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Via Press Release
06/27/2014 8:22 AM

The California State Fair announced the top wine awards from its Commercial Wine Competition on the State Capitol steps Tuesday morning. Along with recognizing the Best of Show wines, the Best of Show cheese producer, Bleating Heart Cheese, was also recognized.

This year’s wine competition consisted of 2,829 wine entries received from 746 participating winery brands. Seventy-four judges on 18 panels awarded 2,068 medals, including 52 Double Gold, 217 Gold, 1,085 Silver and 714 Bronze.

Awards were presented by Jim Houston, deputy secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture, Paul Martin, deputy director, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, Rick K. Pickering, chief executive officer, California Exposition & State Fair Sonney Chong, board chair, California Exposition & State Fair and Rick Kushman and Mike Dunne, California State Fair chief wine judges. Also in attendance were representatives from the award-winning wineries and cheese producers.

“We are excited to see this esteemed competition continue to grow with more than 200 additional entries from last year and overwhelming support by the wine industry,” said Pickering. “It’s another example of how the State Fair continues to honor the best of California.”

The first State Fair Wine Competition was held in 1855. The competition is the oldest and one of the most prestigious wine events in the country. Top wines including Best of Region and Best of California winners will be featured at the State Fair in the Save Mart Supermarkets Wine Garden for visitors to enjoy, July 11 through 27.

A complete listing of award-winning wines and cheeses can be found at

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