The 2017 Central Coast Wine Competition Unveils Winners!

After judges sampled nearly 700 different wines, the Central Coast Wine Competition is proud to announce the award winners from its 15th annual event, held June 21-22 at the California Mid-State Fair.

Best in Show went to Broken Earth Winery’s 2015 Grenache. Broken Earth’s win marks the second year in a row the top wine included Paso Robles Rhône grape. Last year’s winner was a Grenache-based blend from San Marcos Creek Winery.

The Best White Wine was awarded to Eberle Winery’s 2016 Muscat Canelli from Paso Robles.

Best Pink Wine went to the Santa Ynez Valley-based Kitá Wines 2016 Grenache Rosé. =

Best Sparkling Wine was awarded to Laetitia Vineyard & Winery’s 2014 Brut Cuvée from Arroyo Grande.

Best Dessert Wine was awarded to Glunz Family Winery’s Mission Angelica.

This round of winners is only phase one of awards. Awards for Winery of the Year, Winemaker of the Year, Wine Grower of the Year, and Wine Industry Person of the Year will be announced at the 2017 California Mid-State Fair Wine Industry Awards, July 21. Taking place during the annual Mid-State Fair (July 19-30), this public event allows fairgoers to sample this year’s 140 Gold Medal-winning wines. More information about the event can be found by visiting, midstatefair.com.

The complete list of Gold, Silver and Bronze medals, as well Best In Class winners, is available on CentralCoastWineComp.com.

Of the nearly 700 category entries, 140 Gold Medals were awarded to wineries in the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura.

“I think we saw the best entries to date, and it’s only going to get better every year here at the California Mid-State Fair,” said returning Chief Judge, Tim McDonald, president of Wine Spoken Here.

The judging took place at Estrella Hall at the California Mid-State Fair over two days. On the first day, the 19 judges blind tasted through nearly 700 wines, rating and then voting on which should be awarded a Gold Medal and Best in Class honor. The following day, the 67 Best in Class wines were blind tasted and awarded best Red, White, Rosé, Sparkling and Dessert.

The 19 judges this year included Matt Kettmann of Wine Enthusiast magazine, Mary Orlin of the San Jose Mercury News, author Patrick Comiskey, of Wine & Spirits, and Jim Blumling, group vice president of wine, beer & spirits at Albertsons/Safeway. For a complete list of judges, please visit CentralCoastWineComp.com.

The judges agreed the 2017 entries further prove the Central Coast has rightfully earned its place among the best wine regions on the planet.

 “The fact is, some of the best wines in the world are being made right here in the Central Coast – from Monterey to Ventura,” said said Mid-State Fair CEO Michael Bradley. “And CCWC is the ideal way to highlight, celebrate and experience these world-class wines that are being crafted by our neighbors.”