Competition Rules/Instructions

Rules and Instructions

39th Annual Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition

August 4, 2017

Deadline to submit is July 14th

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 4, 2017.

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 15-17, 2017.


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 14.  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:

Brutocao Cellars, attn: Wine Competition

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 or 707-901-7629. 

Awards Reception

Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition Awards Ceremony Reception
5:30pm-7:30 pm Friday August 4, 2017
Boonville Fairgrounds

Join the Mendocino wine community as we celebrate the award-winning wines from this year’s competition. A relaxed reception at the Boonville Fairgrounds will feature an abundant appetizer buffet provided by Boont Berry Farm. Sample over 200 wines from the competition while visiting with the esteemed judges and enjoying delicious appetizers. An awards ceremony will celebrate the Best of Class winners, culminating in the big reveal of the five Best of Show Awards.  A list of all medal winning wines will be available for guests at the reception and online immediately after the awards presentation.

Tickets are $35 per person. Purchase tickets here

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