Saturday, August 15, 2015

Livermore Valley wineries score big at California State Fair

The California State Fair 2015 Commercial Wine Competition saw over 2800 wine entries received from almost 750 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.

The first 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.

“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. “The State Fair continues to be an enormous showcase of the Best of California."
Livermore Valley took home several awards from the California State Fair including several top awards.

Best of Greater Bay Red
Gold 94 points, Mitchell Katz Winery 2012 Crackerbox Vineyard Sangiovese, Livermore Valley

Best of Greater Bay White
Double Gold 98 points, Murrieta’s Well 2013 “The Whip”, Livermore Valley

Best of North Central Coast White
Gold 94 points, Wente Vineyards 2013 Riva Ranch Chardonnay, Arroyo Seco

Best Other Dry White Varietal Blend
Double Gold 98 points, Murrieta’s Well 2013 The Whip, Livermore Valley

Best Sangiovese
Gold 94 points, Mitchell Katz Winery 2012 Crackerbox Vineyard Sangiovese, Livermore Valley

Best Tempranillo
Double Gold 98 points, Fenestra Winery 2010 Tempranillo, Lodi


Many Livermore Valley wineries brought home individual awards showcasing the quality of their wines.
  • Bent Creek Wines – captured 3 Bronze and 1 Silver award
  • Concannon Vineyard – brought home 2 Bronze and 5 Silver awards, including Best of Class of the Region for the 2012 Livermore Valley Reserve Petite Sirah and Best of Class of Region for the 2013 Chardonnay Reserve.
  • Crooked Vine Winery – enjoyed two Bronze and two Silver awards, including Best of Class of the Region for the 2012 Moxie.
  • Eagle Ridge Vineyard – earned two Silver awards for their Petite Sirah and Raptor
  • Ehrenberg Cellars – captured four Silver awards including Best of Class of Region for the 2012 Contra Costa County Favalora Vineyards Zinfandel
  • Fenestra Winery– in addition to the Best of California award for the 2010 Tempranillo, Fenestra also got a Double Gold, Silver and four Bronze awards
  • Las Positas Vineyards - got 7 Silver and one Gold award in addition to Best of Class of Region awards for the 2012 Barbera, 2012 Coccineous, 2014 Syrah and 2012 Tempranillo
  • Longevity Wines – won two Silver awards plus Best of Class of Region for the 2011 Mourvedre
  • Mitchell Katz Winery– in addition to the top awards for Best of Region Red and Best of California for the 2012 Crackerbox Vineyard Sangiovese, they also got Gold and two Silver awards
  • Murrieta’s Well– with the Best of Region White and Best of California special awards for the 2013 The Whip, they also got a Double Gold and a Silver award
  • Wente Vineyards– along with the Best of Region White for the 2013 Riva Ranch Chardonnay from Arroyo Seco, they also brought back Gold, two Silver and four Bronze awards
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. 
A complete listing of award-winning wines can be found at castatefair.org.

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