The California State Fair announced the top wine awards from the California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition. This year’s wine competition consisted of 2,881 wine entries received from 743 participating winery brands. Seventy-two judges on 18 panels awarded 57 Double Golds and 254 Golds, and the top winners showed the diversity of California wine, coming from around the state and from wineries of every size.
“California’s 78,000 farms and ranches produce roughly half of all the fruits, nuts and vegetables grown in the United States; and our grape industry accounts for 90 percent of all wine consumed in America. As one of the oldest professional wine competitions in the nation, we are extremely pleased that for the second year in a row the State Fair has seen increased participation in our prestigious wine competition,” said Rick Pickering, CEO of the California State Fair. “With more than 2,800 wine entries from 700 plus wineries, the State Fair continues to be an enormous showcase of the Best of California.”
Below is a listing of some of the top wine winners. Two bringing-in the all-around Best of Show award hail from El Dorado County, in California’s Sierra Foothills region. A complete listing of award-winning wines can be found at www.castatefair.org.
Best of Show Red & Best of Sierra Foothills Red | DOUBLE GOLD
Lewis Grace | Tempranillo | 2012 | El Dorado
Best of California Cabernet Sauvignon | DOUBLE GOLD
Lewis Grace | Cabernet Sauvignon | 2012 | El Dorado
Best of Show White | DOUBLE GOLD
Oak Farm Vineyards | Albarino | 2014 | Lodi
Best of Show Sparkling | DOUBLE GOLD
Korbel | Blanc de Noirs | NV | California
Best of Show Pink | DOUBLE GOLD
Gold Hill Vineyard | Barbera Rosé | 2014 |El Dorado
The first California State Fair Wine Competition was held in 1855. The competition is the oldest and one of the most prestigious wine events in the country. Top wines including Best of Region and Best of California winners will be featured at the State Fair in the Save Mart Supermarkets Wine Garden for visitors to enjoy July 10-26.
The National Wine Review congratulates all the winning wineries!
This announcement is courtesy of the California State Fair.