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2021 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition Rules and Instructions

May 15 @ 12:00 pm July 20 @ 12:00 pm

Rules and Instructions

42nd Annual Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition

August 5, 2021

Deadline to submit is July 20th

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 5, 2021.

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 a case of the gold medal wine along with a representative to pour at the Mendocino County Fair in Boonville in September.


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. Gewürztraminer
15. Alsatian white varietals
16. Sauvignon Blanc
17. Other white varietals
18. Blended white wine
19. Late harvest white wine
20. Blush and rosé wine
21. Fortified wine

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

How to enter

Complete online entry at https://enofileonline.com/landing.aspx?competitionID=2820

If you have questions about this process, please don’t hesitate to ask. Registration, fees and wine must be received by Wednesday July 20th.  Late entries will not be accepted.

The entry fee is $70 per wine. 

Please make payment online; we cannot accept checks.

Four bottles of each entry are required. Please deliver wine, marked Mendocino County Wine Competition, by July 20th 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 byrne@mendowine.com or 707-901-7629. 

There will be no awards reception this year due to health and safety concerns.

2021 Judges:

  • Jim Gordon – Wine Enthusiast
  • Amanda Slade – Ukiah Natural Foods Wine Buyer
  • Wilfred Wong – Wine.com Wine Buyer
  • Marsella Charron – Somm Harbor House Wine Buyer
  • Linda Murphy – Press Democrat Wine Writer
  • Dan Berger – Wine Writer
  • Laura Ness – Wine Writer
  • Debra Del Fiorentino – Wine Competition
  • Chris Sawyer – Somm
  • Ziggy Eschliman – The Wine Gal

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