International Amateur Wine Competition

NOTICE: THE WINE COMPETITION THAT USED TO BE HELD EACH YEAR IN APRIL HAS BEEN MOVED TO THE SEPTEMBER 13, 2014. WE ARE STILL HAVING THE COMPETITION, BUT AT A LATER DATE. THANK YOU. festivalTHE INFORMATION BELOW IS FOR THE 2014 COMPETITION.

ENTRIES DUE BY MIDNIGHT SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 6, 2014!!

The Cowie International Amateur Wine Competition is held to promote the making of wine at home for enjoyment by the family. It also provides a time to learn and share information about the art of wine making. There will be a seminar, tasting of the prize-winning wines, and snacks. Come, join the fun. No other alcoholic beverages are allowed on the property except wine makers may bring samples of their wine to the pot luck, but at no other time during the event is anyone allowed to bring alcoholic drinks on the property by direction of the management.

Awards will be presented on Saturday, September 13, 2014. All entries must be checked in by midnight, Saturday, September 6, 2014.

If you have any questions, please contact Robert Cowie at cowie@cswnet.com or (479) 963-3990.

Competition Rules

  1. Only wine made by non professional wine makers is allowed.
  2. Each entry consists of one (1) 750ML bottle.
  3. Labels list: Name of Winemaker, Division, Class, and Year.
    Example: Jane Smith Division A: Class 06 - Red Dry, Merlot--2010
  4. All entries must arrive at Cowie Wine Cellars by midnight September 6, 2014.
  5. There is NO entry fee for the label entry; all wines are automatically entered into this class.
    Entry fees: $15.00 first entry; $6.00 per each additional entry. (Entry fee includes ONE free admission)
  6. Prizes to be awarded:
    Best of Show: Engraved Tray
    Best in Class: Certificate
    First, Second, & Third in Class: Certificates
  7. Winners will be awarded on a point system.
  8. Special awards are given to promote the fun of the event.
  9. General Admission to the event is $15.00; this includes your glass that you may keep.

    Send the form, entry fee, & wine to:

    C. I. A. W. C.
    101 N. Carbon City Rd.
    Paris, Arkansas 72855

    Directions:
    (3 miles West of Paris on Highway 22
    (North side of highway at Carbon City)


    Click here to download the competetion rules in PDF Format. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader 8 or later to view the rules. (This form is required.)

    Click here to download the competition entry form in PDF format. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader 8 or later to view the form. (This form is required.)

    We thank you for entering the Competition and wish you good luck on winning. We hope that you will be able to attend the events on the last Friday, September 12th and Saturday, September 13th.

Schedule of Events

 
  • Friday Evening-- September 12th starting at 5:30, there will be a free potluck for all wine makers and guests. Please bring a dish of food, and a bottle of your wine (if you are a wine maker). Fellowship 'til the late hours. Bring a folding chair. Only homemade wines are allowed on the property this evening, no other alcoholic beverages may be brought for any reason.
  • Saturday, September 13th-- Awards of Winners and tasting of wines will begin at 11:00am. Then at 1pm, enjoy fellowship during the Annual Cowie WIne Fest and Grape Stomp that also occurs later this day. More information is available here.