Judges at the California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition had huge amounts of wine to consider last week - nearly 2,900 wines from 688 producers. The judging alone took three days, and now the results are in. More than 2,100 medals were given, including 74 double gold, 268 gold, 1,195 silver and 734 bronze.
Check this searchable database of winners from the California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition. This link can come in handy next time you're about to do some wine shopping and want to scoop up some choice bottles.
Here are some of the top winners:
Golden State Winery of the Year
Chacewater Wine Company
Best of Show - Red
Hearst Ranch Winery
2009 Three Sisters CuvÃ©e
Best of Show - White
Kenneth Volk Vineyards
Best of Show - Dessert
R. A. Harrison Family Cellars
Oak Grove Winery
You can taste the big winners for yourself on Aug. 18 at California's Grape & Gourmet. This food-and-wine fiesta will be held at Cal Expo's Buildings A & B, from 3 to 6 p.m. For more information: www.bigfun.org or call (916) 263-3636.