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Sutter Home White Zinfandel among gold medalists at State Fair wine competition

Published: Wednesday, Jun. 18, 2014 - 1:56 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jul. 8, 2014 - 4:43 pm

The California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition was held from June 4 through June 6, and now we know who earned medals in what’s billed as the country’s oldest wine competition. The gold medalists include a brand that’s often used as a punchline in the world of wine: Sutter Home White Zinfandel, an off-dry pink wine that costs $6.

Note that Mike Dunne, a co-chief judge for the California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition, penned this recent story in The Bee about the resurgence of white zinfandel.

Back to the gold medalists, many of them are familiar to supermarket shoppers: Gnarly Head 2012 Merlot, Smoking Loon 2012 Dry White Generic, Mirassou Sun 2012 Pinot Noir, Beaulieu Vineyard 2012 Merlot.

Closer to Sacramento, Bogle Vineyards of Clarksburg earned a gold medal for its 2012 Chardonnay.'s searchable database of State Fair wine winners is updated with the 2014 results.

Editor's note: This post was updated July 8, 2014, to add information about the database.

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Chris Macias has served as The Sacramento Bee's Food & Wine writer since 2008. His writing adventures have ranged from the kitchen at French Laundry to helping pick 10 tons of zinfandel grapes with migrant farm workers in Lodi. Chris also judges regularly at food, wine and cocktail competitions around Northern California. His profile of a former gangbanger-turned-pastry-chef was included in Da Capo's "Best Food Writing 2012."

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Allen Pierleoni writes about casual lunchtime restaurants in The Sacramento Bee's weekly "Counter Culture" column. He covers a broad range of topics, including food, travel, books and authors. In addition to writing the weekly column "Between the Lines," he oversees the Sacramento Bee Book Club, in which well-known authors give free presentations to the public.

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