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(Aug. 13, 2008)—Navarro Vineyards is one of my favorite California wineries. With my nieces growing up in Mendocino County, I've been fortunate to pay several visits there. As for wines, I have been hooked for quite sometime on Navarro's Chardonnays and was excited to see this news release come through.

UKIAH, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—The Mendocino County Fair has announced the results of its 32nd annual wine competition. Fifty-four wineries entered 255 wines, 100% of them crafted exclusively from Mendocino County winegrapes. The distinguished panel of 14 judges awarded 202 medals in 19 categories.

Three wines won Sweepstakes awards, which included a new green wine sweepstakes award for a wine made from winegrapes farmed using sustainable, certified organic or Biodynamic® practices.

The Best in Show Red was taken by Graziano Family of Wines 2005 Petite Sirah; Best in Show White was Parducci Wine Cellars 2007 Sauvignon Blanc; and the Green Wine sweepstakes was won by Bonterra 2006 Chardonnay. Double Gold medals were awarded to Bonterra Vineyards 2007 Rosé, Londer Vineyards 2007 Dry Gewurztraminer, Parducci Wine Cellars 2007 Mendocino Sauvignon Blanc, Parducci Wine Cellars 2006 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir, and Standish Wine Co. 2006 Mayflower Pinot Noir.

Navarro Vineyards led in the number of medals with 20, followed by Husch Vineyards with 14, Graziano Family of Wines with 12, and Handley Cellars with 10. Several wineries won gold medals with the entry of a single wine: Cakebread Cellars 2005 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir; Raye's Hill 2005 Henneberg Anderson Valley Pinot Noir; Roederer Estate Brut NV; Scharffenberger Cremant; and Terra Savia 2006 Sanel Valley Vineyard Chardonnay.

Rich Schaefers, this year's Chairman of Mendocino Winegrape & Wine Commission, which annually manages the competition, said, "One of the most gratifying aspects of the competition was to see the overall high caliber of entries, which resulted in nearly 80% of them getting awards from a very experienced and tough panel of judges."

Heidi Dickerson, author of Mendocino: The Ultimate Wine & Food Lover’s Guide, directed this years competition. "It was interesting to note that the sweepstakes and gold medal winners came from a diversity of Mendocino County AVA's, a fact that reflects the quality of winegrapes and wines from all of the county's eleven distinct growing regions," she said.

Judges included Mark Bowery, George Bursick, Jeff Cox, Thom Elkjer, Ziggy Eschliman, Linda Murphy, Ben Pearson, Pooch Pucilowski, Glen Putman, Renato Sardo, Christopher Sawyer, Tom Simoneau, Forrest Tancer, and Wilfred Wong. To see the full list of 2008 medal winners, please visit

About Mendocino Winegrape & Wine Commission

The Mendocino Winegrape & Wine Commission is an alliance of 73 wineries and 343 winegrape growers based in Mendocino County, California.

The Commission, founded in 2006, is dedicated to sharing knowledge of the singular attributes of the winegrapes, wines and wine estates of Mendocino County, Americas Greenest Wine Region, with a diversity of audiences around the world., (707) 468-9886.

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