Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Santa Cruz Mountains bring home the Gold from 2011 California State Fair

The 2011 California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition is the oldest and most prestigious wine competition in North America.  The competition is open to all California bonded wineries selling retail and each year thousands of California wines are entered, seeking a chance to win one of the many coveted awards from the State Fair’s panel of expert wine judges. 

This competition has been judging wines in California for over 150 years, recognizing the best wines in the state.  The judges are selected from a wide range of backgrounds, including wine educators, wine makers, wine journalists, retailers and wholesalers, wine collectors and restaurateurs. 

This year’s 2011 competition found many Santa Cruz Mountains winemakers bringing home awards including some that are Best of Class for the region.


  • 2006 La Vita Santa Cruz Mountains, Regan Vineyard – Double Gold – 98 points, plus Best of California and Best of Class for Greater Bay Area for Italian red wine
  • 2008 Merlot, Regan and Peter Vineyard – Silver – 88 points
  • 2008 Syrah, Nelson Vineyard – Bronze – 86 points
  • 2007 Cabernet Franc , Santa Cruz Mountains Francville Vineyard – Silver – 91 points plus Best of Class for Greater Bay area
  • 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Cruz Mountains – Silver – 89 points
  • 2007 Syrah, Santa Cruz Mountains, Findley Vineyard – Bronze – 86 points
  • Non-Vintage Brut Sparkling, Santa Cruz Mountains – Silver – 89 points plus Best of Class for Greater Bay area
  • 2001 Cuvee Twenty-Seven Sparkling, Santa Cruz Mountains – Bronze – 87 points
  • Plus the Kathryn Kennedy 2010 Sauvignon Blanc from California brought home Silver
  • 2008 Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains, Kings Mountain Vineyard, - Double Gold – 98 points, plus Best of Microwinery for Red Wines
  • 2009 Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains Saveria Vineyard – Bronze – 86 points
  • Plus the 2009 Pinotage from Lodi got a Gold medal and was Best of Class for Lodi Appellation
  • 2007 J.D. Hurley Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Cruz Mountains – Silver – 88 points
  • 2007 Therese Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Cruz Mountains – Silver – 88 points
  • Plus the J.D. Hurley 2008 Merlot from Santa Clara Valley won Double Gold and Best of Class for Greater Bay area and the 2007 Therese Vineyards Sangiovese from Santa Clara Valley took home a Bronze
Sonnet Wine Cellars
  • 2008 Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains Muns Vineyard – Silver – 90 points
  • Plus the 2008 Pinot Noir from Tondre’s Grapefield in Santa Lucia Highlands in Monterey County got Double Gold and Best of Class for North-Central Coast region
  • 2007 Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains Wildcat Ridge – Gold – 94 points, plus Best of Class for Greater Bay area
  • 2009 Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains – Silver – 90 points
  • 2008 Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains Christie Vineyard – Silver – 89 points
  • 2008 Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains – Bronze – 86 points
  • Plus they took home bronze awards for the 2009 Riesling and 2007 Red Wine from Monterey County
  • 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Villa Festa, Santa Cruz Mountains – Silver – 89 points
  • 2009 Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains, Regan Vineyards – Bronze – 86 points
  • 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Cruz Mountains – Silver – 88 pints
  • 2009 Cancion del Mar White Blend California appellation got Gold medal and Best of Class California appellation and the 2008 Petite Sirah from Central Coast got a Silver
On July 29, the California State Fair hosts the “Taste & Celebrate the Best Wines” event, featuring these award winning wines and more from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Golden Stage.  This Special Event costs $25 above the cost of Fair Admission.
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