Events + News: Press Releases
October 3rd, 2003
WINERY WINS BEST-OF-REGION AWARD
WINERY recently announced its 2002 Viognier-Central Coast won a
Gold Medal and a Best-of-Region award at the 2003 California State
Fair. The Best-of-Region award is selected from gold medal winners
from the North-Central Coast appellations of California .
California State Fair is the oldest commercial wine competition
in the United States , and arguably the most prestigious. The Fair
began in San Francisco in 1854, and celebrated its 150 th anniversary
this past summer in Sacramento , California . Since the 1950ís,
all judges must demonstrate professional tasting experience and
pass a comprehensive examination designed by the University of California
at Davis .
is a lesser-known white grape variety traditionally grown in the
Rhone region of France . As a white wine, it exhibits forward aromas
and flavors reminiscent of apricots. According to the California
Agricultural Statistics survey, there were 2001 acres of Viognier
planted in California in 2002. This is just 0.4% of the 481,000
acres of wine grapes in the state.
Nielson/Winery Exchange, a wine sales reporting service, indicates
U.S. total table wine volume increased in the last year by 3.5%.
Most of this growth was generated by imports which saw a 17.5% increase.
Domestic wines grew by 0.9%.
WINERY celebrates 70 years in business in 2003. For more information
on upcoming events, please see www.bargetto.com
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