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Best wines and winery in California in 2016

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

wines redwhiteThe results from the nation's oldest and most prestigious wine competition were announced. Records were broken this year at the California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition as South Coast Winery was the first and only winery in the competition's history to be presented with a four-time championship, naming it the 2016 California Golden State Winery of the Year.

Dating back to 1854, the California State Wine Competition premieres only wines made with fruit grown in California; and there were 2,854 wines judged from 750 of the state's top wineries during this year's competition.

"South Coast Winery is truly honored to be bringing this recognition to Temecula Valley Wine Country, especially with only 13 years of wine production. This award is a reflection of the dedication and the collaboration between our soil and vines, the vineyard team and our talented winemakers. I'm humbled to be a part of it," states Jim Carter, the owner/vintner for the Southern California winery resort.

The top awards earned by South Coast in the 2016 competition include:

• Golden State Winery of the Year - South Coast Winery

• Double Gold 98-Best of State/Best of Region/Best of Class - 2015 South Coast Winery Sauvignon Blanc

• Double Gold 98-Best Sauvignon Blanc - 2015 South Coast Winery Winemaker Signature Collection Sauvignon Blanc

• Best of Class Region Double Gold 98 - 2015 South Coast Winery Cabernet Rosé

• Best of Class Region Gold 95 - 2015 South Coast Winery Verdelho

• Best of Class Region Gold 95-Best Varietal Rose - 2015 Tempranillo Rosé

• Best of Class Region Gold 95 - 2015 South Coast Winery Muscat Canelli

• Gold 95 - 2014 South Coast Winery Late Harvest Muscat of Alexandria

• Best of Class Region Silver 93 - 2014 South Coast Winery Mourvedre

• Silver 93 - NV South Coast Winery Ruby Cuveé

• Silver 91 - NV South Coast Winery Sparkling Gewurztraminer

• Silver 91 - NV South Coast Winery Sparkling Pinot Grigio

• Best of Class Silver 88 - 2013 South Coast Winery Zinfandel

• Best of Class Region Silver 88 -- 2013 South Coast Winery Grenache

• Silver 88 - 2014 South Coast Winery Gewurztraminer

• Silver 88 - NV South Coast Winery Extra Dry Sparkling Wine

• Bronze 87 - NV South Coast Winery Brut Sparkling Wine

• Bronze 87 - 2012 South Coast Winery TNT (Touriga Nacional-Tempranillo)

• Bronze 87 - 2015 South Coast Winery Viognier

• Bronze 86 - 2012 South Coast Winery Boulder Red

• Bronze 86 - NV South Coast Winery Romanza

• Bronze 85 - 2012 South Coast Winery Big Red Sunshine

The winery intends commemorate its win throughout the month and will be incorporating a selection of these award winning wines into its Celebrity Chef Pop-Up Dinner scheduled for June 17, 2016 at its Southern California winery resort in Temecula California.

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