Once again I attended the annual Home Made Wine and Sopressata Competition at the Como restaurant in Niagara Falls, NY. Although prizes are awarded, its more of a social gathering and a lot of fun. I had a table reserved for 25 and most of the friends I invited showed up. After the wines are entered, a small portion is poured into a carafe for the judges and the rest is put out on tables for everyone to help themselves. Similarly, the sopressata is sliced very thin, with enough reserved for the judges and the rest is put on large platters with cheese and crackers. It becomes pretty much a friendly free-for-all, with over 100 wines and 60 versions of sopressata among about 500 attendees. I tried several of other people's home made wines - a nice Riesling, a surprisingly nice Isabella and a terrible, sweet Baco. I overheard some of the Sopressata makers comparing notes, and I know that several were made with a mixture of pork and venison. There was quite a bit of variety here - some mild, som hot, some greasy, some grizzly and some excellent! I brought along a mixed case of my home made wines to share with my friends at our table, three of whom are also home winemakers who brought some of their wares. These included a nice Foch, an excellent dry Vidal and 2 vintages of Traminette, both of which were on the sweet side. (BTW - none of us won anything). After the free-for-all we were all served nice dinner of salad, Italian bread, pasta, pork cutlets, and Chicken Francesca (breasts with lemon). All-in-all, it was again a very fun evening. Note to self- make Sopressata for next year.