wine competition

2019 Wine Competition Results

Best in Show – Amateur –  Arnie Schloemann 2017 Primitivo 

Best in Show – Commercial – Hawk Ridge Winery 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon

List of Winners and Medals – 2019 MWG Wine Competition Results

Your paperwork will be mailed out this week. Unfortunately due to Covid-19 the medals are and have been on back order. We are hoping they come in by the time you are picking up your grapes and juices. Thank you for your patience during these difficult times. We will alert you as soon as they arrive.

For this year we have decided to cancel the 2020 competition due to unknowns brought on by Covid-19. We will be offering a “Wine Review Service” ($11.00/bottle). This service will provide you with the feedback you would get as if your wine was being judged in Musto’s competition. This service will be available year round and we ask that you allow 1-3 weeks for feedback and judging information. We are happy to still provide the feedback you want and are accustomed to throughout the year.

Since we were not able to celebrate your wines this year due to the pandemic, we are planning to have a Growers & Winemakers Celebration once everything calms down in the future. Musto Wine Grape and our growers are excited to celebrate you and your wines as soon as we can! We appreciate your patience and understanding at this time and look forward to celebrating you and your wines in the future.

If you have any questions about the results or the competition in general please email cmusto@juicegrape.com

Amatuer Winemaking Competition – Awards Dinner will be held on May 30th, 2020


MAY 30th, 2020


Musto Wine Grape Winemaker Awards Banquet

Best in show to be announced at the dinner. Celebrate your achievements with your friends, family, our growers, and the Musto crush crew! Grab your tickets HERE.

Musto Wine Grape Winemaker Awards Banquet



  • Zandri’s stillwood inn:
  • 1074 S. Colony Rd, Wallingford, CT 06492
  • May 30th, 2020
  • 6:30PM – Midnight


  • Wine Grape Raffles: Wine Grapes & Juices
  • Equipment Raffles: Tanks, Barrels, Bottles, Classes, and more!
  • Gift Certificate Raffles: You will have multiple opportunities to win gift certificates to Musto Wine Grape

* We are accepting requests to reserve tables. If you would like to reserve a table please include a list of names of the people in your party. Each table holds 8-10 people. If you purchase a grouping of tickets, please email Christina the names of the people you purchased the tickets for.

We will be donating all of the proceeds from the event to Dana Farber Cancer Association to help fight cancer. Please bring cash to purchase your raffle tickets. There is not ATM on site and we do not take credit cards for raffle tickets.

Get excited for a fun night of celebrating, wine tasting, raffle prizes, and dancing!

Musto Wine Grape Winemaker Awards Banquet

Where to Stay:

*Please note we suggest either having a designated driver or ubering to the event.

Please RSVP/purchase your ticket by May 22nd. Space is limited, so don’t delay! We look forward to seeing you at the Winemaker Dinner!

Showcase Your Wines!

Wine Competition_2017 Teaser

Don’t forget about the Musto Wine Grape – Amateur & Commercial 2017 Wine Competition! All wines are tasted and judged in Riedel glassware by the Top Wine Tasting & Winemaking Judges on the East Coast! Lots of feedback, tasting notes, and prizes. Sign up today! Your wine could win Best in Show!

Click HERE to download your Competition Documents.

Wine Competition Entries are Due Soon!



You could win Best in Show!!

Get excited because our Winemaking Competition is back! We have Certified Sommeliers, Certified American Wine Society Wine Judges, and Professional Winemakers who will be giving you in depth notes about your wines. Our judges are excited to taste your wines and give some awesome tasting notes! We are currently accepting entries and hope to see you soon. If you have any questions about the wine competition please contact Christina at cmusto@juicegrape.com.

The Details: All entries must be delivered to Musto by October 14, 201. The Wine Competition will be held October 21st, 2017.

Download all documents by clicking HERE.


Photos from the last years Awards Ceremony & Dinner….

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Dinner Date: TBD – but will be in January in 2018

Come Celebrate Your Winning Wines on January 21st



The results are in and the date is set! Come Celebrate Your Winning Wines on January 21st, 2016.

The 2016 Musto Wine Grape Company, LLC. Wine Competition Dinner will entail a catered dinner, medal ceremony, wine themed games, dancing, and raffle prizes. All raffle money proceeds will be donated to the Wounded Warriors Project.

This is an event you don’t want to miss! There may even be a possibility of hitting Frank Musto in the face with a pie! (Shhhhh don’t tell Frank ;))

Tickets: Purchase HERE

Results: Musto Wine Grape Wine Competition Results!

Zandri’s Stillwood Inn:
1074 S. Colony Rd, Wallingford, CT 06492
January 21st, 2017
6:30PM – Midnight

 We Hope To See You There! Cheers!

Who Won Best in Show?

Thank you to everyone who entered Musto Wine Grape Company’s Wine Competition. We cannot wait for the Competition Dinner to give you all of the results! Dates for the dinner are coming soon….

