The California State Fair Announces Commercial Wine Competition Winners

by WINE BUSINESS NEWS
June 08, 2016

 

The California State Fair Announces Commercial Wine Competition Winners 

(Sacramento, CA) Winners have been announced for the 2016 California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition. With the help of 175 volunteers, 55 judges had just three days to taste 2,854 wines from more than 750 California wineries. In the end, 115 Double Golds and 230 Golds were awarded to wineries of every size throughout the Golden State.

 Dating back to 1854, the California State Fair Wine Competition is America’s oldest and most prestigious wine event. Only wines made with fruit grown in California may be judged in the competition. Wines are evaluated by class, varietal, style and region based upon the source of the grapes.

Top wines including Best of Region and Best of California winners will be featured at the California State Fair in the Save Mart Supermarkets Wine Garden for visitors to enjoy July 8 - 24.

A complete list of award-winning wines can be found here.


GOLDEN STATE WINERY OF THE YEAR
South Coast Winery


 BEST OF SHOW RED
Double Gold 98
St. Amant Winery
2014 Tempranillo
The Road Less Traveled
Amador County

 BEST OF SHOW WHITE
Double Gold 98
J. Lohr Gesture
2015 Viognier
Paso Robles

 BEST OF SHOW SPARKLING
Double Gold 98
Gloria Ferrer
NV Blanc de Noirs
Sparkling Wine
Carneros

BEST OF SHOW PINK
Double Gold 98
Robert Hall Winery
2015 Rosé de Robles
Rosé Wine
Paso Robles

 BEST OF SHOW DESSERT
Double Gold 98
Navarro Vineyards
2014 Riesling, Cluster Select
Late Harvest
Anderson Valley, Mendocino

 

 BEST OF MICROWINERY RED
Double Gold 98
Michael Gill Cellars
2015 Counoise
Paso Robles

 BEST MICROWINERY WHITE
Double Gold 98
Turkovich Family Wines
2015 Albariño
Yolo County

 BEST MICROWINERY OTHER
Double Gold 98
Renegade Winery
NV OMG Port Style Dessert Wine
California

BEST VALUE
Double Gold 98
Smoking Loon
2014 Chardonnay
California

BEST OF REGION

BEST OF NORTH COAST RED
Double Gold 98
Shed Horn Cellars
2014 Lake County
Red Varietal Blend

 BEST OF NORTH COAST WHITE
Double Gold 98
Bliss Family Vineyards
2015 Mendocino
Sauvignon Blanc

 BEST OF SONOMA RED
Double Gold 98
Sean Minor
2013 Sonoma Coast
Pinot Noir

BEST OF SONOMA WHITE
Double Gold 98
J. Vineyards
2014 Russian River Valley
Chardonnay

 BEST OF NAPA RED
Double Gold 98
Double T
2013 Napa Valley
Red Wine

BEST OF NAPA WHITE
Double Gold 98
Black Stallion Estate Winery
2015 Napa Valley
Sauvignon Blanc

BEST OF GREATER BAY RED
Double Gold 98
Concannon
2013 Livermore Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon

 BEST OF GREATER BAY WHITE
Double Gold 98
Bloomfield Vineyards
2015 Contra Costa County
Viognier

 BEST OF NORTH-CENTRAL COAST RED
Double Gold 98
Stephen & Walker
2013 Monterey County
Pinot Noir

 BEST OF NORTH-CENTRAL COAST WHITE
Double Gold 98
Fetzer Vineyards
2014 Monterey County
Riesling

 BEST OF SOUTH-CENTRAL COAST RED
Double Gold 98
Le Vigne Winery
2013 Paso Robles
Di Domenico
Cabernet Sauvignon

 BEST OF SOUTH-CENTRAL COAST WHITE
Double Gold 98
J. Lohr Gesture
2015 Paso Robles
Viognier

 BEST OF SOUTH COAST RED
Double Gold 98
Shadow Mountain Vineyards
2013 San Diego County
Nebbiolo

 BEST OF SOUTH COAST WHITE
Double Gold 98
South Coast Winery
2015 Temecula Valley
Sauvignon Blanc

 BEST OF SIERRA FOOTHILLS RED
Double Gold 98
St. Amant Winery
2014 Amador County
Tempranillo

 BEST OF SIERRA FOOTHILLS WHITE
Double Gold 98
Oakstone WInery
2015 Fair Play
Pinot Grigio
Estate Mother Vine Ranch

 BEST OF LODI RED
Double Gold 98
Loma Prieta Winery
2013 Lodi
Pinotage
Bodo’s Blend

