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California State Fair Honors the Best

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Pooch State Fair Award PicmonkeyPooch (center) receives Lifetime Achievement Award


TASTE News Service July 2, 2016 – Friends of the California State Fair have presented their Lifetime Achievement Award to long-time wine consultant G.M. “Pooch” Pucilowski.

The organization also recognized a legendary Amador County property as Vineyard of the Year.

Wine Lifetime Achievement Award - G.M. “Pooch” Pucilowski

A nationally-known wine educator and consultant, Pucilowski has devoted more than 30 years to the pursuit of educating consumers and trade members alike in all aspects of the wine industry. He has served as Chief Judge and Consultant to the California State Fair’s annual Commercial Wine Competition and has judged several of the most prestigious wine competitions throughout the country. He is widely regarded as a wine industry expert and has given lectures and seminars on the subject throughout North America. He is also President/Owner of the University of Wine, in which capacity he has trained restauranteurs, wholesalers/distributors, retailers, and winery personnel.

Vineyard of the Year Award- Vineyard 1869/Original Grandpere

Located in Amador County, Vineyard 1869/Original Grandpere is the oldest Zinfandel vineyard in America, as documented in a deed from a U.S. Geological Survey dated in 1869. Initially planted from hardy stock, its ancient vines survived catastrophe inflicted by both man and nature over the course of the ensuing 140+ years. Purchased in 1984 by Scott and Terri Harvey, the vines have been lovingly coaxed back into producing small yields of elegant, complex, first-growth Zinfandel by Scott, a highly regarded California winemaker who was trained in Germany.

About the California State Fair

For more than 160 years, the California State Fair has showcased the best of the Golden State. The 2016 California State Fair will take place July 8-24 at Cal Expo in Sacramento.

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