Thanks to the newest publication from my handy dandy Nugget Market, I discovered that the California State Fair holds a competition celebrating the best commercial wines each year. Since California produces 90% of all of the wine in the country, you can be quite certain that the winners are truly at the top of their class.
Being the Trader Joe’s wine buyer that I am, I was shocked and surprised to see how reasonable the prices were for the winners ($7-15). And since they all happen to be on sale at Nugget, I might have to pick some up just to see if they live up to their accolades!
Gold Medal 95
2006 Mendocino County, Pinot Noir, Castle Rock Winery
Best of Show: White Wine
Double Gold 98
2007 Monterey Riesling, Loredona