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Wine competition accepting entries

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PASO ROBLES — Calling all Central Coast winemakers: Entries are now being accepted for the Central Coast Wine Competition (CCWC), which takes place June 21-22 in Paso Robles.

Professional winemakers may register under early bird pricing by Friday, May 26; the final date to enter at full price is Friday, June 9. To register, visit cmsfw.fairmanager.com.

The eligible counties are: Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.

The judges this year include Matt Kettmann of Wine Enthusiast magazine, Mary Orlin of the San Jose Mercury News and Patrick Comiskey, journalist at Wine and Spirits and author.

“Our mission with the CCWC is to highlight and celebrate the world class wines of the Central Coast,” said Mid-State Fair CEO Michael Bradley. “This year’s competition is gearing up to be the best yet.”

The Central Coast Wine Competition is the largest evaluation event for wines produced exclusively on California’s Central Coast and is hosted by seven fairs: The California Mid-State Fair, Contra Costa County Fair, Grand National Livestock Exposition, Horse Show and Rodeo, Monterey County Fair, San Benito County Fair and the Santa Barbara County Fair.

Enrollment has also begun for Home Winemakers Competition, the second-annual Craft Spirits Competition, the Central Coast Vinegar Competition and the Packaging Competition.

For more information on the Central Coast Craft Spirits Competition, visit cmsfs.fairmanager.com. For the Professional and Home Winemakers competition and the Central Coast Vinegar Competition, visit cmsfw.fairmanager.com.

The 2017 California Mid-State Fair runs July 19 through July 30. This year’s theme is “Come One, Come All…”

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