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PETE BACCO, right and Lou Bacco serve wine to the panel of judges for the final competition in the red division. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

Prospecting

Winning wines bring home gold

By From page B1 | May 24, 2013

Thirty-four wine judges convened at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville to look, swirl, taste and select the best wines entered in the 25th El Dorado County Fair Commercial Wine Competition presented by the Mountain Democrat.
After a full-day of judging on Friday, May 17, the verdicts were revealed at an evening ceremony hosted by the El Dorado County Fair Board of Directors.
Jody Gray, chief executive officer of the El Dorado County Fair, welcomed the participating wineries, judges and volunteers to the reception and then turned the microphone over to Richard Esposito, publisher of the Mountain Democrat, to announce the winners.
Esposito noted that his personal wine expertise related back to growing up in New York and enjoying chianti with everything from spaghetti to fish, and maybe even dessert. He acknowledged the judges and praised their herculean efforts in judging the 414 entries from 64 wineries.

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