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2012-06-12

CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR COMMERCIAL WINE COMPETITION RESULTS

State Fair awards 2,156 medals to commercial wine competitors

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (June 12) – The California State Fair announces the winners of its Commercial Wine Competition, the oldest and most prestigious wine competition in North America.

Awards will be presented during California’s Grape & Gourmet, the state’s premier wine and food event, which returns to Cal Expo on Aug. 18. The results of the wine competition will appear in “California Wine” magazine, a publication of the California State Fair. “California Wine” will be available at Grape & Gourmet and Save Mart Supermarkets. For Grape & Gourmet tickets and information, go to www.bigfun.org

2012 Commercial Wine Competition results:

This year, 2,890 wine entries were received from 688 participating wineries. Seventy-two judges on 18 panels awarded 2,156 medals, including 74 Double Gold, 268 Gold, 1,195 Silver and 734 Bronze. The winners include:



Best of Show-Red

Double Gold 98
Hearst Ranch Winery
2009 Three Sisters Cuvée

Best of Show-White

Double Gold 98
Kenneth Volk Vineyards
2011 Torrontes

Best of Show-Dessert

Double Gold 98
R. A. Harrison Family Cellars
2008 Nobility

Best Value

Double Gold 98
Oak Grove Winery
2011 Viognier

Golden State Winery Of The Year

Chacewater Wine Company


Best Microwinery-Red

Double Gold 98
Hoyt Family Vineyards
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

Best Microwinery-Other

Gold 94
Rancho de Philo
NV California Triple Cream Sherry




Best Of Region

BEST OF NORTH COAST RED

Gold 94
B. R. Cohn
2009 Barbera

BEST OF NORTH COAST WHITE

Double Gold 98
Bonterra Vineyards
2010 Chardonnay

BEST OF SONOMA RED

Double Gold 98
Trentadue Winery
2010 La Storia Petite Sirah




BEST OF SONOMA WHITE

Gold 95
Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards
2007 Sparkling Wine

BEST OF NAPA RED

Gold 95
Robledo Family Winery
2009 Pinot Noir

BEST OF NAPA WHITE

Gold 94
V. Sattui Winery
2010 Chardonnay

BEST OF LODI RED

Double Gold 98
Macchia
2010 Delicious Barbera

BEST OF LODI WHITE

Double Gold 98
Kenneth Volk Vineyards
2011 Torrontes

BEST OF GREATER BAY RED

Gold 94
Cline Cellars
2010 Mourvedre

BEST OF GREATER BAY WHITE

Gold 94
Solis Winery
2011 Fiano

BEST OF NORTH-CENTRAL COAST RED

Double Gold 98
La Merika Vineyards
2010 Pinot Noir




BEST OF NORTH-CENTRAL COAST WHITE

Double Gold 98
San Simeon
2009 Chardonnay

BEST OF SOUTH-CENTRAL COAST RED

Double Gold 98
Hearst Ranch Winery
2009 Three Sisters Cuvée

BEST OF SOUTH-CENTRAL COAST WHITE

Gold 94
Hearst Ranch Winery
2010 Three Sisters Cuvée

BEST OF SOUTH COAST RED

Gold 94
South Coast Winery
2009 Penrose

BEST OF SOUTH COAST WHITE

Gold 95
South Coast Winery
2011 Tempranillo Rosé

BEST OF SIERRA FOOTHILLS RED

Gold 94
Windwalker Vineyard
2009 Mourvedre

BEST OF SIERRA FOOTHILLS WHITE

Double Gold 98
BellaGrace Vineyards
2011 Grenache Blanc



BEST OF OTHER CALIFORNIA RED

Gold 95
Cardella Winery
2010 Merlot


BEST OF CALIFORNIA RED

Gold 95
Cycles Gladiator
2010 Merlot

BEST OF CALIFORNIA WHITE

Double Gold 98
Korbel Champagne Cellars
NV Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine



Best Of California Wines

BEST BARBERA

Double Gold 98
BellaGrace Vineyards
2010 Amador County

BEST BORDEAUX RED

Double Gold 98
Benziger Family Winery
2007 Signaterra Three Blocks
Sonoma Valley


BEST SPARKLING WINE

Double Gold 98
Barefoot Bubbly
NV Moscato Spumante
California

BEST CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Double Gold 98
Bryter Estates
2009 Inspired, Napa Valley

BEST ITALIAN VARIETAL BLEND

Double Gold 98
Sculpterra Winery & Vineyard
2009 Figurine, Paso Robles




BEST MERLOT

Double Gold 98
Maggio Family Vineyards
2009 Lodi

BEST OTHER WHITE VARIETAL

Double Gold 98
BellaGrace Vineyards
2011 Grenache Blanc
Amador County

BEST RIESLING

Double Gold 98
Sutter Home Family Vineyards
2011 California

BEST PINOT GRIGIO

Double Gold 98
CRU Wine Company
2011 Mariposa
Arroyo Seco


BEST PINOT NOIR

Double Gold 98
Fog Head
2010 Monterey

BEST RED GENERIC

Gold 95
Lange Twins Family Winery & Vineyard
2008 Midnight, Lodi

BEST VARIETAL ROSÉ

Double Gold 98
Pietra Santa Winery
2011 Rosato
Cienega Valley

BEST RHONE VARIETAL BLEND

Double Gold 98
Hearst Ranch Winery
2009 Three Sisters Cuvée
Paso Robles

BEST OTHER RED VARIETAL

Double Gold 98
Heringer Estates
2008 Teroldego, Clarksburg

Double Gold 98
St. Amant Winery
2010 Souzão, Amador

BEST MALBEC

Double Gold 98
Martin Ranch Winery
2010 Thèrése Vineyards
Santa Clara Valley

BEST PETITE SIRAH

Double Gold 98
Michael David Winery
2010 Petite Petit, Lodi

BEST SAUVIGNON BLANC

Gold 95
Maurice Carrie Winery
2010, Temecula Valley

BEST TEMPRANILLO

Double Gold 98
Mt. Konocti Winery
2009, Lake County

BEST VIOGNIER

Double Gold 98
Oak Grove Winery
2011, California


BEST CABERNET FRANC

Gold 94
Windwalker Vineyard
2009, El Dorado

BEST SYRAH

Double Gold 98
Klinker Brick Winery
2010 Farráh, Lodi

BEST GEWURZTRAMINER

Double Gold 98
Husch Vineyards
2011, Anderson Valley

BEST CHARDONNAY

Double Gold 98
Chacewater Wine Company
2010, Lake County

BEST ZINFANDEL

Double Gold 98
Kenneth Volk Vineyards
2009, Lime Kiln Valley

BEST SANGIOVESE

Gold 94
Vino Noceto
2009 Dos Oakies
Shenandoah Valley

BEST SPECIALTY RED
VARIETAL BLEND

Double Gold 98
Red Rock Winery
Winemaker’s Blend
2010, California

BEST MUSCAT

Gold 95
Navarro Vineyards
2011, Anderson Valley, Mendocino




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2012 California State Fair – July 12-29 – 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento
11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Admission: $12 general, $10 ages 62-plus, $8 children 5-12. (Discount tickets on sale until July 11.) Parking: $10. For more information: www.bigfun.org

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