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Winners of Central Coast Wine Competition announced 

Central Coast Wine CompetitionThe California Mid-State Fair recently announced the winners of the eleventh annual Central Coast Wine Competition, held June 11-12. The competition featured the best the central coast has to offer in wines in the largest evaluation of wines grown in the central coast region.

This year’s competition consisted of over 600 entries from 135 wineries throughout California. “Wine competitions serve several functions, not the least of which is to provide consumers and the trade with a frame of reference to measure overall a region’s development and trends. The Central Coast Wine Competition met that standard by showing just how well San Luis Obispo County can do by white wines as well as red,” stated judge Mike Dunne.

“The overall best-of-show wine at this June’s Central Coast Wine Competition, for example, was the lean and electric Mariposa 2013 Edna Valley Albarino, which beat out the spirited and graceful San Simeon 2010 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon.”

Award winning entries will be showcased in four California fairs, offering a venue for fairgoers to experience captivating wines from the central coast. Gold medal wine will be displayed first at the Santa Barbara County Fair July 9–13 in Santa Maria, followed by the California Mid-State Fair running July 16–27 in Paso Robles, Ventura County Fair July 30 to September 1 in Ventura, and lastly Monterey County Fair in Monterey.

Best of Show, Best White Wine, Best Albarino
CRU Wine Company 2013 Edna Valley Albarino, Mariposa, CA

Best Red
San Antonio Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, CA

Best Dessert, Best of Fortified Desserts
PasoPort 2009 Blend, Templeton, CA

Best of Merlot
Ancient Peaks Winery 2012 Merlot, Santa Margarita, CA

Best of Grenache
Austin Hope 2011 Grenache, Paso Robles, CA

Best of Bordeaux Blends (Meritage)
B&E Vineyard 2009 Bordeaux, Paso Robles, CA

Best of Any Other Red Blend
Bodegas Paso Robles 2009 Blend, Paso Robles, CA

Best of Pink-Best Pink
Bushong 2013 Pink Blend, Paso Robles, CA

Best of Tempranillo
Castoro Cellars 2012 Tempranillo, Templeton, CA

Best of Gewurztraminer
Claiborne & Churchill Vintners 2013 Gewurtraminer, San Luis Obispo, CA

Best of Albarino-Best White-BoS
CRU Wine Company 2013 Albarino, Mariposa, CA

Best of Cab Sauv -2011
DAOU Vineyards 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, CA

Best of Cab Sauv-2012 & 2013
Edna Valley 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, San Luis Obispo, CA

Best of Syrah
Halter Ranch Vineyard 2011 Syrah, Paso Robles, CA

Best of Cabernet Franc
Hearst Ranch Winery 2010 Cabernet Franc, Paso Robles, CA

Best of Viognier
Kelsey Wine 2013 Viognier, San Luis Obispo, CA

Best of Other White Wines-Off Dry
Kelsey Wine 2013 Orange Muscat, San Luis Obispo, CA

Best of Dessert Whites
Kelsey Wine 2013 Orange Muscat, San Luis Obispo, CA

Best of Other White Wines-Dry
Kenneth Volk Vineyards 2013 Malvasia Bianca, Paso Robles, CA

Best of Any Other Red Varietals
Michael Gill Cellars 2013 Counoise, Paso Robles, CA

Best of Zinfandel-2011 & Earlier
Midnight Cellars Winery 2010 Zinfandel, Paso Robles, CA

Best of Sauvignon Blanc
Niner Wine Estates 2013 Savignon Blanc, Paso Robles, CA

Best of Fortified Desserts-Best Dessert
PasoPort 2009 Blend, Templeton, CA

Best of Pinot Noir
Peacock Cellars 2012 Pinot Noir, Paso Robles, CA

Best of Sangiovese
Peacock Cellars 2012 Sangiovese, Paso Robles, CA

Best of Other White Rhones
Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery 2013 White Rhone, Templeton, CA

Best of Roussanne
Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery 2013 Roussane, Templeton, CA

Best of Pinot Gris/Grigio
Quail Crossing Vineyard 2013 Pinot Gris, Santa Ynez, Ca

Best of Grenache Blanc
Ranchero Cellars 2013 Grenache Blanc, Paso Robles, CA

Best of Cabernet Based Blends
Rangeland Wines 2012 Cabernet Blend, Paso Robles, CA

Best of Petite Sirah
Red Soles Winery 2012 Petite Sirah, Paso Robles, CA

Best of Chardonnay
Robert Hall 2013 Chardonnay, Paso Robles, CA

Best of Zinfandel-2012
San Antonio Winery 2012 Zinfandel, Paso Robles, CA

Best of Cab Sauv-Prior to ’11 & NV-Best Red
San Antonio Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, CA

Best of Malbec
San Antonio Winery 2010 Malbec, Paso Robles, CA

Best of Other Italian Style Blends
Sculpterra Winery 2011 Red Blend, Paso Robles, CA

Best of Grenache Blanc
SummerWood Winery 2013 Grenache Blanc, Paso Robles, CA

Best of Other Rhone Style Blends
Troublemaker Blend, Paso Robles, CA

Best of Riesling-Dry
Wolff Vineyards 2012 Riesling, San Luis Obispo, CA

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