Sacramento region wineries including Michael-David, Boeger and Dancing Coyote emerged among the state's best, as "best of show" winners from the California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition were announced this morning at the State Capitol. These winners marked the best wines in a field of 2,625 samples that were judged June 5-7 at Cal Expo.
Boeger Winery and Windwalker Winery of El Dorado County tied for the best sangiovese in California, while a gruner veltliner from Clarksburg's Dancing Coyote topped the category of "other white varietal." Michael-David of Lodi was named best in California for "other red varietals" with its 2010 tannat, a red grape generally associated with Uruguay and southwestern France.
Macchia Winery of Lodi scored the top zinfandel in California with its "Adventurous" wine made from Amador County grapes. Crystal Basin Cellars of El Dorado County scored for the state's best syrah.
South Coast Winery of Temecula earned "Golden State Winery of the Year" honors, the competition's top award for a single winery. Along with this title, South Coast Winery earned 23 medals at this year's State Fair wine competition.
Perhaps the most surprising winner was a non-vintage sparkling wine from Korbel winning best of show for white wines. This champagne-styled wine made predominantly from pinot noir grapes only costs $11. The overall "best value" wine was awarded to a non-vintage moscato from Barefoot Cellars which costs $6.99.
Best of show red went to a 2010 cabernet franc from Imagery Estate Winery, and best of show dessert wine was nabbed by Navarro Vineyards.
For a searchable database of State Fair medalists, visit www.sacbee.com.