A red wine that just recently rolled onto retail shelves took top honors at the 67th annual L.A. County Fair Wines of the World Competition. Cycles Gladiator, Syrah, Central Coast, 2004 took the Best Wine of the Competition award from 3,785 domestic and international entries from 982 wineries. The syrah, which retails for about $9.99, is from Hahn Estates, the winery that also produced the Best Wine of the Competition in 2004.
“This is remarkable,” said Adam LaZarre, winemaker of the Cycles Gladiator syrah and of the 2004 winner Hahn Estates, Syrah, Central Coast, 2002. “This just validates what we’re doing at the winery.”
Kathy Lynskey Wines, Sauvignon Blanc, Vineyard Select, Marlborough, 2005 took the Best White Wine division. Best Sparkling Wine went to La Tordera Prosecco Extra Dry, Alne. Best Rosé went to St. James, Pink Catawba, Missouri. Best Late Harvest Wine was Magnotta Winery, Riesling Ice Wine, Niagara Peninsula. Best Organic Wine went to Bonterra Vineyards, Muscat, Bartolucci Vineyard, Lake County, 2005. Best Dessert Wine went to Feudo Arancio, Passito, Estate, Sicilia IGT, 2004. Best Distilled Wine Product was Korbel Champagne Cellars, Brandy, XS.
The nod for Best Limited Production Wine of the Competition went to Fasi Crest Winery, Syrah, Private Reserve, Madera County, 2004. Best Limited Production White Wine of the Competition was awarded to Cosentino, Pinot Grigio, Steward Vineyard, Solano County, 2005. Continuing with limited production, the Best Dessert Wine was Vignalta, Alpianae, Passito, Colli Euganei Fio D’ Arancio, 2004.
In the Olive Oils of the World Competition, Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Domestic Light went to Stella Cadente Olive Oil, Frantoio, Leccino, Pendolino, Maurino, Moraiolo, Mendocina. Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Domestic Medium was California Olive Ranch, Arbequina Blends, Oroville. For Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Domestic Intense, the award went to Lunigiana Estate, Frantoio, Leccino, Pendolino, Maurino, Moraiolo, Sonoma County. Best International Light was awarded to Mas Des Bories Provence DOP, Aglandau Bouteillan, France. Best International Medium: Te Arai Olive Estate, New Zealand Mono Cultivar, Frantoio, New Zealand. And Best International Intense was Olivares de Quepa SA Chile Mono Cultivar, Picual, Talca, Chile. Best Flavored was given to Round Pond Olive Oil, Orange, Rutherford. There were 386 oils entered in the competition by 246 producers.
The olive oil and wine competitions were held May 16-19 at Fairplex in Pomona, home of the L.A. County Fair. A complete list of results will be available on the Web site, www.fairplex.com/wine2006, beginning May 22. Medal winners will be available for the public to taste in The Vineyard during the Fair, Sept. 8 – Oct. 1, closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
For more information, visit the Web site at www.lacountyfair.com. For general information call (909) 623-3111.