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Our database shows California State Fair wine winners, and locals did well

The Sacramento region was well represented among wineries and wines that found favor with judges during the 2017 California State Fair Wine Competition.
The Sacramento region was well represented among wineries and wines that found favor with judges during the 2017 California State Fair Wine Competition. Sacramento Bee file

The winners of the 2017 California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition are now revealed, and some wineries from the greater Sacramento area can toast to their success.

Clarksburg’s Rendez-Vous Winery earned Best of Show white for its 2016 viognier, a top winner that retails for just $19 a bottle.

Sean Minor, a Sacramento-based winery that sources its grapes from around Northern California, nabbed 98 points from judges and Best of North Coast Red for its 2014 North Coast Nicole Marie. The red wine is a blend of merlot, petite sirah and other varietals. Bogle Vineyards of Clarksburg meanwhile earned Best of California State Red for its 2014 California Essential Red Blend.

Several other wines from nearby producers fared well, earning double-gold. They include: Harlow Ridge (Lodi) 2014 chardonnay; Rempfer Cellars (Lodi) 2014 petite sirah; Convergence Vineyards (El Dorado County) 2015 tempranillo; Carol Shelton Wines (Placer County) 2015 Wild Thing viognier; Andis Wines (Amador County) 2013 Painted Fields red; Bella Grace (Shenandoah Valley) 2016 vermentino; and Black Sheep Winery (Amador County) 2013 shiraz.

A fair news release stated that judges tasted 2,663 wines from 711 California wineries entered in the 2017 competition. They awarded 137 double-gold medals – the competition’s highest ranking – 295 gold medals and 1,051 silver medals. The designations came from judges’ evaluation of class, varietal, style and region where the grape was sourced.

So what were the other winning wines, and the best bottles for the buck? Search this database of winners from the 2017 California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition:

Brian Blomster contributed to this report.

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