Fair event planned to test winemakers

Judging is scheduled for June 30 for a commercial winemaker’s competition conducted as part of the Mesa County Fair in Grand Junction.

Steve Menke, an associate professor of enology at Colorado State University, will officiate over the judging at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel, 765 Horizon Drive

A panel of five judges will award gold, silver and bronze medals to winning wines in six categories as well as a best of show medal.

The winners will be announced the week of July 9 and displayed during the 125th annual Mesa County Fair, set for July 17 to 21 at the Mesa County Fairgrounds.

The competition is open to any commercial wine produced in Colorado as long as 75 percent or more of its ingredients were grown in Mesa County and the wine is available for sale.

“We’re thrilled with the growth of the competition in just two years. It’s been great to see how many of the wineries have their Mesa County Fair medals on display in the tasting rooms,” said Debbie Hoey, a member of the Mesa County Fair Board.

An amateur winemaking event also is planned through the open class competition at the fair.