Thursday, June 30, 2016

California State Fair commercial wine competition winners for 2016

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.

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

GOLDEN STATE WINERY OF THE YEAR
 South Coast Winery

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 ReZerve0 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.


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