2018 Competition Rules/Instructions

Rules and Instructions

40th Annual Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition

August 10, 2018

Deadline to submit is July 13th

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 3, 2018.

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 14-16, 2018.


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 13.  Late entries will not be accepted.

The entry fee is $60 per wine for early bird registration before July 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 14 to:

Dunnewood Winery, attn: Wine Competition

Dunnewood Vineyards & Winery, 2399 North State Street, Ukiah, CA 95482  

PLEASE NOTE: Dunnewood is open Mon-Thursday, 6am-4:30pm

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

40th Annual Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition Awards Ceremony and Mendocino College Gala Wine Festival

Saturday, August 11th 4pm-8pm

Mendocino College Pomo Plaza

Join the Mendocino wine community as we applaud the award-winning wines from this year’s competition at the Mendocino College Gala Wine Festival on Saturday, August 11th. Mendocino Winegrowers has partnered with the Mendocino College Foundation to host this evening and support the Foundation's vision of being a major force in helping students turn their hopes and dreams into realities.

Our distinguished emcee, Senator Mike McGuire, will announce the Best of Show and Best of Class awards during the wine reception of the Gala prior to dinner.  Passed hors d’oeuvres, bountiful charcuterie and delicious bites including crab cakes will be served while guests enjoy sampling wines from a selection of Mendocino wineries.

Ellery Clark Catering will be serving a delicious alfresco dinner buffet of summer salads, grilled tri-tip, chicken and fresh vegetables.  Senator Mike McGuire will be the auctioneer during dinner of the live auction.

Join the fun of the wine pull, silent auction, and golden ticket raffle and enjoy a beautiful evening celebrating Mendocino County wines and our generous community.

Tickets are $75 per person. Purchase tickets here

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