The Central Coast Wine Competition announced Hearst Ranch Winery as the 2011 winery of the year at the California Mid-State Fair’s annual Cattlemen and Farmer’s Day.

George Hearst and Jim Saunders accept Winery of the Year Award

George Hearst and Jim Saunders accept Winery of the Year Award

The winery of the year award is a new award, which seeks to recognize the winery that presented the most exceptional selection of wines at the Central Coast Wine Competition.

Criteria for selection of the Winery of the Year award required a minimum of five entries and a ratio based on number of medals earned and overall number of gold medals. Hearst Ranch Winery entered a total of six wines in the competition, earning three gold medals and two silver medals.

This ratio of award winning wines to total wines entered attests to the superior quality of wines produced by Hearst Ranch Winery.

Hearst Ranch Winery’s award-winning vintages include the 2009 Glacier Ridge Chardonnay and the 2009 Three Sisters Cuvee, which wine writer and competition judge Dan Berger praised as exceptional, well crafted wines in his weekly wine commentary, “Dan Berger’s Vintage Experiences.”The 2009 Sauvignon Blanc also won a gold medal at the competition and the 2009 vintages of Tempranillo and Malbec received silver medals.

The 2011 Central Coast Wine Competition featured a record number of entries with over 600 wines entered. Any wines produced from grapes grown in the Central Coast American Viticultural Area (AVA), which stretches from San Francisco County to Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, were eligible to be entered.

The Central Coast AVA produces 15 percent of the state’s total wine grape production and encompasses more than 360 wineries.

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