Sacramento-area wineries earn top honors in 2015 State Fair wine competition

California State Fair Commerical Wine Competition is the oldest wine competition in the country.
California State Fair Commerical Wine Competition is the oldest wine competition in the country. Lezlie Sterling

Top awards for the 2015 California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition were announced today, and many Sacramento-area wineries are basking in first-place glory.

That would include Sean Minor Four Bears of Sacramento, which took home honors for the state’s best chardonnay, and Lewis Grace of El Dorado County, which won best of show red for its 2012 tempranillo.

Out of the 2,881 participating wine entries from 743 winery brands, Sacramento-area wineries took home wins for best zinfandel, best cabernet sauvignon and best traditional vintage port, just to name a few. Deciding the winners were 72 judges on 18 panels. Each varietal was scored on a 100-point scale, with double gold receiving 98 to 99 points, and gold receiving 94 to 97 points.

Top wines can be enjoyed at the Save Mart Supermarkets Wine Garden at the State Fair, which runs July 10-26.

Below are a list of gold and double gold winners from the Sacramento area (not including best of region). For more information on the award-winning wines, check out our database.

Best of Show Red

Double Gold 98

Lewis Grace

2012 Tempranillo

El Dorado

Best of Show White

Double Gold 98

Oak Farm Vineyards

2014 Albarino


Best of Show Pink

Double Gold 98

Gold Hill Vineyard

2014 Barbera Rosé

El Dorado

Best Value

Double Gold 98

Torn Winery

2013 Zinfandel


Best Microwinery Other

Double Gold 98

Red Bucket Wine

2012 Barbera Rosé

El Dorado County

Best Cabernet Franc

Gold 95

Michael David Inkblot

2013 Cabernet Franc Lodi

Best Cabernet Sauvignon

Double Gold 98

Lewis Grace

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate El Dorado

Best Chardonnay

Double Gold 98

Sean Minor Four Bears

2013 Chardonnay Central Coast

Best Italian Red Varietal Blend

Gold 94

Nello Olivo

2012 Toscanello El Dorado County

Best Other Red Varietal

Double Gold 98

Bokisch Vineyards

2012 Graciano Lodi

Best Red Generic

Double Gold 98

Zucca Mountain Vineyards

2013 Sorprendere Sierra Foothills

Best Tempranillo

Double Gold 98

Fenestra Winery

2010 Tempranillo Lodi

Best Traditional Vintage Port

Double Gold 98

St. Amant Winery

2013 Bootleg Port Amador County

Best Zinfandel

Double Gold 98

Tom Winery

2013 Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi

Jennifer Crane: @jenn_crane

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