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Cypher Winery brings home medals from OC Fair Wine Competition 

SAM Mahler Featured Winemaker OC Fair

Susan “Sam” Mahler pours tastes for attendees.

Winery awarded double gold, three gold, and two silver awards for six wines submitted

– Earlier this summer, the Orange County Wine Society (OCWS), in partnership with the OC Fair, awarded Cypher Winery six medals in the 2022 OC Fair Commercial Wine Competition. One of only eight Paso Robles wineries to receive a double gold, Cypher won a double-gold medal for the 2017 Phoenix, Gold Medals for 2017 Fifth Element, 2017 Slayer, and 2018 ZinPunk, and Silver Medals for 2017 Theory Z and 2017 Theory Z.

“Winning medals for all six wines submitted to the competition validates what we consistently hear from our customers and club members – Cypher wines are some of the finest in Paso Robles, and the entire lineup is consistently great!” Cypher proprietor and winemaker Susan “SAM” Mahler said.  “My goal has been to create exceptional wines that reveal complexity and elegance and take people on a creative exploration of winemaking and blending.”OC Fair Wine Awards

As a featured winemaker, Mahler poured her award-winning wines at the OC Fair Courtyard on Sunday, July 24, with the support of volunteers from the OCWS. Funds raised benefit the OCWS Scholarship program that has funded $706,681 to 8 California Colleges and Universities for viticulture and culinary arts students.

The largest competition of California-only wine, the 46th annual competition received 2,516 entries with just 65 Double Gold medals awarded. Double-blind judging by commercial winery owners and winemakers gives the competition a unique and authentic award selection process.

A founder of Four Vines Winery, Mahler co-founded Cypher in 2010 and took sole ownership in 2018. Originally located on Highway 46W in Paso Robles, Mahler relocated the tasting lounge to the Historic Train Depot in Downtown Paso Robles, three blocks south of the town square.

In addition to Cypher’s wine awards, the Cypher Anime Series labels ZinPunk, Slayer, and Theory Z won a Bronze Award from the OC Fair in the Thematic category.

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