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Montgomery "Monty" Paulsen of Pat Paulsen Vineyards was one of the California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition judges Montgomery "Monty" Paulsen of Pat Paulsen Vineyards was one of the California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition judges

TASTE News Service, April 11, 2018 – The California State Fair's Commercial Wine competition is the oldest such judging in the country and winning top honors is quite an achievement.

Mark Chandler CA State Fair Judge PicmonkeyChief Judge Mark Chandler

This year, 2,705 California wines from 691 wine companies were judged over three days. Among the judges are 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

Amador County

 

Best of Show White: Double Gold 99

Picchetti Winery

2017 Sauvignon Blanc

Cedar Lane Vineyard

Arroyo Seco

 

Best of Show Sparkling: Double Gold 99

Gwinllan Estate

2016, Pinot Noir Rose, Brut Sparkling Wine

El Dorado

 

Best of Show Pink: Double Gold 99

Malene

2017 Rosé

Santa Barbara County

 

Best of Show Dessert: Double Gold 98

Stephen & Walker

2012 Botrytis Chardonnay, Late Harvest

Mendocino Ridge

 

In addition to naming the winning wines from the recent judging, the 2018 California State Fair announced the following special awards:

 

Golden State Winery of the Year

Imagery Estate Winery

 

Golden State Vineyard of the Year Award

Paraiso Springs Vineyard

 

Wine Lifetime Achievement Awards

Greg Boeger

The Bogle Family

 

California All Stars Awards

Ken Fugelsang

Dennis Martin

 

A searchable list of the 2018 CA State Fair Commercial Wine Competition winners can be found here. http://www.castatefair.org/california-commercial-wine-competition-results-18/

The Best of Show commercial wine competition winners will be acknowledged the morning of Thursday, 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

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