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Central Coast Wine Competition accepting entries 

Wine CompetitionThe Central Coast Wine Competition announced today it is now accepting entries for the 2014 competition, which will take place June 11-12, 2014.

The competition organizers ask wineries to take advantage of the opportunity to enter the competition online at http://cmsfw.fairmanager.com/. The entry book, which details the entry classes and guidelines, can be found at the California Mid-State Fair webpage or the CCWC blog at http://centralcoastwinecomp.com.

The Central Coast Wine Competition is the largest evaluation event for wines produced exclusively on California’s Central Coast and is hosted by six Central Coast fairs: the California Mid-State Fair, Contra Costa County Fair, Monterey County Fair, San Benito County Fair, Santa Barbara County Fair and the Ventura County Fair. The 2014 competition features an internationally renowned panel of judges including wine writers, winemakers, sommeliers and wine buyers.

New for 2014… the Central Coast Vinegar Competition. We’ll be accepting vinegars from anywhere in California! Feel free to spread the word to vinegar producers outside of the Central Coast! It will take place the same day as the Central Coast Wine Competition and hosted at the Paso Robles Event Center.

“Our primary goal is to increase marketing exposure and help the wineries promote their product”, noted Chief Judge Bob Foster.

Marketing opportunities include participation in the Gold Medal Wine Tour, a promotional tool developed as part of a sponsorship with PRP Companies. Started in 2012, the Gold Medal Wine Tour directed visitors to the winning winery tasting rooms with the opportunity to earn free admission to the fair. “The innovative approach we took using QR codes for off-site ticket promotions, earned the California Mid-State Fair top awards in the fair industry”, stated Vivian Robertson, fair CEO. “The team at PRP Companies was instrumental in helping us achieve this marketing endeavor. We are currently working with them to expand this successful program in 2014.”

For a complete list of judges, further information regarding the CCWC or CCVC and to submit online entries, please refer to the competition’s blog at www.centralcoastwinecomp.com. Entries will be accepted through May 23, 2014.

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