2019 Competition Rules/Instructions

Rules and Instructions

41st Annual Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition

August 2, 2109

Deadline to submit is July 10th

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, 2019.

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 September 13-15, 2019.


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 Enofile - if you have questions about this process, please don't hesitate to ask. Forms, fees and wine must be received by Wednesday July 10th.  Late entries will not be accepted.

The entry fee is $60 per wine for early bird registration before June 1st and $70 afterward. Please make payment online; we cannot accept checks.

Four bottles of each entry are required. Please deliver wine, marked Wine Competition, by July 17th to:

Brutocao Cellars Tasting Room - Philo, attn: Wine Competition

Brutocao Cellars, 7000 Highway 128, Philo, CA 95466  

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. 

Awards Reception

41st  Annual Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition Awards Reception Ceremony 

Friday, August 2nd

Roederer Estate 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Join the Mendocino wine community and choose from over 200 wines to taste as we celebrate the winners of this year’s competition. In addition to the myriad of wines (bring a designated driver!), enjoy a sumptuous and abundant appetizer buffet created by local favorites Croux & Co. All Best of Show and Best of Class winners will be revealed and announced. All in all, it will be the perfect summer evening, enhanced by gorgeous views overlooking the vineyards from the beautiful terraces of Roederer Estate.

Tickets are $35 per person. Purchase tickets here

For questions or more information please contact Bernadette at 707-901-7629 or info@mendowine.com.