Complete Online Entry HERE

Rules and Instructions

44th Annual Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition

August 2, 2023

Deadline to submit is July 17th, delivery date has been extended to July 21st

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 2, 2023.

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 22-24th. 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, July 17th.  Late entries will not be accepted.

The entry fee is $75 per wine. 

Early Bird pricing is $60 for entries submitted before July 1, 2023.

Please make payment online; we cannot accept checks.

Four bottles of each entry are required.

Ship (or drop off) wines for delivery between June 19th and July 17th.

Please deliver wine, marked Mendocino County Wine Competition for delivery between 8am and 4pm Monday through Friday to:

Brutocao Cellars, Attn: Mendocino County Wine Competition

1400 Highway 175, Hopland CA 95449


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

For questions or more information please contact

Makenzie Blaylock at or 707-901-7629. 

There will be no awards reception this year.

2023 Judges:

  • Lana Bortolot – Wine Writer, East Coast
  • Monique Soltani – Founder and Host, Wine Oh! TV
  • Berry Herbst – Wine Buyer, Bottle Barn
  • Laura Ness – Wine Writer, Sacramento
  • Greg Richtarek – Wine Buyer, Safeway Stores
  • Ziggy Eschliman – Radio and TV Personality, The Wine Gal
  • Emily Martin – Wine Blogger and Influencer, California
  • Amy Zavatto – Wine Writer, East Coast

Complete Online Entry HERE

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