SACRAMENTO — California is known for its wine, and the California State Fair’s Commercial Wine competition is a coveted award that has been a key part of the state’s robust wine industry. The CA State Fair is also the oldest wine competition in the country, which means winning top honors at the Fair’s competition is quite an achievement.
This year, 2,705 California wines from 691 wine companies were judged over three days. The Wine Judges are selected from respected winemakers, wine merchants, writers, promoters, and educators from across the country. Once again, the judging was led by Mark Chandler.
“Consumers should find lots to celebrate among our string of medal winners,” said Chandler.
And he’s right. In all, 98 double gold medals, 267 gold medals, 1,033 silver medals and 1,156 bronze medals were awarded. There were also 320 Best of Class of Varietal Awards, 24 Best of California Awards, 22 Best of Region Awards, 3 Best Micro Winery awards, the Best Value Award, the Golden State Winery of the Year Award and 5 Best of Show Awards.
The 2018 Top California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition winners are:
Best of Show Red: Double Gold 99
St. Amant Winery
2016 Touriga, The Old Soldier
Best of Show White: Double Gold 99
2017 Sauvignon Blanc
Cedar Lane Vineyard
Best of Show Sparkling: Double Gold 99
2016, Pinot Noir Rose, Brut Sparkling Wine
Best of Show Pink: Double Gold 99
Santa Barbara County
Best of Show Dessert: Double Gold 98
Stephen & Walker
2012 Botrytis Chardonnay, Late Harvest
Golden State Winery of the Year
Imagery Estate Winery
Golden State Vineyard of the Year Award
Paraiso Springs Vineyard
Wine Lifetime Achievement Awards
The Bogle Family
California All Stars Awards
A searchable list of the 2018 CA State Fair Commercial Wine Competition winners can be found here.
The awards for Golden State Vineyard of the Year, Wine Lifetime Achievement, and California All Stars were awarded during a Wine Judges Dinner at the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg on March 27th. See more about the winners and the awards here.
The Best of Show commercial wine competition winners will be acknowledged the morning ofThursday, June 21, on the west steps of the Capitol. Later that evening, the winning wine makers will sample their wines at the Best of California Tasting event at Cal Expo, held prior to the California State Fair Gala benefiting The Friends of the California State Fair. You can find more information about the Best of California Tasting Event at CAStateFair.org/gala.
The commercial wine competition winners will also be presenting during the CA State Fair Taste of California Experience Classes July 13th – 29th. Fair guests can learn how to taste and pair the best California wines during these classes taught by wine experts. Registration for these classes begin in May at CAStateFair.org
For more information and interview requests please contact:
California State Fair Media Center at (916) 263-3108
–California State Fair
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