Area resident competes for wine-making award

SPRINGFIELD—Rockford’s Robert Conboy was one of many amateur and commercial wine-makers from across the state to compete for top honors at the 2005 Amateur and Commercial Wine Competitions July 19-20 at the Hilton Hotel in Springfield.

More than half of Illinois’ wineries were represented at this year’s competition, with nearly 300 entries for commercial wines alone.

A panel of commercial wine-makers from Illinois wineries judged wines in the amateur competition. The commercial competition was judged by 10 certified wine judges from across the nation, including Chief Judge Ray Pompillio, former director of the International Eastern Wine Competition, and wine writer from Ithaca, N.Y., and Linda Jones McKee, publisher of Wine East Magazine and a wine judge of national and international wine competitions over the last 20 years.

Wines are judged on color, balance, aroma, clarity and finish. The commercial wines were judged on a point system and then awarded gold, silver and bronze medals in accordance to their score. All gold medal winners competed for Best of Show and a special recognition of “Governor’s Cup” was awarded to the best red, white and fruit wines produced from Illinois-grown fruit. Entries in the amateur competition were awarded either red, white or blue ribbons for placement.

From the July 27-Aug. 2, 2005, issue

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