­ The Central Coast Wine Competition has announced that the Contra Costa Fair will be joining the family of California fairs that encompass the competition.  “We are thrilled to add one more location for the award winning wines to be displayed, noted Chief Judge Bob Foster.  “Contra Costa County winemakers are making some superb wines from the grapes grown in the region. Our panel of judges are anxious to evaluate wines from another segment of the Central Coast AVA.”

The Central Coast Wine Competition is the largest evaluation event for wines produced exclusively on California’s Central Coast and is hosted by five Central Coast fairs: the California Mid-State Fair, Santa Barbara County Fair, Monterey County Fair, Ventura County Fair, San Benito County Fair and the Grand National in San Francisco. With the addition of Contra Costa County, the region of grape growing will expand slightly outside the Central Coast AVA to include all parts of the county.

“Fairs were built on the foundation of agriculture and education”, stated Robert Williamson, CEO Contra Costa County Fair.  “We are excited to add this key agriculture component to our fair program and hope to expand the locally grown awareness of our area.”

The 2013 competition features an internationally renowned panel of judges including wine writers, winemakers, sommeliers and wine buyers. New this year all Gold Medal wines will receive a point score, as well as, the medal award.  The competition staff strongly encourages 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.

For a complete list of judges, further information regarding the competition and to submit online entries, please refer to the competition’s blog at www.centralcoastwinecomp.com. Entries will be accepted through May 24, 2013.

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