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The 42nd Annual OC Fair Commercial Wine Competition was held June 2nd and 3rd, 2018. This competition is the largest and most comprehensive judging of California wines in the world. All wines were judged by professional wine makers and/or winery principals.
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This is no small achievement. The Press Democrat’s competition has the honor and distinction of recognizing the best wines produced from California’s prestigious North Coast wine region. This contest drew top-level wines and hand-picked top-notch judges to create a sophisticated and enthusiastic wine experience that is considered second to none. Wines judged here were considered to be a cut above the rest – simply put, the Best of the Best. A standing of this caliber truly showcases the level of wines produced in Northern California.
Wines were judged from a field of 1,117 entries. Only wines rating 90+ points were awarded gold medals and were eligible to move on to the “Best Of” Category.
Miro Cellars 2012 Petite Sirah, Dry Creek Valley, takes Best of Show
Santa Rosa, Calif. – Vineyard & Winery Management’s 24th Annual Grand Harvest Awards has revealed the results of this year’s competition. From a pool of nearly 1100 entries, awards included 82 Best of Class, 39 Double Gold, 161 Gold, and 450 Silver medals.
Established in 1990, GHA seeks to uncover the distinctions of terroir by grouping wines for evaluation by appellation and variety. Wines are judged in the context of their viticultural regions in order to recognize the complexities and nuances of regional wines, and also to observe the influence of regional soil and climate characteristics on the taste and quality of individual wines.
The following wines took best their categories: Best of Show and Best Red Wine: Miro Cellars, 2012 Petite Sirah, Dry Creek Valley
From the Monte Lago Vineyard in Lake County’s High Valley AVA, this blend of 68% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre and 12% Syrah is dark and brooding, offering dusty tannins around roasted plum and strawberry notes. Soft and intense, with bright acidity, a taste of licorice lurks up to the leathery, espresso-laden finish. —V.B.