Complete Online Entry HERE

Rules and Instructions

43rd Annual Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition

August 10, 2022

Deadline to submit is August 1st – 2022

All Mendocino County appellation and sub-appellation wines are eligible. There is no limit to the number of entries.

At least 50 cases (120 gallons) of each entry must be commercially available on August 10, 2022.

Please submit four bottles of each entry.

A wine may be entered in only one category. Wines carrying varietal labels corresponding to varietal categories may not be entered in the other varietal category.

Wineries winning gold medals should be prepared to provide six bottles of the gold medal wine along with a representative to pour at the Mendocino County Fair in Boonville September 23-25th. We will work out a schedule for the Gold Medal winners to pour for at least one shift during the weekend.


1. Cabernet Sauvignon
2. Merlot
3. Petite Sirah
4. Pinot Noir
5. Sangiovese
6. Syrah
7. Zinfandel
8. Italian red varietals
9. Blended red wine
10. Other red varietals
11. Dessert red wine
12. Sparkling wine
13. Chardonnay
14. Gew├╝rztraminer
15. Alsatian white varietals
16. Sauvignon Blanc
17. Other white varietals
18. Blended white wine
19. Late harvest white wine
20. Blush and ros├ę wine
21. Fortified wine

Categories may be subdivided at the discretion of the competition director.

How to enter

Complete online entry at

If you have questions about this process, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Registration, fees and wine must be received by Monday, August 1st.  Late entries will not be accepted.

The entry fee is $75 per wine. 

Early Bird pricing is $60 for entries submitted before July 5, 2022.

Please make payment online; we cannot accept checks.

Four bottles of each entry are required.

Ship (or drop off) wines for delivery between between July 5th and August 1st.

Please deliver wine, marked Mendocino County Wine Competition for delivery between 9am and 5pm Monday through Friday to:

Mendocino County Fairgrounds

Attn: Mendocino County Wine Competition

14400 Highway 128, Boonville, CA 95415

We will check the wines received against the online forms and follow up if there are discrepancies.

For questions or more information please contact Bernadette Byrne at or 707-901-7629. 

There will be no awards reception this year.

2022 Judges:

  • Jim Gordon – Wine Enthusiast
  • Mac Gregory – Pacifica Hotel Company VP Food & Beverage
  • Scott Taylor – Harris’ Restaurant SF Sommelier
  • Dan Berger – Wine Writer
  • Laura Ness – Wine Writer
  • Greg Richtarek – Safeway
  • Matthew Talbert – Left Coast Seafood
  • Carrie Boyle – Wine Writer Sacramento Magazine
  • Ziggy Eschliman – The Wine Gal
  • Kathleen Willcox – Wine Writer

Complete Online Entry HERE

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