UW-Madison hosts statewide wine competition

Wisconsin State Farmer
UW-Madison will host the first Wine Is Wisconsin on Aug. 7 with 18 wineries participating.

MADISON - Eighteen Wisconsin wineries will present 85 wines for judging at the first annual Wine Is Wisconsin on the UW-Madison campus in B141 Babcock Hall, Linden Dr.,  on Aug. 7. Judging begins at 8:30 a.m. with the final round of judging at 1 p.m.

The wines, made from grapes, honey and such fruits as cherries and cranberries, will be judged by eight food writers, restaurateurs, wine experts and retailers.  
The goal, says organizer Nick Smith of the UW-Madison Department of Food Science, is to "raise the bar" for the state wine industry and help create an identity for the industry.  
All wines are commercially available, and sourced at least 75 percent from Wisconsin products.