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18 • June 2018 • UPBEAT TIMES, INC.


Early Summer Guide


Northern California Wines Impress Judges With Complexity And Character At The 18Th Annual North Of The Gate Wine Competition


PETALUMA, CA. ~ Of the 302 wines entered in the North of the Gate Wine Competition in Petaluma, California an un- precedented 294 were honored with awards. And yet despite the overall quality of the wines


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entered, this year’s esteemed judging panel of 12 had no trouble at all selecting just one overall winner. This year’s Best of Show was awarded to Lew- is Grace’s 2015 Petite Sirah, which also won Best of Show Red, Best of Class, Best of El Dorado County, and a Double Gold award. The North of the Gate Wine Competition, produced by the Sonoma-Marin Fair held June 20-24, 2018, is known for at- tracting high end luxury wines. Competing wines come from grapes grown in the wonder- ful Sierra Foothills all across Northern California to the beautiful California Coast. We have the consistently best wine producing regions in the world. More and more varietals are being grown and this year the judges had a difficult time awarding the best wines since so many were exceptional. Not only is the competition


one of the oldest to include all of Northern California’s unique wine regions, but it also has one of the highest esteemed judg- ing panels. This year four pan- els of professional wine judges met on April 26 to determine which would be worthy of their accolades. The Best of Show White


Wine was a racey 2017 Albari- no from Imagery Estate Winery


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