Spirits Competition

Best Of Monterey

Furthermore Wines

2018 Pinot Noir

Sierra Mar Vineyard

Wine Of The Year

Lightpost Winery

2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve

Paso Robles

Winery Of The Year

Macchia Wines

Acampo. California

Spirit Of The Year

Garrison Brothers Distillery

“Guadalupe” Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Port Cask Finished, 2021 Release

Our Judges

Wayne Belding

Master Sommelier, Boulder, CO

Thrace Bromberger

WALT Wines, Sonoma, CA

Amy Butler

Owner/Winemaker, Ranhero Cellars, Paso Robles, Ca

Anna Marie dos Remedios

Owner/Winemaker, Idle Hour Winery, Carmel Valley, CA

Traci Dutton

Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, Calistoga, CA

Tom Stutz

Consulting Winemaker, Santa Rose, CA

Kimberly Charles

Charles Communications Associates, San Francisco, CA

Angie Lazarre

Director/Co-Winemaker, Lazarre Wine

Mike Stepanovich

Wine Writer/Author, Bakersfield, CA

Patrick Muran

Winemaker, Niner Wines, Paso Robles, CA

Laura Ness

Wine Writer, Monterey, CA

Tim McDonald

Wine & Spirits Spoken Here

Dr. Valery Uhl

North of the Gate Wine Competition, Petaluma, CA

Brett Jones

Noble Vines, San Bernabe, CA

Kevin Walsh

WSET Advanced, Henry Wine Group, San Diego, CA

Jon Walton

Subject to Change Wine Co. Oakland, CA

Adam Lazarre

Lazarre Wines, Paso Robles, CA

Ellen Landis

ellenonwine.com, Windsor, CA

The Competition

Award Categories

Judges will award Silver honors to wines that demonstrate above average character for the wine type and place of origin. Gold honors will be awarded to wines that rise above a straightforward recommendation. Platinum awards will be reserved for wines that are the best of the best as selected by our judges. Judges will taste all wines blind, but may ask for information about place of origin or grape varieties included in a blend. Producer, price and vintage will not be disclosed until the close of the competition. The Director may, at his discretion, recognize outstanding performances by an individual winery or importer following tabulation of all results. Awards will be announced at www.montereywinecompetition.com and by regular mail.


Competition Rules

  1. To qualify for entry in the 2022 Monterey Wine Competition a wine must have been produced for commercial sale. Homemade wines will not be accepted for judging.
  2. Each wine's category will be determined by information on the label.
  3. The decision of the judges is final.
  4. The Director reserves the right to create new categories as entries warrant.
  5. Four (4) 750ml or six (6) 375ml bottles comprise a wine entry.
  6. All wines entered must be received by March 6th, 2022.
  7. Make checks payable to Salinas Valley Fair or complete and submit credit card authorization form.

International Wines: The 2022 Monterey Wine Competition accepts entries from commercial wineries worldwide.

Spirits: We are accepting spirits entries as a new aspect of our competition – please visit thedatastill.com to enter spirits – we’re taking all types and origins, mixers and premixed cocktails in any format.  Cheers!

General Questions

Lauren Hamilton
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Competition Questions

Rich Cook, Director
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  • Chief Executive Officer: Lauren Hamilton (Acting)
  • Competition Director: Rich Cook
  • Cellar Master: Janice D’Arcy
  • Staging Manager: Kevin Piearcy
  • Entries & Payments: Lauren Hamilton
  • Administrative Support: Lauren Hamilton
  • Volunteer Coodinator: Terry Lewis