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Published August 25, 2009, 09:09 AM

International Cold Climate Wine Competition opens in St. Paul

ST. PAUL - Wines from the frosty north are showcased Tuesday when judging begins to select the very best made from hardy grapes.

By: Associated Press, Associated Press

ST. PAUL - Wines from the frosty north are showcased Tuesday when judging begins to select the very best made from hardy grapes.

Commercial wineries from 16 states are entered in the first International Cold Climate Wine Competition, part of the Minnesota State Fair.

Organizers say the professionally judged contest at the University of Minnesota's St. Paul campus will showcase the increasing quality of grapes developed for northern climates.

They hope the competition will not only pique consumer interest, but encourage professional winemakers to develop and market high quality wines using the hardy varieties.

The judging runs through Wednesday. Awards will be issued in several categories, and the top Minnesota winery in the competition will get the Governor's Cup.

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