The California State Fair recently honored the best winemakers, vineyards and wineries in the state at the 14th annual California’s Grape & Gourmet, the state’s premier California wine event.
The California’s Grape & Gourmet was created to celebrate and acknowledge excellence in the California wine industry as determined by the 2009 State Fair Commercial Wine Competition, the oldest and most prestigiously judged wine competition in North America.
A VIP awards ceremony was held at the Grape & Gourmet event to honor top winners from the wine competition, including dozens of wineries and industry leaders. Specialty awards include the Wine Lifetime Achievement Awards, the Winery of the Year, the Vineyard of the Year and the Best of Show Wines.
At this year’s competition, more than 2,600 wine entries were received from more than 600 participating wineries. Sixty-eight professional wine judges awarded 1,895 medals, including 43 Double Gold, 220 Gold, 1,028 Silver and 604 Bronze awards. The judges conferred on Bloomfield Vineyards the Best of Greater Bay White, Double Gold, 98 points, for its 2008 Contra Costa County Viognier; Best Cabernet Sauvignon, Gold, 95 points, for its 2007 San Francisco Bay Cabernet Sauvignon; and Best Viognier, Double Gold, 98 points, for its 2008 Contra Costa County Viognier.
All award-winners and complete results of the 2009 California State Fair commercial Wine Competition are available online at www.thebestcaliforniawine.com. Results will also be available in the 2009 edition of California Wine, the State Fair’s annual wine publication. Copies of the magazine will be available at the California State Fair Wine Garden, or can be ordered from the State Fair’s Wine competition Web site, www.thebestcaliforniawine.com. The 2009 California State Fair will be held from Aug. 21 to Sept. 7 at Cal Expo in Sacramento.