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This year's 2018 North of the Gate Wine Competition
Best of Show winner is Lewis Grace Winery's 2015 Petite Sirah.

Congratulations and thank you to all of the amazing wineries that participated this year. 

Each June, the Wine Garden becomes home to the medal winning wines from the Annual North of the Gate Wine Competition. This allows guests of the Sonoma-Marin Fair the opportunity to taste these medal winning wines while taking a relaxing break in the Wine Garden on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds. This tranquil environment, near the Petaluma Stage will be a favorite spot for many come those warm summertime afternoons.

The mission of the North of the Gate Wine Competition is to promote and highlight the world-class wineries of Northern California. Wines entered in this competition highlight the uniqueness of the region between the Golden Gate Bridge and the Oregon border while the winners represent world renowned wines produced by farmers and winery professionals that call this bountiful landscape home.

About the Wine Garden: The Wine Garden may be one of the best-kept secrets on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds. A quaint, quiet area with seating, a pond with waterfall and perfect shade for sunny afternoons. This area is located stage right from the Petaluma Stage on the Fairgrounds and open from 12 – 9 pm daily during the Sonoma-Marin Fair. Come to the space to relax, find some relaxation and of course taste our award winning wines from the North of the Gate Wine Competition.

720 E. Washington Petaluma, Ca.
Owner: Leslie Goodrich

Established in the spring of 2013, LALA began making jam in her home as a cottage food operator and purchased in July, 2017, her own retail store and commercial kitchen on East Washington Street in Petaluma.
LALA’s JAM BAR carries her in season jams, marmalades, and fruit butters as well as herb salts, vinegars, preserved lemons and mostarda ( an Italian mustard condiment made with fresh and dried fruits). ‘Made in Sonoma County’ food products from chocolates to bar-b-que sauce to salamis and organic pastas share the shelves of her store.

People often ask how LALA learned her craft. She began making jam with her grandmother when she was six.
Grandma Non came to California from Glasgow, Scotland with a $5 bill and her family’s jam and marmalade recipes sewn in the lining of her valise. She was a wise and fabulous teacher.

Non’s small batch recipes used local, tree ripened fruit, small amounts of sugar, and no artificial pectins. Today, LALA’s products still use her grandmother’s recipes and techniques.

In addition, LALA has created new recipes such as Mango Lime, Sriracha Pear, and Winter Strawberry Jams. She makes jams sweetened only with raw honey and other jams and fruit butters using no sugar at all.
Is ‘LALA’ her real name? No. Her brother, unable to say ‘Leslie’, gave her the name when they were little.
And she’s been LALA ever since.

Tasting Hours:

Wednesday, June 20: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Thursday, June 21: 3:00 – 9:00 pm
Friday, June 22: 3:00 – 9:00 pm
Saturday, June 23: Taste of the North Gate Wine Tasting, 4:00 – 8: 00 pm
Sunday, June 24th: 3:00 – 7:00 pm

Tickets are $10 which includes 3 Wine tastes and a Commemorative Glass.
Additional Wine tastes can be purchase for $3.00 ea.

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Congratulations to our 2018 Award Winners

Best of Show White –
Imagery Estate Winery’s 2017 Albarino

Best of Show Rose
Rodney Strong Vineyard’s 2017 Rose of Pinot Noir

Best of Show Red
Lewis Grace Winery’s 2015 Petite Sirah

Best of Lake County –
Brassfield Estate Winery 2016 Sauvignon Blanc

Best of Mendocino County –
Handley Cellars 2015 Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir

Best of Napa County –
My Italian Cousin 2015 Eugenio

Best of San Joaquin County –
Oak Farm Vineyards 2016 Tievoli

Best of Colusa County –
Grindstone Wines 2017 Rose of Syrah

Best of Sacramento County –
Lewis Grace 2017 Torrontes

Best of Sonoma County –
Schug Carneros Estate Winery 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

For a full list of this year’s award winning wines click here

1st Annual Taste of the North Gate:

On Saturday, June 23rd from 4-8PM come and enjoy a special Taste of the North Gate. We will feature wines earning the highest of honors at the 2018 North of the Gate Wine Competition while also offering guests the opportunity to taste local bites of dessert, cheese and treats.

Check back close to the fair for a list of participating wineries and local businesses.

Tickets are $15 and include 3 Wine tastes, a Commemorative Glass and unlimited food tastes. Additional Wine tastes can be purchase for $3.00 ea.

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