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Published August 24, 2010, 10:20 AM

U of M hosts 2nd annual cold climate wine contest

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota is hosting the second annual International Cold Climate Wine Competition on Tuesday.

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota is hosting the second annual International Cold Climate Wine Competition on Tuesday.

A panel of 21 experts will taste and judge wines from commercial wineries in 17 states. The competition is the only event of its kind for wines made from fruit grown in cold climates.

The competition is a partnership between the Minnesota Grape Growers Association, the Minnesota State Fair and the university, which developed several of the cold-hardy grapes used to make the wines in the competition.

The winning wines will be displayed at the State Fair, which opens Thursday.

Only professional wineries are eligible. The Fair’s annual competition for amateur winemakers will continue as a separate event.

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