Promote your Wines at the Unique and Affordable

by Placerville Newswire / Jan 18, 2018 / comments


30th Annual El Dorado County Fair Open Wine Competition!

The 2018 El Dorado County Fair Open Wine Competition is just around the  corner! We invite you to enter your wines to be judged by thirty prestigious  experts from across the country within the media, trade hospitality, education and winemaking industries. This event is a wonderful way to get your wines noticed! 

Each panel consists of a judge from each industry: Educator (winemaker,  enologist, professor – Looking for wine without flaws), Media (print, blogs, radio, TV – I want to talk about this wine), Wine Sales (Restaurant, Retail, etc. – I want to sell this wine). The judges keep their individual score sheets with their notes and receive the results the next day, so they can link their notes to the wines they love and wish to purchase or praise. 
Back Room Gold Awards are also unique to this competition. The 30+  back room staff who pour for the judges choose their favorite Red, White or Zinfandel in a blind tasting—your typical customers—which makes this, in effect, a People’s Choice Award. 

“Our wine competition is probably the least expensive competition around;  we strive to keep the cost low, so that wineries can make entering an easy  choice. Our goal is to promote your wine.” — Jody Gray, CEO
Judges will award Double Gold, Gold, Silver, Bronze, as well as
Special Awards:

  • Golden Johnny Trophies for the Best of Show red, white and sweet
  • Best of Class Awards
  • Best Rhone Award
  • Best Barbera Award
  • Best Earth Friendly Award
  • Frank Herbert Memorial Award
  • El Dorado Wine Grape Growers Award
  • Winemaking Awards: Best of El Dorado, Best of Amador, Best of Placer, Best of Lodi
  • Back Room Gold for Best Zinfandel, red and white – a true "People's Choice" Award


Check out our Wine Competition page for information and rules. 

Be sure to join our Facebook event to keep up with any new info.

Enter our Wine Label competition!  See the Entry Guide page for rules and entry form.

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