 BEST OF LODI WHITE
Double Gold 98
Lewis Grace
2014 Alta Mesa
Torrontés

 BEST OF OTHER CALIFORNIA RED
Double Gold 98
Cardella Winery
2014 Fresno County
Malbec

 BEST OF OTHER CALIFORNIA WHITE
Double Gold 98
Rendez-vous Winery
2014 Clarksburg
Chenin Blanc

 BEST OF CALIFORNIA STATE RED
Double Gold 98
H. Mynors
2013 California
Zinfandel
Old Vine Cuvée

 BEST OF CALIFORNIA STATE WHITE
Double Gold 98
Smoking Loon
2014 California
Chardonnay

BEST OF CALIFORNIA WINES

 BEST BARBERA
Double Gold 98
Amador Cellars
2013 Barbera
Cooper & Karmere Vineyard
Amador County

 BEST BORDEAUX RED VARIETAL BLEND
Double Gold 98
Windwalker Vineyard
2011 Red Table Wine
El Dorado

 BEST CABERNET FRANC
Double Gold 98
Bent Creek Wines
2013 Cabernet Franc
Livermore Valley

 BEST CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Double Gold 98
Concannon Vineyard
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
Livermore Valley

 BEST CHARDONNAY
Double Gold 98
Belle Ambiance Family Vineyards
2014 Chardonnay
California

 BEST GRENACHE
Double Gold 98
Villa Vallecito Vineyards
2013 Grenache
Sierra Foothills

 BEST MALBEC
Double Gold 98
Martin Ranch Winery
2013 Malbec
Thérèse Vineyards
Santa Clara Valley - Dos Niñas Vineyard

 BEST MERLOT
Double Gold 98
Francis Coppola Diamond Collection
2014 Merlot Blue Label
California

 BEST OTHER FORTIFIED DESSERT WINE
Double Gold 98
Galleano Winery
NV Port, Old Vine
Cucamonga Valley

 BEST OTHER RED VARIETAL BLEND
Double Gold 98
Obscurity Cellars
2014 Carignane & Zinfandel Murrill Vineyard
100th Anniversary 1916
Amador County

 BEST OTHER RED VARIETAL
Double Gold 98
Acorn Winery
2013 Dolcetto Alegria Vineyards
Russian River Valley

 BEST OTHER WHITE VARIETAL
Double Gold 98
Lewis Grace
2015 Torrontés
Alta Mesa

 BEST PETITE SIRAH
Double Gold 98
Wolff Vineyards
2014 Petite Sirah
Edna Valley

 BEST PINOT GRIGIO
Double Gold 98
Menage à Trois
2015 Pinot Grigio
California

 BEST PINOT NOIR
Double Gold 98
Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards
Sonoma Coast
2013 Pinot Noir
Sonoma County


BEST PRIMITIVO
Double Gold 98
Smith Vineyard
2013 Primitivo
Estate Bottled
Sierra Foothills

 BEST RED GENERIC
Double Gold 98
Three Thieves
2014 Red Wine
California

 BEST RIESLING
Double Gold 98
Fetzer Vineyards
2014 Riesling Goosefoot Road
Monterey County

 BEST SANGIOVESE
Double Gold 98
Windwalker Vineyard
2012 Sangiovese
Sierra Foothills

BEST SAUVIGNON BLANC
Double Gold 98
South Coast Winery
2015 Sauvignon Blanc
Carter Estate Vineyard
Winemaker’s Signature Collection
Temecula Valley

BEST SHIRAZ
Double Gold 98
Barefoot
NV Shiraz
California

 BEST TEMPRANILLO
Double Gold 98
Peirano Estate Vineyards
2013 Tempranillo Estate
The Heritage Collection
Lodi

 BEST VIOGNIER
Double Gold 98
Acquiesce
2015 Viognier
Premium White Wine
Lodi

BEST ZINFANDEL
Double Gold 98
Sobon Estate
2014 Zinfandel ReZerve
Paul's Vineyard
Amador County

 The California State Fair will recognize the top award winners at a special press event on the steps of the State Capitol on June 23 at 10 a.m., along with the Best of Show winners from the Fair’s other well-respected commercial cheese, commercial beer and extra virgin olive oil competitions. The Best of Show award-winners are invited to pour their award-winning wine at a special invitation only Best of California tasting reception prior to the annual California State Fair Gala the evening of June 23 at 5:30 p.m.

About the California State Fair

For more than 160 years, the California State Fair has showcased the best of the Golden State. Cal Expo was dedicated as a place to celebrate California’s achievements, industries, agriculture, diversity of its people, traditions and trends that shape the State’s future. The 2016 California State Fair will take place July 8-24. Advanced ticket pricing starts at $6 for children, $8 for seniors and $10 for adults. Tickets are available at CAStateFair.org/tickets.