You will be receiving an email this week with your medal results. All medals and feedback will be given out at the dinner.

And now for Best in Show…


Best in Show – Commercial: Winemaker Amanda Brackett from Southern Connecticut Wine Company for their “Dark & Dirty Red Blend”


Best in Show Amateur: Eric Albetski & Ed Smith for their 75% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon Blend.


Congratulations to all the Winemakers who submitted their entries. We can’t wait to see you at the dinner and celebrate your wines!









Show Off You Winemaking Skills at the Musto Wine Grape Company, LLC.’s Winemaker Amateur & Commercial Winemaking Competition!

The Annual Musto Wine Grape Company Amateur & Commercial Wine Competition will be held October 22, 2016. Your wines will be judged by some of the best wine judges in New England. Each entry will have detailed feedback to help further improve your winemaking skills.

Amateur or commercial wine entries will compete for, gold, silver & bronze medals. Best of Show medal will also be awarded. Amateur entries will compete against amateur entries and the same holds through for commercial entries. Each wine will be judged on its own merit. Medal awards will be decided by a group on competent wine judges selected by management of the Musto Wine Grape Company. All entrants will receive judging notes for each wine entered. Entry information can be downloaded at www.juicegrape.com.

Professional winetasting event, limited focus

  • Important Dates:
    • October 17th, 2016 NLT 4:00PM Wine Entry deadline arrival
    • Send or deliver entries
      • Musto Wine Grape Company, LLC 101 Reserve Rd, Hartford, CT 06114 or (860-278-7703
      • Levy, Diamond Bello & Associates, LLC (LDB) 497 Bic Drive, Milford, CT 06461 (203-882-7940Judging: October 22nd, 2016
    • Judging Results: TBD and at the awards Dinner (TBA). Also, posted on, www.juicegrape.com
    • Entry Fee:
      • For a single wine the entry fee will be $10.00 and $8.00 each for 2 or more entries submitted at the same time.
      • There is no limit to the number of entries. Make checks payable to Musto Wine Grape Company and U.S. dollars only.
    • Wine Entry Qualifications and Conditions:
      •  This wine competition is open to any amateur winemaker, commercial winemaker or winery. Wine entry must have been made by a winemaker, not purchased and re-bottled and used as an amateur wine maker entry. Judge may not judge and wine they have submitted.
      • Wine entry(s) are to be delivered or shipped to the above stated location before the closing time.
      •  A wine entry is a still bottle of wine and submitted for entry in a 750ml wine bottle. Ice wines or late harvest wines may be submitted in a 375ml wine bottle. Sparkling wines must be submitted in a champagne style bottle with the proper closure.
      • All bottle entries must be free of any labeling or identifying markings. However, each must be marked with Category number, winemaker(s) name, wine ingredients and percentages & vintage.
      • All shipments are the entrant’s responsibility therefore packaging must be able to withstand considerable handling and shipping costs are the entrant’s responsibility. COD’s or postage due will be rejected. If an entry bottle is received damaged, we will make every effort to contact the entrant and notify them of the damage. Check with your shipper as to requirements for shipping wine.
      • Wines entries made from grapes and juice based wines will be judged and awarded in their own category. Wine entries made from kits and fresh processed and concentrated juices will be judged and awarded in a kit category.
      • Judging of entry wines will be performed on a 20 point award system. Each wine will be judged on its own merits and not compared to any others in its category. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be awarded within each category and based on the 20 point system.
      • The Best of Show award(s) will be those wine entries that are superior within a given category. All award decisions made by the judges and/or sponsors, are final.
      • Awards will be given to the winners at the Award’s Dinner at the above stated date and time.
      • All entrants will receive a copy of the judging worksheet and a copy of the winning results.
      • All entrants will receive a copy of the judging worksheet and a copy of the winning results.
    •  Entry Form and Fee(s):
      • Do not send wine with your entry form and fee(s)
      • When paying by check, attach the check (payable to Musto Wine Grape Company) to the entry form and mail to Musto Wine Grape 101 Reserve Rd, Hartford, CT 06114 or Winemaker Products 497 Bic Drive, Milford, CT 06461. The entry form and fee will be held until the wine(s) are received. Do not send cash with the entry forms. Please keep a copy of the completed entry forms for your records.
    • Sending Your Wines:
      • Do not send wine entry form and fee(s) with the wine(s). Forms must mailed separately.
      • If sending more than one box, indicate that they are “Box 1 of 2 and Box 2 of 2, etc.
      •  If you’re delivering you own entries, we can only accept them Monday to Friday, 10:00AM to 4:00PM. The Milford location is closed on Saturday and Sundays. The Hartford location will be open on Saturday and Sundays and must be dropped off before 2:00PM. Wine entries are not to be dropped off after closing hours. Musto Wine Grape Company nor Winemaker Products, LLC will not be responsible of missing packages housing wine entries.