Agriculture Press Release

February 25, 2000

Two Florida wineries win "Best of Show"
in international wine competition at Florida State Fair

TAMPA -- The Florida State Fair International Wine Competition was completed on Saturday, February 12, 2000. The competition featured over 500 entries from across the United States and four foreign countries. Wine regions represented included California, Oregon, Washington, New York, Virginia, North Carolina, Illinois, New Jersey, Michigan, Missouri and Louisiana. Six Florida wineries were represented in the competition. Entries from Canada, Chile, Bulgaria and Australia were also judged.

The judging took place over 2 1/2 days with gold, silver and bronze medals being awarded to the best wines in each of several classes. On the final day of judging, the "Best of Show" competition was held among the gold medal winning wines. The results were:

Best of Show White Wine:
St. James Winery, St. James, Mo. Vintners Select Vignoles 1998

Best of Show Red Wine:
J. Lohr Winery, San Jose, Calif. Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles 1996

Best of Show Dessert Wine:
Geyser Peak Winery, Geyserville, Calif. Riesling Reserve Late Harvest 1998

Best of Show Florida White Wine:
San Sebastian Winery, St. Augustine, Fla. Stover Reserve 1999

Best of Show Florida Red Wine:
Lakeridge Winery, Clermont, Fla. Southern Red

Best of Show Florida Dessert Wine:
San Sebastian Winery, St. Augustine, Fla. Cream Sherry

The Florida State Fair International Wine Competition is co-sponsored by the Florida
State Fair Authority and the Florida Grape Growers Association. The competition, now in its 12th year, is held annually in conjunction with the Florida State Fair. For more information, contact the Florida Grape Growers Association at (941) 678-0609.


For more information:
George Demetree
(850) 488-4131

Visit A Tour of Florida Wineries at http://www.fl-ag.com/flawines

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