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Best of Show: California’s finest wine, beer, cheese and olive oil recognized at State Capitol

It’s fair season! With the State Fair coming up July 12-28, judges have been busy tasting and testing some of California’s finest agricultural products for the coveted annual “Best of Show” awards.

CDFA Undersecretary Jenny Lester Moffitt joined in the festivities on the west steps of the State Capitol this morning, helping California State Fair officials recognize the “Best of Show” winners from the 2019 Commercial Wine, Beer, Cheese, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil competitions. Our winners:


Best of Show Red – Concannon Reserve, Livermore Valley
Best of Show White – Las Positas Vineyards, Livermore Valley
Best of Show Dessert – Lewis Grace, El Dorado
Best of Show Pink – Buttonwood Winery & Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley
Best of Show Sparkling – Korbel, California
Best Value Wine – Trader Moon Wine, California
Golden State Winery of the Year – Jeff Runquist Wines, Plymouth


Best of Show – Angel City Brewery, Los Angeles
Brewery of the Year – Morgan Territory, Tracy


Best of Show Cow – Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co. (4th year in a row!), Point Reyes
Best of Show Other Milk Type – Laura Chenel, Sonoma

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Best of Show EVOO – Bondolio, Winters/Yolo County
Best of Show Flavored – Calivirgin Olive Oil, Lodi/San Joaquin County

California Assembly Committee on Agriculture Chair Susan Talamantes Eggman poses with Brewery of the Year winners Craig Cauwels and Kyle Manigold from Morgan Territory Brewing in Tracy. Also pictured are State Fair Board Chair Rina DiMare and State Fair CEO Rick Pickering.

About the California State Fair
The California State Fair is dedicated as a place to celebrate the best the state has to offer in agriculture, technology and the diversity of its people, traditions and trends that shape the Golden State’s future. Join us for the 166th California State Fair, July 12-28, 2019.

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