Dating back to 1854, the California State Fair Wine Competition is America’s oldest and most prestigious wine event. Only wines made with fruit grown in California may be judged in the competition. Wines are evaluated by class, varietal, style and region based upon the source of the grapes.
55 judges had three days to taste 2,8oo+ wines from more than 750 California wineries.
When all was said and done…or should I say swirled, sniffed, and sipped, 115 Double Golds and 230 Golds were awarded to wineries of every size throughout our beautiful Golden State.
We are new fans of St Amant Winery. On our first visit back in February, we were quick to gravitate to their Tempranillo and Old Vine Zinfandel. I am also a big fan of Viognier and am always on the search for my favorite. My husband introduced me to J. Lohr Vineyards while on a visit to Paso Robles a few years ago. I have always liked their Chardonnay and was pleased that their Viognier hit the top of my list! Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyards…what can I say about this beauty of a Sparkling Wine that began gracing our family’s tables since the late 80’s. Coming from a French family where Champagne is is “The Queen”… Gloria Ferrer Sparkling Wine has delighted our family’s taste buds. No Champagne snobbery here!
Cheers to all the winners! We are so proud to be Californian!
To view a complete list of California award-winning wines click here.