entry is defined as one (1) 750 milliliter bottle.  For sparkling wines, an additional bottle (at least 375 ml) is recommended to maintain sparkle for later judging rounds.
  • First entry is free; subsequent entries are $10 each. 
  • Do not use capsules or wax of any form on bottles.
  • Entries are accepted online at the Sacramento Home Winemakers website at:  https://www.sachomewine.com.

Complete the 4-step process to enter your wines:

Step 1:  Register yourself or team.  If two or more members are entering a wine, choose a team name and identify team members in Step 1.

Step 2:  Register your entry wine.  Use the same entrant name as in Step 1. 

– A drop down list is provided for specifying each classification, varietal, vintage, % blends, etc. 

– 75% or more of a varietal shall be classified as that varietal.

– Use the “Additional Notes About This Wine” box to list a county or AVA not found on the drop-down.

– If entering several wines of the same year and varietal, designate a different lot for each wine (i.e., 2020 Albarino Lot A, 2020 Albarino Lot B); or briefly state additional information about the entry wine to distinguish them.

Step 3:  Pay for your entries when you are finished entering your wines.  Follow the directions to make payment and to finalize your entries.  You do not need a PayPal account to make payment; you can do so as a guest using your credit card.

Step 4: Affix your email confirmation to the entry. After you register your wines online, you will receive an entry confirmation via e-mail. Use this confirmation e-mail as your bottle label and securely affix it to your entry.  If your entry is a white wine, please cover the label with clear packing tape as the wine will be refrigerated.

Entry Dates and Drop-Off Locations

Entries open online on the SHW website on April 12 and close May 17 at 9 pm.  Wine entries must be registered and paid for online, unless other arrangements have been made.  Note that you do not need to be a PayPal member to pay for wines online; you may pay as a guest. 

Plan ahead!

  • Entries will be accepted at the Club’s April 19 and May 17 monthly meetings.  On those meeting nights, entries will be accepted in the parking lot of the Turn Verein up until 7 pm.  If arriving after 7 pm, entries will be accepted in the meeting room upstairs.
  • Entries will also be accepted at regional drop off locations in Sacramento, Granite Bay, Citrus Heights, and Auburn.   Deadline for drop offs is May 17, 5 PM.  Please call ahead to make arrangements.

                   Mike Menard, Granite Bay, 279-465-7565

                   Joe Morgan, Citrus Heights, 916-439-7205

                   Brew House Supply, Auburn, 916-402-4227

                   Gin Yang, Sacramento, 916-217-0294

Judging and Awards

The modified California State Fair Home Winemaking Judging Protocol will be used.  Each wine will be judged on its own merits by a panel of three judges and awarded a double-gold, gold, silver, bronze, honorable mention, or no award.  Awards will also be given for Best of Class, Best of Division, and Best of Show.  A Class has three or more entries. The Chief Judge may collapse or expand published classes and make adjustments as necessary.

Results will be announced at the Jubilee Picnic and Awards Ceremony on Sunday, June 4. Certificates for Best of Class, Best of Division, and Best of Show winners will be awarded at the Jubilee Picnic as well. 

At the August Club meeting, the Best of Show and Best of Division winners will receive their medals (Best of Class receive certificates only).  Individual awards will also be available at the August meeting.

Completed judging sheets will be available for pickup at the June 4 picnic, and the June, July and August monthly meetings. 

The competition results will be published on the Club’s website and facebook page.

Please contact Chief Judge Gin Yang at ginyangstaehlin@yahoo.com or 916-217-0294 with questions.

These competition rules and information, along with divisions and classifications, and entry forms, are available on the Club’s website at https://www.sachomewine.com.

Sacramento Home Winemakers
2023 Jubilee Wine Competition
Divisions and Classifications
Division 1 – White Wines 
101 Chenin Blanc110 W. Bordeaux Blend – Specify
102 Albariño111 W. Rhone Blend – Specify
103 Verdelho112 Miscellaneous White – D – Specify
104 Sauvignon Blanc113 Miscellaneous White – SS – Specify
105 Chardonnay114 Miscellaneous White – S – Specify
106 Viognier 
Division 2 – Red Wines 
201 Pinot Noir213 Barbera
202 Sangiovese214 Touriga
203 Grenache215 Petit Verdot
204 Tempranillo216 Petite Sirah
205 Mourvedre220 Rhone Blends – Specify
206 Zinfandel230 Italian Blends – Specify
207 Primitivo240 Bordeaux Blends -Specify
208 Cabernet Franc250 Misc Red Blends – Specify
209 Merlot260 Misc Reds – Specify
210 Malbec261 Carmine / Carmenere
211 Cabernet Sauvignon270 Miscellaneous Red – SS
212 Syrah280 Miscellaneous Red – S
Division 3 – Rosé Wines 
300 Rosé – Specify310 Rosé – SS
Division 4 – Sparkling Wines 
400 Sparkling Wine -Specify 
Division 5 – Fruit and Vegetable Wines 
500 Seed Fruit – Specify540 Other Fruit – Specify
520 Stone Fruit- Specify550 Vegetable – Specify
530 Berry – Specify 
Division 6 – Dessert Wines 
610 Dessert – ≤ 5% RS – Specify620 Dessert – Fortified – Specify

Note and Legend:

75% or more of a varietal should be classified as that varietal

RS – Residual Sugar

Dry – <1% RS  ||  SS – Semi-Sweet ≤ 5% RS  ||  S – Sweet – > 5% RS