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Wines from around the world poured into the Indiana State Fairgrounds Blue Ribbon Pavilion for the seventeenth annual Indy International Wine Competition, June 26-28, 2008.
As one of the largest wine competition in the US, the Indy International brought in over 3,200 wines from 15 countries. The Indy is also the second largest amateur competition in the country and holds the distinction of largest fruit wine competition.
Seventy-five judges traveled to Indianapolis from across North America to review approximately 120 wines a day based on appearance, aroma, taste and aftertaste. Judges receive the wines in numbered glasses, lessening the chance of recognizing a wine by its bottle and label art.
Wines can be awarded a gold, silver, bronze or no medal. The very best wines are awarded double gold, earning the right to compete for the best of show.
The Indy International Wine Competition is sponsored by the Indiana State Fair and coordinated by the Indiana Wine Grape Council at Purdue University.