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THE 2013 El Dorado Sauvignon Blanc from Lava Cap Winery received the best of Sierra Foothills White and a gold medal at the California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition. The best wines in California can be tasted at the State Fair through July 27. Democrat file photo

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Taste the best at the State Fair

By From page B2 | July 23, 2014

Attendees to the California State Fair will have a chance to sample the top wine award winners in the California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition during the fair.

This year’s wine competition consisted of 2,829 wine entries received from 746 participating winery brands. Seventy-four judges on 18 panels awarded 2,068 medals, including 52 double gold, 217 gold, 1,085 silver and 714 bronze.

Awards were presented by Jim Houston, deputy secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture; Paul Martin, deputy director, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development; Rick K. Pickering, chief executive officer, California Exposition and State Fair; Sonney Chong, board chair, California Exposition & State Fair; and Rick Kushman and Mike Dunne, California State Fair chief wine judges.

“We are excited to see this esteemed competition continue to grow with more than 200 additional entries from last year and overwhelming support by the wine industry,” said Pickering. “It’s another example of how the State Fair continues to honor the best of California.”

 

Wine awards

Best of Show Red
Double Gold 98
Sterling Vineyards
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Platinum

Best of Show White
Double Gold 98
Carol Shelton Wines
2012 Coquille Blanc

Best of Show Sparkling
Double Gold 98
McFadden Vineyard
NV Cuvée Brut

Best of Show Pink
Double Gold 98
Pedroncelli Winery
2013 Zinfandel
Signature Selection

Best of Show Dessert
Double Gold 98
Navarro Vineyards
2013 Riesling
Late Harvest

Best Value
Double Gold 98
Fetzer Vineyards
2011 Valley Oaks Moscato

Golden State Winery of the Year
Navarro Vineyards

Best Microwinery Red
Double Gold 98
La Chertosa Old World Wines
2012 Zinfandel

Best Microwinery White
Gold 96
Guardsmen Wines
2013 Albariño

 

Best Of Region

Best of North Coast Red
Gold 95
Castle Rock
2011 Mendocino County
Pinot Noir

Best of North Coast White
Double Gold 98
Navarro Vineyards
2013 Mendocino
Pinot Blanc

Best of Sonoma Red
Double Gold 98
Hawley Winery
2010 Dry Creek Valley
Meritage
Hawley Vineyard

Best of Sonoma White
Gold 95
MacMurray Ranch
2012 Russian River Valley
Pinot Gris

Best of Napa Red
Double Gold 98
Sterling Vineyards
2010 Napa Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon
Platinum

Best of Napa White
Double Gold 98
Trefethen Family Vineyards
2012 Oak Knoll
Chardonnay

Best of Greater Bay Red
Gold 95
Las Positas Vineyards
2011 Alameda County – Livermore Valley
Tempranillo

Best of Greater Bay White
Gold 95
Storrs Winery
2012 Santa Cruz Mountains
Chardonnay
Mountain Vineyard Collection
Wildcat Ridge

Best of North-Central Coast Red
Gold 96
Hahn Winery
2012 Central Coast
Meritage

Best of North-Central Coast White
Double Gold 98
State of Art
2011 Arroyo Seco
Riesling
Mission Ranch Vineyard

Best of South-Central Coast Red

Gold 95
Peachy Canyon Winery
2011 Paso Robles
Zinfandel
Westside

Best of South-Central Coast White
Double Gold 98
Carol Shelton Wines
2012 Paso Robles
Coquille Blanc

Best of South Coast Red
Double Gold 98
Fazeli Cellars
2010 Temecula Valley
Phel Phel

Best of South Coast White
Gold 95
South Coast Winery
2013 Temecula Valley
Gewürztraminer
Carter Estate Vineyards

Best of Sierra Foothills Red
Gold 95
Moonstone Crossing
2009 Amador County
Wish Upon A Star
John Bree Vineyards

Best of Sierra Foothills White
Gold 95
Lava Cap Winery
2013 El Dorado
Sauvignon Blanc

Best of Lodi Red
Gold 95
Michael David Inkblot
2012 Lodi
Cabernet Franc

Best of Lodi White
Gold 95
Wise Villa Winery
2013 Alta Mesa
Torrontes

Best of Other California Red
Gold 95
Jeff Runquist Wines
2012 Stanislaus Ranch
Petit Verdot
Damir Ranch

Best of Other California White
Gold 96
Matchbook
2012 Dunnigan Hills
Old Head Chardonnay

Best of California State Red
Gold 95
Moonstone Crossing
2009 California
Midnight Caress

Best of California State White
Gold 96
Fetzer Vineyards
2012 California
Shaly Loam Gewürztraminer

 

Best Of California Wines

Best Barbera
Double Gold 98
Boeger Winery
2011 Barbera Estate Bottled El Dorado County

