Monterey Wine Competition


Over its 18 years, the annual Monterey Wine Competition has rolled out the welcome mat for great wines the world over. The Champagne houses of Dom Perignon and Lanson, for example, have enjoyed success in the past. There was the '96 competition when the iconic Napa Valley red, Joseph Phelps Insignia, won Best of Show with its excellent 1992 vintage. Wines from Australia, Spain and Italy have made their mark as well.

Competition Name

Monterey Wine Competition

Competition Date

1st Weekend of March




Salinas Valley Fair, 625 Division Street, King City CA 93930


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Dates & Fees

Competition Dates

March 2 to March 3, 2013




February 18, 2013

Contact Details


Salinas Valley Fair


Lauren Hamilton



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625 Division St.
King City, CA, 93930

Competition Details

Entry Requirements

A complete entry is comprised of four (4) 750ml or six (6) 375ml bottles. Distilled spirits entries such as brandy require three (3) 750ml or five (5) 375ml bottles. Grape varieties, residual sugar, appellation, vineyard designation, proprietary names, retail price and alcohol level must be listed on the entry form with each entry. Please fill out the entry form completely and accurately. The winery’s telephone number, email address and contact person are important. Winners will be notified shortly after the end of the competition by regular U.S. mail. Results also will be posted on the website at

Judge Information

Our judges are highly experienced wine competition judges. Cumulatively they have nearly 200 years of judging experience. They understand that awarding medals is not a matter of personal preference but one of quality for the particular varietal involved. This is not an all California panel. We have judges from several states, and judges who are quite familiar with Native American varietals, and the effect of growing traditional grapes in non-traditional areas.

Of course, wines are tasted blind, with no information concerning the producer or the price. We do however; disclose regional origins to give our judges a better context of the factors that drive the structure, flavors and aftertaste.

We believe this competition will properly evaluate the wines that you have worked so hard to produce. We believe that the post-competition internet discussion of the best wines will make an impact on your sales.

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