2021 Central Coast Wine, Vinegar, and Spirits Competition Name Winners

PASO ROBLES — The California Mid-State Fair is pleased to announce the winners of the 19th annual Central Coast Wine Competition (CCWC), the Central Coast Spirits Competition (CCSC), and the Central Coast Vinegar Competition (CCVC). The blind-tasting event was held on Jun. 15 through the 17 at the Paso Robles Event Center. This is the largest wine competition on California’s Central Coast, which encompasses ten counties stretching from Alameda to Ventura.

This year’s competition included 94 wineries and 508 wines entered. The competition features 62 classes based on grape varieties and vintages, where the “Best of “ wines are selected for their varietal typicity, quality, and character.

Best of Show/Best of Red – Carol Shelton Wines, Santa Rosa, 2019 Coquille Rogue


Best Dessert – Halter Ranch, Paso Robles, 2019 Vin De Paille

Best Sparkling – Robert Hall, Paso Robles, 2019 Cavern Select Sparkling Grenache Blanc

Best Rose – Vina Robles Vineyards and Winery, Paso Robles, 2020 Ros Huerhuero Vineyard

Best White – Bushong Vintage Company, Paso Robles, 2020 Spanish Castle Queen

The Central Coast Wine Competition named Pear Valley Vineyards as the 2021 Winery of the Year. The Paso Robles winery had 20 entries with four best of class awards, four double golds, and five golds. This is the first Winery of the Year honor for Pear Valley.

The Central Coast Spirits Competition featured 60 total classes with 13 companies and 35 total entries.

Best of Show/Best of Class Whiskey – Stark Spirits, Pasadena, Peated Single Malt

Best of Class Amaro – Pendray’s Distillery, Templeton, Amaro

Best of Class Gin – Tin City Distillery, Paso Robles, Classic Gin

Best of Class Rye – Krobar Craft Distillery, Paso Robles, 100 percent Rye

Best of Class Vodka – Azeo, Paso Robles, Vodka

The Central Coast Vinegar Competition featured four brands with 11 total entries in 11 classes based on varieties.

Best of Show/Best of Class Barrel Aged – Kismet Refining Company, Escondido, Black Garlic Balsamic

Best of Class Flavored – Kismet Refining Company, Escondido, Hibiscus

Best of Class Infused – Broken Clock Vinegar Works, Solvang, Chardonnay and Lavender

Best of Class Other Fruit – Aris Vinegar, Paso Robles, Pomegranate

“The Central Coast produces extraordinary wines, spirits, and vinegars, and we are proud to be able to showcase several of the best. We look forward to displaying these winning entries during the 2021 California Mid-State Fair,” said Colleen Bojorquez, Interim CEO.

Full results for all three competitions can be found at centralcoastwinecomp.com

The 2021 California Mid-State Fair runs Jul. 21 through Aug. 1, and this year, it is celebrating its 75th Anniversary.

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