Best Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend
Double Gold 98
Hawley Winery
2010 Meritage Hawley Vineyard
Estate Grown Dry Creek Valley

Best Cabernet Franc
Double Gold 98
Alexander Valley Vineyards
2012 Cabernet Franc Alexander Valley

Best Cabernet Sauvignon
Double Gold 98
B.R. Cohn Winery
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma Valley
Olive Hill Estate Vineyards

Double Gold 98
Sterling Vineyards
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Platinum

Best Chardommay
Double Gold 98
Grayson Cellars
2012 Lot 11 Chardonnay California

Best Gewürztraminer
Double Gold 98
Navarro Vineyards
2013 Gewürztraminer Anderson Valley
Late Harvest

Best Malbec
Gold 97
Martin Ranch Winery
2011 Thérèse Vineyards Malbec
Santa Clara Valley Dos Niñas Vineyard

Best Merlot
Double Gold 98
Angeline
2012 Merlot Reserve Sonoma County

Best Other Red Varietal Blend
Double Gold 98
Vina Castellano
2009 Abuelito Placer County

Best Other Red Varietal
Gold 95
Helwig Vineyards & Winery
2013 Grenache Frenchmen’s Creek
Shenandoah Valley, Amador County

Best Other White Varietal
Double Gold 98
Zocker Winery
2012 Grüner Veltliner Paragon Vineyard Edna Valley

Best Petite Sirah
Double Gold 98
Michael David Earthquake
2012 Petite Sirah Lodi

Best Pinot Gris
Double Gold 98
MacMurray Ranch
2013 Pinot Gris Estate Vineyard
Russian River Valley

Best Pinot Noir
Double Gold 98
J. Lohr Estates
2012 Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir
Monterey County

Best Red Generic Blend
Double Gold 98
Graveyard Vineyards
NV Paso Tombstone Red Paso Robles

Best Rhone Red Varietal Blend
Double Gold 98
Fazeli Cellars
2010 Phel Phel Temecula Valley

Best Riesling
Double Gold 98
State of Art
2011 Riesling Arroyo Seco
Mission Ranch Vineyard

Best Sangiovese
Double Gold 98
Peacock Cellars
2012 Sangiovese Paso Robles

Best Sauvignon Blanc
Double Gold 98
Burnside Road
2013 Sauvignon Blanc
Dry Creek Valley

Best Syrah
Double Gold 98
Cairdean Vineyards
2011 Syrah Atlas Peak

Best Tempranillo
Gold 96
Castoro Cellars
2012 Tempranillo Estate Grown Reserve
Whale Rock Vineyard Paso Robles

Best Zinfandel
Double Gold 98
Steele Wines
2011 Old Vine Zinfandel
Pacini Vineyard Mendocino County

Best Viognier
Double Gold 98
Gold Hill Vineyard
2012 Viognier El Dorado

 

County gold winners

El Dorado County wineries bringing home the gold are: Crystal Basin Cellars, 2011 Renegade Red, Best of Class of region; Lava Cap Winery, 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Best of Region — White, Best of Class of Region; Nello Olivo, 2010 Barbera; Oakstone, 2012 40 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 40 percent Merlot, 20 percent Cabernet Franc, Best of Class of Region; Shadow Ranch Vineyard, 2012 Zinfandel; Shadow Ranch Vineyard, NV Red Generic, Sheriff; Sierra Vista Vineyards and Winery, 2009 Syrah, Red Rock Ridge; Toogood Winery, 2011 Syrah, Herbert Vineyard; Ursa Vineyards, 2010 50 percent Syrah, 50 percent Petite Sirah, Best of Class of Region; and Windwalker Vineyard and Winery, 2011 Cabernet Franc, Best of Class of Region.

 

County silver and bronze winners

El Dorado County wineries winning silver and bronze medals: Altiude 2401 Perry Creek Winery, Auriga Wine Cellars, Boeger Winery, Crystal Basin Cellars, C. G. Di Arie, Gold Hill Vineyard, Hart 2 Hart, Illuminare Estate, Lava Cap Winery, Mais Fica, Mt. Aukum Winery, Nello Olivo, Oakstone Winery, Obscurity Cellars, Perry Creek Winery, Shadow Ranch Vineyard, Sierra Vista Vineyards and Winery, Toogood Winery, Ursa Vineyards and Windwalker Vineyard and Winery.

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 through July 27.

A complete listing of award-winning wines can be found at castatefair.org.

For more than 160 years, the California State Fair has showcased the best of California. The California State Fair is at Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd. in Sacramento.

Tickets to the State Fair are $12 for adults, $8 for children and $10 for seniors.

Information on tickets and special packages is available at castatefair.org or by calling 916-263-FAIR (3247).

Democrat Staff

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