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.
Sacbee.com'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.