NORTH OF THE GATE WINE COMPETITION
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.
North of the Gate Wine Competition has identified the following objectives which will…
…offer a venue for wine from the eligible counties to be judged.
…promote agriculture by recognizing the wine industry as a vital agricultural component of the region.
…increase exposure of wineries to the wine consumer with over 60,000 people who visit the annual Sonoma-Marin Fair.
…offer meaningful competition between winemakers to encourage high-quality practices throughout the winemaking industry.
Winery Benefits and Marketing Opportunities
- Exposure to professional judges representing trade, education, media, and/or retail.
- Medal Winners are featured in a display during the 5-day Sonoma-Marin Fair.
- Best of Show, Sweepstakes, Best of County, Best of Class, Double Gold, and Gold Medal wines are featured in the Fair Wine Garden. This is NOTG only pouring and wineries will also be invited to pour their wines for an evening.
- Award-winning wines will be printed in an award booklet offered to the public in the Wine Garden and the Fair wine display.
- Media releases announcing winners. Online, social media and print outlets will all be utilized.
- Medal Winning Wineries will receive a marketing packet for seamless inclusion into their print, social and other marketing efforts.
The benefits of participation are many and provide invaluable exposure for your winery.
- Exposure to professional judges representing trade, education, media, and/or
- Medal Winners are featured in a display during the 5-day annual Sonoma-Marin
- Best of Show, Sweepstakes, Best of County, Best of Class, Double Gold, and Gold Medal wines are featured in the Fair Wine
This is NOTG only pouring, and wineries will also be invited to pour their wines for an evening.
- Award winning wines will be printed in an award booklet offered to the public in the Wine Garden and the Fair wine
- Media releases announcing Online, social media, and print outlets will all be utilized.
- Eligibility: commercial wines that are made in the counties of: Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Marin, Mendocino, Modoc, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo and Yuba. Any bottled wine labeled with the above counties as their main source of grapes, even if bottled out of the area, is eligible for
- A copy of the completed entry form with the fees must be received by the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds by Monday, March 18th, 2019.
- All wines must be received at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds at 175 Fairgrounds Drive in Petaluma between March 18th and 22nd, 2019. Office hours are 8:00 m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, we are closed from 12-1 p.m. for lunch daily.
- All Best of Show, Sweepstakes, Best of County, Best of Class, and Double Gold winning winery brands are required to pour or send one case of the winning wine (sent wine becomes the property of the Sonoma-Marin Fair and will not be returned) to be poured during the NOTG Wine tasting at the 2019 Sonoma-Marin Fair. Gold Medal Wines are encouraged to participate; additional information to follow. Wineries must comply with this requirement to receive recognition for their award. Wine to be provided by winery at their expense.
- There is no limit to the number of entries per
- There is no limit to the number of vintages of the same variety a winery may
- The same wine (although marketed under a different label) may not be entered in more than one However, a winery may submit multiple entries in the same category.
- Wines entered must be available for commercial sale prior to the start of judging, Thursday, March 28th, 2019.
JUDGING OF WINES
- Wines will be evaluated and scored blind by a panel of qualified judges; the judges’ decision is
- The competition reserves the right to re-classify wine
- The competition is not responsible for errors in
Judges will award Double Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze awards as well as Best of Show, Sweepstakes: Best Red, Blush/Rose, Sparkling, White, Sweet and Fortified; Best of Class, Best of County and Winemaker of the Competition Awards. Best of Show and Winemaker of the Competition will receive plaques. Certificates will be awarded to Sweepstakes: Best Red, Blush/Rose, Sparkling, White, Sweet and Fortified; Best of Class, Best of County. Bottle medallions will be awarded to Double Gold, Gold, and Silver wines. Best of Show is awarded to one wine recognized to possess characteristics of the highest quality overall.
Following the judging, wineries will be notified of any awards won. All medal award-winning wineries required for the public tasting, mentioned on #4 of the rules, will be contacted to schedule pouring.
For specific wine or entry questions contact: Dr. Valery Uhl, Wine Competition Director, 510-421-7808
For delivery or payment questions contact the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds staff: 707-283-3247 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org